2013 MLB Preview: Can Mike Trout Avoid Sophomore Jinx?

By Clayton Richer
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Los Angeles Angles outfielder Mike Trout had a rookie year second to none, putting up statistics only imaginable on a video console. So where does Mike Trout go from here? Can Mike Trout avoid the dreaded “Sophomore Jinx”?

Trout apparently didn’t take the winter off after tasting major league greatness either. The rookie of the year is rumoured to have packed on a considerable amount of muscle during the offseason. This will no doubt assist him over the course and rigors of a 162 game schedule bit will it affect his speed?

If spring training is any indication it doesn’t appear Trout will fall to the second year blues. Trout concluded spring training .352 with 19 hits, five stolen bases and one home run. Wait a minute…That wasn’t a typo, Trout only connected for one lone home run in 67 plate appearances.

Last season the five tool phenom connected for 30 home runs in 639 plate appearances. So is the spring power outage a case of winter rust or will Trout be swimming upstream this season. To add to the argument, Trout only hit 23 career minor league home runs in 1312 plate appearances at various levels.

The Angels and their faithful hope its full speed ahead for Trout in 2013, but his past power statistics may be an indication of what the future holds.

Sophomore jinx aside the man is a sensational talent and a great ambassador for the gamn, now the question is can he do it again?

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.

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