I couldn’t really think of anything to write about today so I’m going to write/rant a little about Mike Trout, something I’ve been thinking about for a couple weeks. More specifically I want to write about how his game has changed the last couple years, in my opinion for the better. I’m not saying Mike Trout himself is getting better, was already crazy talented, it’s more that his mindset has changed. Before I get into it I have to say something, why on earth are pitchers still trying to get him out with pitches down in the zone? He is a great low ball hitter, his uppercut makes hitting a low pitch way too easy, I’ve noticed that (since he came up) that he can’t touch a fastball up in zone. Not just the upper 90’s fastball up either he has problems with the mediocre 89-90 mph fastballs that are up, but yet they still throw him low breaking/offspeed stuff? I just don’t get it.
Sorry for the rant I’ll get into it now. My point to this post is to talk about how Mike Trout has changed his game. Those of you who know me or have read this blog the last couple years know that I don’t think Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. Yes, Trout puts up great numbers almost every year but when you look at his tools, they’re obviously good but I just think there are a few players out there with better all around tools. The point I’m trying to make is Mike Trout went from a .280 hitter with 40 bombs but would strike out 180-200 times to the more all around player that’s a legitimate 30 homers 30 stolen bases threat. Hitting well over .300 while going 30/30 is so much better than just being a traditional homer or strikeout kind of power hitter. How many legit 30/30 guys are out there? Not that many. How many traditional power hitters that strike out a bunch? Those are a dime a dozen. Like I said I really believe that it’s simply just his mindset, he decided after a couple years of just being a regular power hitter that he wants to put the ball in play more and that can help a batting average tremendously. In turn he’s on base more and to help the team he’s stealing more bases. And this is the new Mike Trout and when people say this Mike Trout is the best player in baseball it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. Something to keep an eye on though, his swing percentage is the highest it’s ever been he’s still a disciplined hitter but still.