Mike Trout

Three Goals For Mike Trout in 2019

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on prior to a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on September 25, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on prior to a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on September 25, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim steals second base in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Mariners 5-4. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim steals second base in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Mariners 5-4. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) /

Join the 40/40 club

In the history of the MLB, there have been only four players to ever hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season. Josè Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano are in perhaps the most exclusive group in baseball. Next season, Trout could have a real chance of joining them.

Last year, Trout hit 39 home runs. Given that he missed over 20 games due to injury and spending time on the bereavement list, Trout seems like a healthy candidate for 40 big flies in 2019.

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The real question comes with stolen bases. Trout has only stolen more than 40 once in his career, and that was in his rookie season where Trout swept 49 bags. Since then, stealing bases has not been a huge part of Trout’s game, but he has stolen a collective 66 in his past three years.

Now, Trout needs to steal more bases. He does it at an elite clip, as he was only caught twice last year in 26 attempts. While that number is partially due to Trout picking and choosing when he runs, he has the speed and instincts to be an elite threat on the bases.

If Trout can swipe 40 bags, not only would he be joining an elite group of players in the 40/40 club, it would help the team as well. Last season, Trout hit 79 RBI’s. Considering he hit 39 home runs, he was only hit in by a teammate 40 times. That’s a preposterous number, and with Shohei Ohtani hitting behind him consistently this year, Trout needs to be in scoring position, which involves stealing bases.

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