Angels' Trout feeling more comfortable this spring

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm •  Published: February 19, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Angels outfielder Mike Trout shares a locker room with the likes of Albert Pujols and he still draws a crowd.

That's what happens to players who are linked to Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Pujols as the only players in major league history to hit .320 with 50 home runs and 200 runs scored in their first two full seasons.

On Wednesday, Trout held court with hordes of reporters in the right-field stands at the team's training facility in Tempe. It was a stark contrast to two years ago, when Trout joined other Angels prospects in a corner of the locker room and only sporadically fielded questions.

He said he spent a great deal of the offseason in the woods as a hunter and with a trainer to keep up his 235-pound build.

He even found something to improve on from last season's .323 average, .432 on-base percentage, 27-homer, 97-RBI line.

"There's always something to work on," said the 22-year-old Trout, who will play center field exclusively this season. "My steals were down. I've got to take advantage of getting that extra base on the base paths.

"From a team standpoint, we've got to have better starts. The last two years killed us. We've got to figure out a way to prepare ourselves to come out in a hot streak. I've always told myself and everybody that the first couple of weeks of the season can make or break your season. The last couple of years we've struggled. We've got to improve on that."

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia is of the opinion that Trout won't be relaxing after two standout seasons.

"He's certainly not a guy who's going to be prone to be complacent," Scioscia said. "Mike's undergone a progression in pro ball for the last three or four years. He's going to keep trying to improve in every aspect and try to be the most consistent player that he can.

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