Angels outfielder Mike Trout was a measly 11-for-18 in the stolen base department last season, and he wants to improve on those numbers in 2016, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. Trout said his confidence on the base paths was down.
Of course, Trout said the same thing last year, saying his two biggest goals for the 2015 season included cutting down on strikeouts and stealing more bases. He did cut down the whiffs, at least, going from a league-leading total of 184 in 2014 to 158 in 2015. But Trout’s stolen base total declined for a third consecutive season after leading the majors with 49 in 2012, dropping to 33, then 16, then 11.
It’s tough to find flaws in Trout’s game, as he finished as a runner-up in American League Most Valuable Player Award balloting for the third time in four years, and winning it in the other year. This past season, he hit .299/.402/.590 with 41 home runs, 90 RBI, and 104 runs scored. Those who might be the happiest if Trout steals more bases might not be the Angels, but those who use their #1 overall pick in fantasy baseball drafts to select Trout.