Angels' Trout eager to steal more bases this season

Jonah Birenbaum

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Angels phenom Mike Trout, who refuses to succumb to complacency, has already identified something he'd like to improve upon this season, reports's Alden Gonzalez.

"I thought my stolen bases were down last year," Trout said. "I have to take advantage of taking that extra base."

After compiling 49 stolen bases in 54 attempts during his astounding rookie season, the dynamic outfielder curtailed his aggressiveness on the basepaths in 2013, swiping 33 bags in 40 tries. Though the decline could be easily attributed to his changing role in the Angels' lineup -- he spent his rookie season as the club's leadoff hitter, but was bumped to No. 3 spot for much of the 2013 campaign -- Trout appears resolved to replicate the success he enjoyed two seasons ago.

"A lot of you guys brought up 'sophomore slump,' and I was making fun of it last year that there's going to be a 'junior slump' this year," Trout said. "But your numbers are going to be where they're going to be. I just like competing. I like being on the field; I like the adrenaline rush, running on the field, making that big play, getting that big hit. That's what I love to do, is play the game."