In case you hadn't heard, Mike Trout has come into Spring Training at 241 pounds, which is 10 to 15 more than last season.
That is not encouraging, however, Mike Scioscia said he's not worried. At the press conference, he said:
"He's 21 now, so the weight is not a concern. You don't know how much a body is going to fill out. He's running great. He feels great. He's not too far from where he played last year. Everything he has is muscle. His body [composition] is still terrific, from what the trainers tell me. If a player is 28 and he comes in a little heavier, it's probably more of a concern. These young kids in our lineup are still growing -- particularly the kids from Latin America. They'll start to fill out quicker because of diets and strength and conditioning.''
Hopefully the trainers are right, and he's able to drop the extra pounds quickly, and he seems to think he will.
Trout has adopted the theory that people everywhere do during the Winter, with Summer around the corner, saying that he purposely came into camp overweight because he loses 5-10 pounds during Spring Training.
That's not a terrible mindset to have, but it's not the best.
What would make the most sense is for a player to come into camp relatively close to game shape, and not 15 pounds overweight. Baseball isn't a sport where you need to be in great shape, but it definitely does help, and young or not, all that extra weight will put more strain on his body, when it isn't necessary.
There's still a lot of camp to go, so we'll see if his theory worked.