Each spring, we encounter stories about players who've gained or lost 10 to 30 pounds. And no matter which direction these dudes move on the weight chart, the fantasy community usually gets excited. We're either thinking, "He's huge! Best shape of his life! Breakout!" or it's, "Cat-quick! Best shape of his life! Career year!"
Generally speaking, we just really like change.
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One of this year's gainers is 21-year-old Mike Trout, the guy who ranked as last season's most valuable fantasy commodity. Trout's fantasy value in 2012 was, of course, largely tied to his speed. The kid swiped 49 bags in only 54 attempts, plus he scored 129 runs in just 139 games. Thus, his increased mass seems notable, maybe even troubling. This from the L.A. Times...
Mike Trout assures you he is not fat.
Yes, the 21-year-old outfielder reported to spring training at 241 pounds, about 10 to 15 pounds more than he weighed in 2012 and five pounds heavier than slugger Albert Pujols, who checked in at 236.
But most of the added weight is muscle — Trout's body fat is 9% — and he expects to lose about 10 pounds during camp, which would put him right around the weight he finished last season at, 230 pounds.
Trout is actually listed by the team at 210, which led to reports that he actually put on as much as 30 pounds. The point is, there's now more Mike Trout in the world, which can't be a bad thing.
Unless his speed is compromised. That wouldn't help anyone.
Trout is telling us not to panic...
"Don't worry about it, I'm fine," he said. "This is nothing too crazy. I feel fast. I feel quick. I should be good."
...so I'm choosing not to. Again, Trout has suggested that he expects to lose 5-10 pounds during spring workouts, so perhaps he'll enter the regular season at last year's playing weight. Or maybe he's already entering the Shawn-Kemp-in-Cleveland phase of his career, and his rebounding rate is about to tank. Dunno. I'm still projecting a 120-25-75-55-.305 fantasy line for Trout, which means he's still near the top of my draft board.
We should note that Josh Hamilton apparently dropped 20 pounds during the off-season, reporting at 225 ("Best shape of his life! Career year!"), so the aggregate weight of the Halos' lineup is likely to come in on target.
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