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Mike Trout's one 'weakness'

Updated: April 4, 2013, 11:17 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Mike Trout had a season that nobody has ever had before, with a buffet of home runs and stolen bases and runs and home run-robbing catches. This is why a majority of talent evaluators already believe he is the best player in the game.

If you wanted to find a blemish -- the smallest imperfection -- then it would be in his strikeout total of last year, 139. To be clear: Nobody complained about that, or criticized him for it. But Trout has mentioned to reporters that he'd like to reduce that rate of strikeouts this year. Jerry Dipoto, the Angels' general manager, marveled over the phone Wednesday about Trout's swing -- a quick path, so simple, with maximum efficiency -- and in the conversation, he mentioned Paul Molitor's famous swing as a similar example.

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