Middle ground key for Mike Trout

The Angels' phenom faces expectations piled as high as the Matterhorn

Updated: July 9, 2011, 3:00 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When a player as young and talented as Mike Trout pulls into the last station ahead of schedule, there's a tendency to presume extremes. Either he's about to be the biggest bust in baseball history or he just wrote the first anecdote for his Cooperstown induction speech.

It's easy to forget that the game is almost always contested somewhere in the middle.

Trout isn't in Anaheim a month before his 20th birthday because the Los Angeles Angels think he's going ...

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