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The phenom

At 21, Mike Trout is playing like a vet. But is he already at his peak?

Originally Published: September 20, 2012
By Sam Miller | ESPN The Magazine

THERE WAS ONE month in Mike Trout's life when anybody could get him out. It was last October, and he was playing in the Arizona Fall League, manning centerfield alongside leftfielder Bryce Harper for the Scottsdale Scorpions. In dry air, against inconsistent pitching, Harper hit like a future MVP. But Trout was exhausted. He chased pitches he would normally take, struck out in nearly a third ofhis at-bats and barely tried to steal bases. He hit .245 and looked as if he wanted ...

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