Mike Trout on weight gain: I put on eight pounds, and it was all muscle

Mike Trout says the reports that he showed up to spring training overweight are inaccurate and overblown.

Many fans and analysts were concerned that Trout fell out of shape over the offseason after word circulated that the reigning AL Rookie of the Year had put on weight. The report seemed to emanate from Angels beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, who tweeted this on Feb. 14:

Reading that Trout was up to 240 pounds and looking like a fullback was pretty stunning, especially when you consider that his player profile on most sports websites lists him at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, which would equate to a 40-pound gain. Additionally, photos posted to Trout’s Twitter account didn’t seem to show a noticeable change in his physique. That’s probably because there wasn’t much of one.

Mike Trout AngelsOn Thursday, Trout set the record straight about his weight during an interview with Mike Gill’s “The Sports Bash” on 97.3 FM in Trout’s home state of New Jersey.

“People say I gained 30 or 40 pounds, they got a wrong answer,” Trout told Gill. “I came into camp like eight pounds over what I played at last year. I ended the year last year 231, and I came in to camp like 240. I’m down to like 235 now.

“I feel great, feel fine, feel normal, so it’s nothing to worry about. [I have] nine percent body fat, so it’s not like I’m out there crushing hamburgers and eating some bad food. Just working out. I didn’t think it was a big deal.

“I think it got out there because when I got drafted it said I was 210, and they haven’t updated it in like three years. I think that’s why they got 30 pounds. Right now, I probably gained five pounds, if that,” said Trout.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia elaborated on the matter during an interview with ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning.”

“He grew up, that’s what happened,” Scioscia told Mike and Mike. “You guys were all 20 years old at one time, right? Your body keeps growing, you keep developing. He’s going to keep evolving as he grows up.

“He came in probably eight pounds heavier than he finished last year, but his body composition is incredible. He’s moving well, he’s running just as fast as he did last year, so that’s not an issue.”

So there you have it — no reasons to be concerned about Trout. If anything, he might have some more power this season, which would be scary considering he bashed 30 home runs last year.

And to further allay all fears, pitcher Chad Cordero, who signed a minor-league deal with the Angels, complimented Trout’s physique this week.

“He’s a beast. He’s like one giant muscle,” he said, per Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.

For further context, here’s a look at Josh Hamilton, Trout, and Albert Pujols side-by-side:

Hamilton and Pujols are enormous, but Trout looks more muscular than them. He is just a big, solid dude who is extremely well put together.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17002972 Stephen Groff

    Dear Mike Trout,

    I don’t care how hard any one person works out over the course of a year, let alone the off season, but there is absolutely no way you have put on 8 lbs of muscle weight in a matter of months.  Even professional bodybuilders will tell you that putting on even 3 lbs of muscle in a single year takes rigorous and obedient daily training.

    This article quotes you as saying… “Just Working Out”, when referring to your weight.  It also says you have 9 percent body fat.  Okay… I’ve come up with 4 different possibilities that support your rapid weight gain…

    1.  You are super human.  Like Superman himself, you have special powers that the rest of the human race does not.

    2.  You are posing as a full blown pubescent 14 year-old boy, which now makes you the youngest person/boy to ever play in Major League Baseball.

    3.  You enjoyed a daily cocktail of PEDs over the course of several months.  A big no! no!  Shame Shame Michael….??

    4.  You’re fat and a lied about how many sodas and sliders you have been consuming daily at your local diner.

    Either way Michael… you’re full of BS.  

    Sincerely,Not an AL Rookie of the Year Fan, or Angels for that matter.

  • Gene

    Trout wore down over the last month of the season, costing him in the MVP vote.  I believe a player can put on muscle without losing speed.    I note that Bryce Harper, NL Rookie of the Year, did the exact same thing this past winter.  Both Trout (20) and Harper (19 last year) are young enough that they are still growing, so it is possible for them to do it legally without PED’s.  Baseball has a long enough offseason.  These are not thirty plus players (Bonds, Sosa, Big Mac, Clemens, etc. who suddenly got bigger after years in the majors.

    Time will tell whether it is muscle from specifically designed workouts or PED’s,  or fat from the rubber chicken circuit.  Any opinions now are pure speculation.

  • Rob

    @stephen Trout is a world class athlete, having got to play against him in high school, he was always a muscular kid. Being on a pro sports team they probably are working out like crazy, putting on 8 lbs of muscle is no far cry for Trout, im telling you he is a beast. Simply put! Going back to the days we played trout in millville, he was almost super human like you stated, he hit a line drive one hopper to our left fielder and was standing on second base by the time he threw the ball in. It was unbelievable, he is baeball’s future stephen, trust me. I was honored to even be on the same field as him let alone get to see him make the majors like everyone in south jersey who ever got to see trout play, knew he would. So to set the record straight, trout is a hard worker who doesn’t need an ounce of ped’s to help his game. He will rewrite allthe record books without the use of roids, or ped’s.