TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout, the American League rookie of the year, is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Monday.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he does not expect Trout to be affected by a barrage of off-season attention from local and national media.
"It's not like he won rookie of the year and, boom, there was a lot of attention," Scioscia said.
Trout was not in the major leagues at the start of last season. By the end, he had joined Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in a two-man race for AL most valuable player. Cabrera won, but Trout became the first major league player to hit 30 home runs, score 125 runs and steal 45 bases — and the first to hit .320 with 30 home runs and 45 stolen bases.
Scioscia said players caught up in the media glare sometimes chase statistics or stop paying attention to detail, neither of which he foresees happening to Trout. It was not, Scioscia said, as if Trout could not manage the spotlight last season.