As if there were any doubts it became official last night. Mike Trout is your 2012 American League Rookie Of The Year. Trout was the unanimous selection. Yoenis Cespedes was second and Yu Darvish finished third in the balloting.
Trout became just the eighth unanimous winner of the award. The last to do that was Evan Longoria back in 2008. Trout is the second Angel to win the award. Tim Salmon won the award back in 1993. Trout hit .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBI and 49 steals. He had a WAR of 10.7. He did something that no player had ever done before in terms of average, steals, runs (125) and RBI. He also became the youngest winner of the AL Rookie of The Year award.Bryce Harper won the NL Rookie of The Year award, and the two of them are great friends and were teammates in the Arizona Fall League last year. (Imagine that outfield). These two will obviously be compared throughout their hopefully long careers.
Trout is adding Rookie of The Year to the many accolades he won for his fantastic 2012. He was the Players Choice for Rookie of the Year as well as the Sporting News and Baseball America,He was named AL Defensive Player Of The Year. Baseball America also named him AL MVP.
We’ll see if he can add the actual MVP to his accomplishments come Thursday. We here at Halo Hangout congratulate Mike for his amazing season and look forward to watching him as his big league career develops.