Mike Trout and Erick Aybar named to Sporting News AL All-Star Team

By Ryan Ritchey

The third of four awards have been announced by Sporting News as Mike Trout and Erick Aybar were named to the American League All-Star team by the American League executives on Wednesday.

Mike Trout is up for the Most Valuable Player Award by Major League Baseball, so it is no surprise that he made the end of season All-Star team. He hit .287/.377/.561 with a career-high 36 home runs and 111 runs driven in. The 111 RBI lead the American League. He led the majors in extra-base hits (84) and runs scored (115). He did amazing things in his age 22 season, one of them was becoming just the fifth player to hit at least 35 home runs and drive in at least 105 runs out of the second spot in the order. He also walked 83 times which was fourth in the AL, and his slugging was third best in the American League.

Trout was a no doubter for this list and it is well deserved as he continues to challenge himself to get better year after year.

The second Angel on the list was shortstop Erick Aybar. He hit .278/.321/.379 as a shortstop and added 30 doubles. His 2014 season was one to remember as he set new career-highs in hits (164), runs (77), RBI (68), games (154) and walks (36). He also became the first Angel shortstop to score at least 75 runs since Orlando Cabrera in 2007 (101).

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He was one of two American League shortstops to score at least 75 runs and drive in more than 65 (Alexei Ramirez). He was a player that moved around the lineup a lot and it didn’t seem to bother him. He saw him name on the lineup card in every spot but third this season and had at least one hit in each of them. He was very versatile and is well deserving of this achievement.

Trout and Aybar join Mike Scioscia by being recognized for their great seasons by the Sporting News. Matt Shoemaker also was second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

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