Who is the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year? That question seems like a rhetorical one but in some way what it isn’t. No I’m just joking it really is, Los Angeles Angels first-year centerfielder Mike Trout is the clear runaway choice for the honor. Trout has done things in his rookie season that players never get around to doing in his career.
Trout is the first rookie in Major League Baseball history to ever hit 30 homeruns and steal 40 bases. Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. nor Barry Bonds were able to accomplish that feat those are three players who combined power and speed better than anyone who has ever played the game. Trout’s raw numbers are so amazing that he is even getting consideration for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award.
At the end of play on September 30th Trout was hitting .321 (third in AL) with 30 homeruns and 80 runs batted-in. He also has recorded 175 hits, scored 127 runs (1st in AL), 48 stolen bases (1st in AL), 67 base on-balls, 25 doubles, seven triples and a .952 OPS (2nd in AL). Trout also leads the Majors in the wins above replacement statistic with a 10.5. Can you say arguably the greatest rookie season in MLB history? Not to mention he has been producing at high level for the Angels while hitting lead-off in the middle of a push to make the postseason.
The award is clearly his but just to be fare to a couple of other first-year players in the AL and give them a mention; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore, Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chin and Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes are all having fine rookie seasons as well. Honestly I think the trophy was engraved with Trout’s name on since at least the end of July.