To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s young outfielder Mike Trout was the unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year. In a day and age when society expects instantaneous results, Trout has definitely delivered the goods.
Trout possesses a rare combination of power and speed. His .326 batting average, 30 home runs, 83 RBI, and 49 stolen bases are proof of his supreme offensive ability. Complementing the total package is Trout’s defensive prowess. He has prevented four home runs with his stellar play in center field, as well as prevented 23 runs from scoring in 2012.
What can he do for an encore? He also has a shot at the American League Most Valuable Player award, a feat accomplished only twice before: by the Boston Red Sox’ Fred Lynn in 1975, and the Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. At this rate, he could be baseball’s first fifty-fifty player with 50 home runs and 50 stolen bases one day. Or he could be asked to come in to pitch a half inning, and strike out the side on nine 100 mph fastballs.
But I digress. Although first baseman Albert Pujols was the free agent gem acquired by the Angels before the 2012 MLB season, it was Trout who made the biggest impact in Southern California. Of course, it would be impossible to expect him to duplicate his rookie season. In fact, fans shouldn’t expect him to. Let’s just acknowledge Trout for who he is: a talented player whose future is limitless, as well as the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year.