On Monday night, Mike Trout became the youngest player ever to be named AL Rookie of the Year. He received all 28 first-place votes, ahead of finalists Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals prevailed in a close race for NL Rookie of the Year, beating Arizona’s Wade Miley and Cincinatti’s Todd Frazier.
At 21, Trout is the youngest AL Rookie of the Year and history and the 18th to win the award unanimously. Tim Salmon, who won the award in 1993 is the only other member of the Angels organization to receive the honors, and when he won he too unanimously attained all of the first-place votes.
The AL MVP award will be decided on Thursday, and many are curious to see if Trout has what it takes to beat out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers who won the Triple Crown this season. If Trout were to prevail, he would be the youngest MVP in baseball history.
Trout finished the season with a .326 batting average (good for 2nd in the AL), led the league in steals (49) and runs (129), finished third in on-base percentage (.399) and third in slugging (.564). No player has ever combined for at least 45 steals and 125 runs and 30 homers in one season, to go along with a batting average above .320.
He also robbed four homers and saved 23 runs. The Angels were 83-59 since he was called up on April 28, good for third best in the AL. Trout was also the only player to ever win the AL Rookie of the Month Award 4 straight times (May-August).