It’s no surprise that Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout won the American League Rookie of the Year Award today. He was even expected to get all 28 first-place votes for the award after turning in one of the greatest rookie performances in baseball history.
Trout batted .326 with 30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB and 129 runs scored in 139 games. He is the youngest player to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award and the 8th to win it unanimously.
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper was named National League Rookie of the Year.
Trout was the Midwest League’s MVP and Prospect of the Year in 2010 when he batted .362 with 6 HR, 39 RBI, 45 SB and 76 runs scored in 81 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels before earning a promotion in early July.
Per The Sprouting News, Seth Dohrn’s blog about professional baseball in Cedar Rapids, Trout is the second former Cedar Rapids player to win a Rookie of the Year award. The other was Chris Sabo, who won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1988 with the Cincinnati Reds.
Sabo batted .274 with 12 HR, 37 RBI and 15 SB in 77 games with the 1983 Cedar Rapids Reds.