Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout achieved an unprecedented double Tuesday when he was chosen as the major league Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year by Baseball America.
Trout, 21, is a virtual lock to be selected the American League Rookie of the Year in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He is a candidate for the AL Most Valuable Player, which might go to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown this year.
In a stunning performance by a player his age, Trout wound up the AL leader with 129 runs and with 49 stolen bases, and his .326 average trailed only Cabrera's .333 mark. He came in third in the league in slugging percentage at .564 and in on-base percentage at .399.
Trout was equally as effective in the outfield, where he was a headline-grabber for his homer-saving catches.
In Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a stat that factors in offense and defense, Trout was the major league's runaway winner. His 10.7 WAR score easily topped the 8.2 figure of the runner-up, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Cabrera's 6.9 WAR ranked third in the AL. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey led the NL with a 7.2 WAR.
Trout spent the first three weeks of the season in the minors. His arrival in Anaheim coincided with the Angels' turnaround that kept the team in the playoff race until the season's final weeks.