Four building blocks lead Halos' awards haul

Four building blocks lead Halos' awards haul

Four building blocks lead Halos' awards haul
Erick Aybar, Jered Weaver, Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos, pillars in the Angels' foundation, are the team's most decorated players for 2011.

Aybar, in his fourth season as the club's everyday shortstop, fulfilled a lifetime goal in winning his first American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Weaver, selected by MLB.com as the Angels' Pitcher of the Year, finished second to the Tigers' Justin Verlander in the AL Cy Young Award balloting. Weaver earned the team's Nick Adenhart Pitcher of the Year Award for the third straight season and was a finalist in the Players Choice Awards for Outstanding Pitcher, which went to Verlander.

Trumbo was the the team's Player of the Year, as selected by MLB.com. Also voted the team's Most Valuable Player by teammates, Trumbo finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting to Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Trumbo was named AL Rookie of the Year in the Players Choice Awards and by The Sporting News.

Bourjos injected speed and excitement into the lineup in his first full season, claiming MLB.com's Breakout Player of the Year Award. Bourjos was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove in center field, taken by Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury.

Team Awards 2011

"They're all products of our system, and they show what an outstanding job our scouting and player development people have done," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Weaver, Aybar, Trumbo and Bourjos. "They're terrific players and people, the kinds of guys you can build a team around. We feel really good about our future with all our young talent coming through the pipeline."

Aybar rebounded from a injury-marred 2010 season with a sensational performance, producing offensively as well as with the glove.

"It's everything to me, winning Gold Gloves," Aybar said, offering thanks "to my family, my coaches, my manager and everybody with the Angels who has helped me catch the ball.

"When you're a little boy, you always dream that you can win a Gold Glove one day."

Aybar, committing only 13 errors for a .980 fielding percentage, handled more double plays than any shortstop in the AL with his acrobatic movements and powerful, accurate arm. He batted .269 with 33 doubles, eight triples and 10 homers, scoring 71 runs and driving in 59 while stealing 30 of 36 bases -- an 83-percent success rate.

Weaver was consistently dominant from start to finish, going 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA in 235 2/3 innings while striking out 198 hitters. The AL's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game in Phoenix, Weaver worked a scoreless inning, calling it a "boyhood dream" to perform in the Midsummer Classic.

Trumbo became the club's regular first baseman when Kendrys Morales was declared out for the season because of a second operation on his left ankle. Trumbo's team-high 29 home runs were the most by an AL rookie since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. Playing solid defense, Trumbo batted .254 and led Los Angeles with 87 RBIs and in slugging percentage (.477).

An 18th-round pick by the Angels in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Villa Park, Calif., a 10-minute drive from Angel Stadium, Trumbo had 10 home runs by the end of May. His walk-off home run against the Rangers on Aug. 18 lifted the Angels back in the AL West race and was one of the team's highlights of the season, along with Ervin Santana's no-hitter against Cleveland.

Trumbo led all AL rookies in slugging, doubles (31), total bases (257) and extra-base hits (61), as well as in homers and RBIs.

Bourjos, who made highlight-reel plays seem almost routine with his amazing speed and athleticism, batted .271, becoming the first player in franchise history to put together a stat line of 26 doubles, 11 triples, 12 homers and 22 steals.

Along with Aybar and Bourjos, pitcher Dan Haren and right fielder Torii Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, were finalists in the Gold Glove voting by managers and coaches.

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker was the Angels' choice as the 2011 Howie Gershberg Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Shoemaker spent most of his fourth season in the farm system with Double-A Arkansas, where he was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-5 with a 2.48 ERA in 23 starts.

He had five complete games and two shutouts, and his 1.07 WHIP was the best at the Double-A level. Promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake, he made four starts with the Bees. Shoemaker was also among the 24 Minor League players named to the U.S. national team for this fall's World Cup and Pan American Games. He was signed by Joel Murrie out of Eastern Michigan University in 2008 as a free agent.

Outfielder Mike Trout was chosen by MLB.com as the No. 1 prospect in Major League Baseball. Trout had 123 at-bats for the Angels, batting .220 with five homers, and maintained his Rookie of the Year eligibility for next season.

Also claiming 2011 Minor League awards were outfielder Kole Calhoun, first baseman Efren Navarro and manager Ty Boykin.

Calhoun, 23, is the Kenny Myers Memorial Minor League Player of the Year. An eighth-round pick in the 2010 Draft out of Arizona State, Calhoun starred at advanced Class A Inland Empire, where he batted .324 with 22 homers and 99 RBIs. He stole 20 bases and scored 94 runs, along with 36 doubles and six triples in 133 games.

A September callup after a stellar season at Salt Lake, Navarro, 25, is the club's Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for defensive excellence. A 50th-round Draft pick in 2007 out of Nevada Las Vegas, the Lynwood, Calif., native led Pacific Coast League first basemen in fielding percentage.

Boykin was presented the Preston Gomez Minor League Manager of the Year award for guiding the Tempe Angels to a second-place finish in the East Division of the Arizona Rookie League. This was his 11th season as a manager in the Angels' system and his 20th season in the organization.

National Awards
MVP Cy Young Rookie of the Year
Don Baylor1979Dean Chance1964Tim Salmon1995
Vladimir Guerrero2004Bartolo Colon2005
       
Manager of the Year Comeback Player of the Year Executive of the Year
Bill Rigney1962Clyde Wright1970Fred Haney1962
Mike Scioscia2002Rick Burleson1986
Mike Scioscia2009John Candelaria1986
Bert Blyleven1989
Dave Winfield1990
Tim Salmon2002
       
Rawlings Gold Glove Silver Slugger Topps Rookie All- Stars
Vic Power, 1B1964Bobby Grich, 2B1981Lee Thomas, OF1961
Bobby Knoop, 2B1966Rick Burleson, SS1981Dean Chance, P1962
Jim Fregosi, SS1966Reggie Jackson, OF1982Bob Rodgers, C1962
Bobby Knoop, 2B1967Doug DeCinces, 3B1982Marcelino Lopez, P1965
Bobby Knoop, 2B1968Lance Parrish, C1990Jose Cardenal, OF1965
Jim Spencer, 1B1970Tim Salmon, OF1995Paul Schaal, 3B1965
Ken Berry, OF1972Troy Glaus, 3B2000Frank Tanana, P1974
Rick Miller, OF1978Garret Anderson, OF2002Jerry Remy, 2B1975
Bob Boone, C1982Vladimir Guerrero, OF2004Mark Clear, P1979
Gary Pettis, OF1985Vladimir Guerrero, OF2005Wally Joyner, 1B1986
Gary Pettis, OF1986Vladimir Guerrero, OF2006Devon White, OF1987
Bob Boone, C1986Vladimir Guerrero, OF2007Bryan Harvey, P1988
Bob Boone, C1987Torii Hunter, OF2009Jim Abbott, P1989
Bob Boone, C1988J.T. Snow, 1B1993
Devon White, OF1988Tim Salmon, OF1993
Devon White, OF1989Brian Anderson, P1994
Mark Langston, P1991Garret Anderson, OF1995
Mark Langston, P1992Jason Dickson, P1997
Mark Langston, P1993Bengie Molina, C2000
Mark Langston, P1994Adam Kennedy, 2B2000
Mark Langston, P1995Shawn Wooten, C2001
J.T. Snow, 1B1995
J.T. Snow, 1B1996
Jim Edmonds, OF1997
Jim Edmonds, OF1998
Darin Erstad, OF2000
Bengie Molina, C2002
Darin Erstad, OF2002
Bengie Molina, C2003
Darin Erstad, 1B2004
Orlando Cabrera, SS2007
Torii Hunter, OF2008
Torii Hunter, OF2009
       
Local Awards
MVP Rookie of the Year Nick Adenhart Pitcher of the Year Award
Chosen by teammatesChosen by organizationChosen by teammates
Billy Moran1962Lee Thomas1961Jered Weaver2009
Jim Fregosi1963Bob Rodgers1962
Bobby Knoop1964Charlie Dees1963
Bobby Knoop1965Bobby Knoop1964
Bobby Knoop1966Marcelino Lopez1965
Don Mincher1967Jay Johnstone1966
Bobby Knoop1968Rick Clark1967
Jim Fregosi1969Andy Messersmith1968
Jim Fregosi1970Ken Tatum1969
Ken McMullen1971Dave LaRoche1970
Bob Oliver, Vada Pinson1972Lloyd Allen1971
Nolan Ryan1973Lee Stanton1972
Nolan Ryan1974Rudy Meoli1973
Mickey Rivers1975Frank Tanana1974
Jerry Remy1976Jerry Remy1975
Bobby Bonds1977Paul Hartzell1976
Don Baylor1978Rance Mulliniks1977
Don Baylor1979Carney Lansford1978
Bobby Grich, Jason Thompson1980Mark Clear1979
Rick Burleson1981Fred Martinez1980
Doug DeCinces1982Mike Witt1981
Bob Boone1983Rick Steirer1982
Juan Beniquez, Brian Downing1984Daryl Sconiers1983
Donnie Moore1985Ron Romanick1984
Mike Witt1986Stewart Cliburn1985
Wally Joyner1987Wally Joyner1986
Bob Boone, Johnny Ray1988Devon White1987
Bert Blyleven, Chili Davis1989Bryan Harvey1988
Chuck Finley1990Jim Abbott1989
Jim Abbott, Bryan Harvey1991Lee Stevens1990
Luis Polonia1992Ron Tingley1991
Mark Langston, Tim Salmon1993Gary DiSarcina1992
Chili Davis1994Tim Salmon1993
Tim Salmon1995Brian Anderson1994
Troy Percival1996Garret Anderson1995
Tim Salmon1997Darin Erstad1996
Gary DiSarcina1998Jason Dickson1997
Garret Anderson1999Jarrod Washburn1998
Darin Erstad2000Lou Pote1999
Garret Anderson2001Bengie Molina2000
Garret Anderson2002David Eckstein2001
Garret Anderson2003John Lackey2002
Vladimir Guerrero2004Francisco Rodriguez2003
Chone Figgins, Bartolo Colon2005Robb Quinlan2004
Vladimir Guerrero2006Ervin Santana2005
Vladimir Guerrero2007Jered Weaver2006
Francisco Rodriguez2008Reggie Willits2007
Kendry Morales2009Jose Arredondo2008
Discontinued2009

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.