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Wilson names Trout top defensive player in AL

Wilson names Trout top defensive player in AL

Wilson names Trout top defensive player in AL

Angels center fielder Mike Trout was named by Wilson as the American League Defensive Player of the Year.

Winners of the first-time award were announced on MLB Network on Sunday. Wilson named the best defensive player on each club while also crowning the best in each league and the best overall team. Trout won in the AL, center fielder Michael Bourn won in the National League and Bourn's 2012 team, the Braves, were named the best defensive team in the Majors.

Trout, coming off a historic rookie season that may make him the youngest Most Valuable Player in baseball history, was also a finalist for the Gold Glove in center field, ultimately losing to the Orioles' Adam Jones.

The 21-year-old Trout robbed four homers -- of the Orioles' J.J. Hardy on June 27 in Baltimore, the White Sox's Gordon Beckham on Aug. 4 in Chicago, the Mariners' Miguel Olivo on Aug. 11 in Anaheim and the Tigers' Prince Fielder to end a Sept. 8 game at Angel Stadium -- becoming only the fourth player to do that since 2004.

Trout's 23 runs saved ranked fifth in the Majors, according to FanGraphs.com. His Range Factor, 2.7, was tied for fourth among all center fielders.

Soon, fans can start voting on MLB.com's annual GIBBY Awards.

This year's GIBBYs feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels. Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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