ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout today was named the 2012 Jackie Robinson
American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made Monday by the Baseball Writers’
Association of America (BBWAA). According to ELIAS, at 21 years and 58 days old at the end of the
season, he becomes the youngest A.L. player ever to win the award.
Trout finished with a perfect score of 140 points in the balloting process, including all 28
first place first place votes. He finished 77 points ahead of second place finisher Yoenis Cespedes
of Oakland (63 points). Trout becomes the 18th unanimous winner in the history of the prestigious
award, just the eighth in the A.L.
The 21-year-old is the second player in Angels’ history to earn the honor, joining Tim
Salmon in 1993. In the 1993 campaign, Salmon hit .283 (146/515) and led all A.L. rookies in
doubles (35), home runs (31) and RBI (95).
"I would like to congratulate Mike on what I believe has been a foregone conclusion,
winning Rookie of the Year honors,” said Salmon. “While there might have been a few Angel
players in the past that were deserving, it’s nice to see the organization finally add another name
to the list.
“Watching Mike play this year from the booth, I am convinced he is one of the most exciting
players to have ever worn an Angel uniform. The sky's the limit with this guy and I look forward to
seeing what the future holds for him and the Angels organization."
Following his call up on April 28, Trout wrapped up the season with a .337 (182/559)
average, 129 runs scored, 27 doubles, eight triples, 30 home runs, 83 RBI and 49 stolen bases (54
attempts) in 139 games. He ranked in the American League Top 5 in several offensive categories
including, average (2nd), runs scored (1st), stolen bases (1st), slugging percentage (.564, 3rd) and
on-base percentage (.399, 3rd).
Originally selected by the Angels in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 draft, Trout led
all rookies in nearly every offensive category in 2012, including average, runs, doubles, triples,
home runs, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, stolen bases and walks. Additionally, he
joins Ted Williams, Mel Ott and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to hit .320 or above with 30+
home runs during their 20-year-old seasons.
A native of Millville, N.J., he becomes the fourth A.L. player since 1994 born in the Garden
State to win the award, joining Andrew Bailey (2009), Derek Jeter (1996) and Bob Hamelin (1994).
Trout was selected to his first All-Star team after posting a league leading .341 (88/258)
batting average in the first half. He became the first rookie to hold the league’s batting lead at the
break since 1960.