Anaheim, CA - As expected, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout was unanimously named the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year.
Trout opened the baseball world's eyes when the 20 year old from Millville, N.J. was inserted into the Halos batting order on April 28,2012.
Depsite missing most of Spring Training after battling a virus and shoulder fatigue; Trout dominated the Pacific Coast league batting .403 in 20 contests. Once Trout got the call he did not let up his offensive assault.
As a rookie, in 139 games Trout posted a slash line of .326/.399/.564/.963 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI. Trout also lead the American League with 129 runs scored and with 49 stolen bases.
Trout's addition to the Angels kept the third place ball club in the playoff hunt up until the last week of the season. The Angels finished with 89 victories.
Mike Trout spoke with the media in a conference call this evening.
On what would it mean to add the MVP to being Rookie of the Year:
“It would just top it off. Coming into the year and coming into every year, my goal is to be the best player and to make the most impact as a player on the field. At the end of the year, just to be in the talk for MVP with these great guys like (Miguel) Cabrera, who hit for the triple crown, is an incredible feeling.”
On impact of Torii Hunter:
“He’s impacted my whole career, so far. He took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. He was always there for me on and off the field, and any questions I would ask, he would have the right answer. I knew he was the right guy to go to. He’s a veteran guy and he took it upon himself to lead me in the right way. I can’t thank him enough.”
On possibility of moving to left field:
“I definitely like playing center field better, but if it will help the team win, I will play wherever (Mike) Scioscia puts me. Just being out there is all that matters.
On what to improve on for next year:
“There’s definitely things to improve on and get better at each and every day. Coming in to Spring, I want to try and stay healthy. The last couple of Springs, it has been a slow start. The main thing is defensively, with arm accuracy. I’m going to work really hard in the spring to get that as high as it can be.”
On impact with Angels this season:
“Coming into the year, and getting the call-up to play every day, I knew I had some confidence in myself. I knew what my potential was and playing every day and getting the opportunity to lead off, I got to do what I’ve been doing my whole career in the minors. Going out there and playing center field and playing left field, I was able to get into a rhythm, help the team win and it just started clicking.”
We shall see in the upcoming days if Mike Trout will add to his trophy case, Trout is also a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player award.