Angels outfielder Mike Trout named AL Rookie of the Year by BBWAA
By By Dan Connolly
Nov 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM
Los Angeles Angels outfield phenom Mike Trout, who led the American League in stolen bases and runs scored and made several incredible defensive plays, including his signature one at the wall at Camden Yards, was named the unanimous AL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA, it was announced Monday night.
In the National League, Washington Nationals 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper became the second youngest to win the award, behind only the New York Mets’ Dwight Gooden in 1984.
He received all 28 first place votes, the eighth in the AL to win unanimously and the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008. The 21-year-old Trout, who hit .326 with 30 home runs, is the youngest to ever win the AL award.
Trout beat out Oakland A’s outfielder and Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, who finished second, and Texas Rangers right-handed starter Yu Darvish, who came to the majors after pitching in Japan in 2011. Darvish finished third.
The Orioles’ own right-hander from overseas, Taiwanese lefty Wei-Yin Chen, received two third-place votes and finished fourth overall.
Chen, who was 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts for the Orioles this year, had a memorable day, regardless of the Rookie voting. His wife, Yi-Wen Chen gave birth to the couple’s first child, Karsten, at 8:07 a.m. Monday.
Harper received 16 of the possible 32 first-place votes and won by just seven points (112 to 105) over Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, who received 12 first place votes.