2012 AL Rookie of the Year

Mike Trout Wins Unanimously

Trout
Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Mike Trout was a unanimous choice as the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, the BBWAA announced on MLB Network today.

Trout, 21, was listed first on all 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city for a perfect score of 140 points. He became the eighth unanimous choice in the AL voting, joining Evan Longoria, Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, Tim Salmon, Sandy Alomar Jr., Mark McGwire and Carlton Fisk. There have been 10 unanimous choices in the National League. Trout and Salmon, the 1993 winner, are the only Angels players to have been honored.

There was barely an offensive category in which Trout did not lead all rookies – batting average (.326), runs (127), RBI (83), hits (182), doubles (27), triples (8), home runs (30), stolen bases (49), total bases (315), extra-base hits (65), multi-hit games (56), walks (67), on-base percentage (.399) and slugging (.564). He is the sixth center fielder to win the AL award and the first since Carlos Beltran in 1999.

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA) was the only other player on every ballot and was third overall in the voting behind Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (.292, 23 HR, 82 RBI).

Trout also became the youngest winner of the AL award. The previous youngest was the 1978 winner, Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker, who was two months and 26 days older than Trout. The youngest winner overall was New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, the NL recipient in 1984 at the age of 19.

The voting (5-3-1 scoring system):

Name, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Points
Mike Trout, Angels28140
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics19663
Yu Darvish, Rangers91946
Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles22
Jarrod Parker, Athletics11

Below is a breakdown of the 28 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each team in the American League. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.

Name
Affiliation
Chapter
1st
2nd
3rd
Jim AlexanderRiverside Press EnterpriseLATroutDarvishParker
Geoff BakerSeattle TimesSEATroutCespedesDarvish
Pat BorziHonoraryMINTroutCespedesDarvish
Marc CarigNewark Star LedgerNYTroutCespedesDarvish
Rustin DoddKansas City StarKCTroutDarvishCespedes
Bradford DoolittleBaseball ProspectusCHITroutDarvishCespedes
Richard DurrettESPNDallas.comTEXTroutDarvishCespedes
Gordon EdesESPNBoston.comBOSTroutCespedesDarvish
John EisenbergHonoraryBALTroutDarvishChen
Brian GoldenAntelope Valley PressLATroutDarvishCespedes
Richard GriffinToronto StarTORTroutCespedesDarvish
Paul HoynesCleveland Plain DealerCLETroutDarvishCespedes
Jim IngrahamNews HeraldCLETroutDarvishCespedes
Roch KubatkoHonoraryBALTroutCespedesDarvish
Robert MacLeodToronto Globe and MailTORTroutCespedesDarvish
Wallace MatthewsESPNNewYork.comNYTroutCespedesDarvish
Michi MurayamaTokyo Chunichi SportsSEATroutDarvishChen
Katsushi NagaoKyodo NewsCHITroutCespdesDarvish
Tony PaulDetroit NewsDETTroutCespedesDarvish
Terez A. PaylorKansas City StarKCTroutCespedesDarvish
Dick ScanlonLakeland (FL) LedgerTBTroutCespedesDarvish
James SchmehlMLive Media GroupDETTroutCespedesDarvish
Kevin SherringtonDallas Morning NewsTEXTroutCespedesDarvish
Susan SlusserSan Francisco ChronicleOAKTroutCespedesDarvish
Joe SmithTampa Bay TimesTBTroutCespedesDarvish
Jim SouhanMinneapolis Star TribuneMINTroutCespedesDarvish
Joe StiglichBay Area News GroupOAKTroutCespedesDarvish
John TomaseBoston HeraldBOSTroutCespedesDarvish