LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – The 21-year-old Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is the first rookie to ever win the Baseball America player of the year award.
The Angels outfielder had a rookie season as good as Mickey Mantle’s rookie season in 1951, by scoring 129 runs and posting a whopping 10.4 WAR.
“It feels good to get compared to Mickey Mantle and Ricky Henderson,” he told CBS’2 Krisitne Leahy. “Once you get out on the field you gotta put all that stuff behind you and just go out and play. You can’t think of Micky Mantle and Ricky Henderson on the field.”
Trout batted .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs.
Trout, who was called up within three weeks of the season, was the first player in the history of baseball to hit 30 homers, steal 45 bases and score 125 runs in the same season.
The rookie sensation was awarded last year, the Baseball America minor league player of the year.
Mike Trout on his amazing rookie season: