Mike Trout's amazing 2012 seasson continues to garner awards. Now all that's left is to see whether or not it's capped off with an MVP.
Trout became the second rookie in Angels' history to win the American League Rookie of the Year award, garnering all 28 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers Association of America panel.
Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes finished second, followed by Texas pitcher Yu Darvish, Baltimore pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and Oakland pitcher Jarrod Parker.
The 21-year-old phenom joined Tim Salmon as unanimous selections. "The Kingfish" earned his award in 1993, hitting .283 with 31 home runs and 95 RBI. The vote also gives the Halos two of the eight unanimous selections in the AL.
The others were Carlton Fisk (1972), Mark McGwire (1987), Sandy Alomar (1990), Derek Jeter (1996), Nomar Garciaparra (1997) and Evan Longoria (2008).
Following the announcement of the vote, Trout posted the following on his Twitter account (@trouty20): Wow! What an incredible feeling and honor! Extremely humbled. Thank you #Angels organization and teammates and fans!!
After a rough 2011 callup, Trout was spectacular in 2012, hitting .326 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI in 139 games after starting the season at Class AAA Salt Lake. He also led the major leagues in runs scored (129) and stolen bases (49).
His arrival in the majors also gave the Angels the boost they needed after getting off to an awful start in April.
The award was the second in less than a week for Trout and the fifth of the offseason. Last week, Trout earned a Silver Slugger award in a manager's poll. Before that, he was named Baseball America's Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year and also won the MLBPA's Rookie of the Year award.