Angels' outfielder Mike Trout today was named a recipient of the 2015 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award which is given to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues. The award is Trout's fourth consecutive honor and the 20th overall for the Angels.
Trout joins Mike Piazza as the only players in Major League history to win the award (presented annually since 1980) in each of their first four full big league seasons. He joins Vladimir Guerrero (4; 2004-07) as the only Angels to ever win the award four times. Additionally, he is the youngest player in big league history to win the award four times and the first A.L. outfielder to win the award in four consecutive seasons since Guerrero.
The New Jersey native finished his fifth big league season (fourth full year) with the Angels in 2015, batting .299 (172/575) with 32 doubles, six triples, 41 home runs, 104 runs scored and 90 RBI. He set new career highs in home runs, OBP (.402) and slugging (.590) and finished in the Top 10 of several of the American League's offensive categories including average (9th), runs (3rd), home runs (T3rd), walks (92, 3rd), OBP (2nd) and slugging (1st)
Trout was named to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in 2015 and became the fourth A.L. outfielder with four All-Star selections before turning 24, joining Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and Ken Griffey Jr. Trout became the first player ever to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in consecutive seasons and just the fourth to be named the Midsummer Classic MVP multiple times in their career, joining Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Gary Carter and Cal Ripken Jr.
The Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2015. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.