ANAHEIM, CA - Angels' outfielder Mike Trout today was named a recipient of the 2016 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 fifth consecutive honor and the 21st 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 five full big league seasons. He is the first Angel to win the award five times, surpassing Vladimir Guerrero's previous Club record of four (2004-07). Trout is the youngest player in big league history to win the award five times and the first A.L. player to receive the honors in five consecutive seasons since Alex Rodriguez's six in a row spanning from 1998-03. Additionally, he becomes the 12th outfielder to win at least five Silver Sluggers at any point during their career.
The New Jersey native finished his sixth big league season (fifth full year) with the Angels, batting .315 (173/549) with 123 runs scored, 32 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs, 100 RBI and 30 stolen bases. The Halo center fielder led the Majors in runs, walks and OBP and finished in the American League's Top 10 in average (6th), triples (T10th) and slugging (5th).
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 2016. 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.