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Trout named AL Rookie of the Month for May

Trout named AL Rookie of the Month for May

Trout named AL Rookie of the Month for May
ANAHEIM -- Since Mike Trout's callup on April 28, the Angels have a 22-12 record, tied with the Marlins for the best record in the league during that span.

And on Sunday, the rookie was recognized for his early-season accomplishments by being named the American League Rookie of the Month for May.

In 27 games last month, Trout batted .324 with five home runs, six doubles and two triples. He walked 11 times, had 16 RBIs, scored 21 runs and stole eight bases.

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He led all qualifying AL rookie batters (minimum 84 plate appearances) in games played, at-bats, batting average, runs, hits, triples, walks and on-base percentage (.385). He was second among AL rookies in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage (.556), and was third in doubles.

"He's mentally tough, but it's as much about controlling yourself as it is about being mentally tough," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Trout following Friday night's game.

"He also has the ability to slow the game down when he has to. I think that he doesn't panic in the batter's box, and I think that's what you need to do if you're going to hit in the clutch. And he's shown the ability to do that."

Trout's .324 batting average made him the first Angels rookie to hit .320 or above in May since Reggie Willits hit .330 in 2007, and he is the first Angels rookie with at least 13 extra-base hits in any month since Howie Kendrick had 13 in August of 2006.

He enters Sunday's series finale against the Rangers riding a seven-game hitting streak and has an extra-base hit in five straight.

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