Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout has been voted the American League Rookie of the Month for August, the fourth time this season that Mike has garnered the award, all consecutively. His four rookie honors mark the most in the A.L. since Ichiro Suzuki won five with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 season.
Trout batted .284 (33-for-116) with two doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 19 RBI, 26 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 28 games. Among A.L. rookie qualifiers, the Vineland, New Jersey native was first in games, at-bats, runs, hits, homers, RBI, walks and on-base percentage (.366), and was second in batting average and slugging percentage (.500).
The speedy Trout scored three runs in a 9-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on August 31st to establish a new Angels rookie record for the most runs scored in a single season, besting Devon White’s 103 runs scored during the 1987 season. Despite missing the first 20 games of the season, Trout heads into play today with 108 runs scored – the only Major Leaguer to score 100 runs – and leads second place Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates by 17 runs. With 25 homers and 43 stolen bases on the year, the right-handed-hitting Trout has become the youngest player in Major League history to reach the 25-homer, 40-steal Club and joins Bobby Bonds (1977) as the only Angels to ever achieve the feat. Additionally, Trout is the youngest player to steal at least 40 bases in a single season since a 20-year-old Ty Cobb swiped 53 bases for the Detroit Tigers in 1907. He is currently tied with Chad Curtis’ franchise rookie stolen base record set in 1992. The 2012 A.L. All-Star had a franchise-record 30 consecutive stolen bases from June 4th to August 21st, eclipsing Gary Pettis’ mark of 22 set in 1985. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Trout is one of just three American Leaguers to put together single-season strings of 30 steals or more, joining Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki (39 in 2006) and Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford (30 in 2009). In addition, Trout’s 25 homers from the leadoff spot this season have placed him one behind Brian Downing (1982) and Tony Phillips (1995) for the most home runs by a leadoff hitter in a season in Angels history. Coming into today, Trout leads the A.L. in batting average (.332), runs (108) and steals.
Others receiving votes included Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (3-1, 1.91 ERA, 22 SO); Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore (3-1, 2.19 ERA, 40 SO); Oakland’s Josh Donaldson (.344, 4 HR, 14 RBI) and Chris Carter (.275, 4 HR, 14 RBI); Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera (1-1, 1.10 ERA, 17 SO); and Minnesota’s Casey Fien (0.71 ERA in 13 G, 5 SO).
In recognition of his American League Rookie of the Month Award, Mike Trout will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishments.