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Trout runs and hides from AL rookie field
November 14, 2012 - Troy Hyde
The American League Rookie of the Year Award came down to three players but only one was certain to win it. While Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish both had strong seasons, not many players in the league were better than Mike Trout this season, let alone just the rookies. Here is my run-down of the AL ROY Award
3. Yoenis Cespedes
The Oakland Athletic rookie was marvelous in his first season in the major leagues, helping the Athletics reach the postseason in 2012. He batted .292 and hit 23 home runs and drove in 82 on the season. Cespedes also had an OPS of .861 and a slugging percentage of .505. In a season where the A's where picked to finish last in their division and was filled with a bunch of nameless, punchless players, Cespedes was leading the team to an American League West title.
2. Yu Darvish
This Texas Ranger was given a lot of money in the off-season and for the most part, he lived up to what was expected of him. He was near the top of the league in wins with 16 and lost nine. His earned run average was a bit on the high side at 3.90 but Darvish was fifth in the American League with 221 strikeouts. And his opponent's batting average was just .220.
1. Mike Trout
This was not a conversation of who but by how much as Trout ran away with this award pretty much by the All-Star break. He was fourth in the entire major leagues with a .326 batting average and led the league in steals with 49 and runs with 129. He also hit 30 home runs, 27 doubles and had 83 RBIs. His OPS was .963 and his slugging percentage was .564. Trout will finish at least second in the MVP race as well and if Miguel Cabrera did not complete the Triple Crown, he would get my vote in that category, too.
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