There's not much uncertainty regarding who will win the MLB Rookie of the Year award this season. The real question is whether or not Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout can claim both that honor and the league's MVP award, something that hasn't been done since Ichiro Suzuki won both in 2001.
The 21-year-old, who just signed his first endorsement deal with beverage brand BODYARMOR SuperDrink on Thursday, has put up unbelievable statistics this season, hitting at .324 and recording 27 home runs and 77 RBIs in 515 at bats. Trout spoke with Mike Francesa of WFAN in New York yesterday about his "surreal" season. Here are some of the highlights.
On his thoughts while in training camp:
"I was just trying to do what I can to help the team and I had a little rough stretch in the spring and got sick and had a little arm problem, but I got sent to Triple-A and it just made me work harder to get up here and I know what to expect up here. Just being here is pretty cool."
On whether or not he's been surprised with his instant impact as a rookie:
"Yeah it's been pretty cool for me. It's been pretty fun. It's pretty surreal actually meeting all the guys and going to the All-Star Game and just being on the field and playing every day at such a high level. I just gotta stay confident. That's the big thing for me is staying confident and going out there. My goal is scoring runs and that is going to help the team win."
Make sure to check out the full interview here.
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