As expected, Los Angeles Angels' rookie sensation Mike Trout was selected by the Sporting News as the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year, as decided by a panel of 203 major-league players.
Trout earned the prestigious award after leading the major leagues with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. He was second in the American League with a .326 batting average, and is in consideration for the AL MVP award in addition to his rookie honors. He was third in the AL with an on-base percentage of .399 and a .564 slugging percentage.
Trout gave the Angels a major lift in the beginning of the year when the team struggled on offense, immediately becoming its spark. In addition to his stellar performance behind the plate, he was a catalyst on defense and made several dazzling plays in the Halos' outfield.
Next up, Trout is expected to contend for the AL MVP Award along with favorite Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.