Best MLB Rookie Seasons of 2012
The 2012 MLB season is coming to a close, and the end of the season brings the yearly awards being handed out. Historically, being named as Rookie of the Year is a foreshadowing of success in the big leagues. Recent winners include Justin Verlander (2006), Dustin Pedroia (2007) and Buster Posey (2010).
The 2011 Rookie of the Year winners saw varying levels of success in 2012, as Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson finished with a 10-11 record, but a very solid 3.10 ERA in 31 starts. Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel was amazing in 2012, converting 42 of 45 save chances with a 1.01 ERA.
2012 saw numerous rookies have breakout performances, one even MVP-worthy. Here are the top rookie seasons of 2012.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Was there any ever doubt in your mind that Trout would top this list? If it were not for the Triple Crown season of Miguel Cabrera, Trout may very well have won the AL MVP award. When you sit and look at the numbers Trout was able to put up as a 20-year-old rookie, you may have to even consider it as the best rookie season of all-time.
Trout was named to the All-Star team by Texas manager Ron Washington and hit .381 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI in June and July, with 10 of those home runs coming in July alone. Trout stole an amazing 14 bases in June and was only caught stealing five times on the entire year.