Millville High School grad Mike Trout was named the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

It was a unanimous choice. Trout batted .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBI and 49 stolen bases in 139 games this summer for Anaheim while playing gold glove caliber defense in center field for the Angels.

Trout is also a candidate for the American League MVP award.

“It would just top it off," Trout admitted.  "Coming into the year and coming into every year, my goal is to be the best player and to make the most impact as a player on the field. At the end of the year, just to be in the talk for MVP with these great guys like (Miguel) Cabrera, who hit for the triple crown, is an incredible feeling.”

The 21-year-old Trout was a unanimous pick as the youngest AL rookie winner, and the 20-year-old Bryce Harper edged Arizona pitcher Wade Miley 112 points to 105 to become the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.

"It's pretty neat," said Trout, the son of former Millville baseball and football coach Jeff Trout.

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