For Third Time In Five Seasons, Angels’ Mike Trout Wins Baseball America Major League Player Of The Year Award

Since he arrived in the major leagues in 2011 as a 20-year-old, Mike Trout has had hype to live up to. And yet all he’s done, season after season, is prove himself as baseball’s best player, year in, year out, with a stunning, impressive level of consistency. After yet another monster campaign in a year when he just turned 25 in August, Trout has won his third Baseball America Major League Player of the Year award, which will be presented during BA’s Awards Gala during the Winter Meetings outside of Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6.

Trout finished his fifth full season and is a career .306/.405/.557 hitter with 168 home runs and 143 stolen bases. He missed a 30-homer, 30-steal campaign by one homer in 2016, batting .315/.441/.550 with a career-high 116 walks and 123 runs scored. Those two figures led the majors, as did his on-base percentage. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Trout is the first player to lead his league in Wins Above Replacement for five consecutive seasons since Babe Ruth. He generated more career WAR prior to his age-25 season (48.5) than any player in history. He surpassed Ty Cobb (46.7) and Mickey Mantle (40.9) this season.

“He’s certainly put himself in an elite category with his production,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “When you’re looking at his on-base percentage or how many runs he’s scored or how many runs he’s driven in, and when you look at everything he does playing a premium defensive position, this guy’s the best in the game. It’s fun to watch.”

Trout is no stranger to BA awards. He was the 2011 Minor League Player of the Year and won MLB Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2012. He repeated as MLB Player of the Year in 2013 and became the third player to win the award, first given in 1998, three times.  The others are Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez.

“Some of the superlative statistics that Mike Trout has produced boggle the mind,” BA Editor In Chief John Manuel said. “He’s moving beyond just being the game’s best player now to having to be acknowledged as a true all-time great, and he’s still just 25 years old.”