In the fall of 2011 Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were teammates on the Scottsdale Scorpions. These players made it to the MLB on the same April day of 2012, both played in the All-Star Game and now YouWager has learned that they have both won Rookie of the Year awards a half-hour apart.
Trout was a unanimous pick as the youngest AL rookie winner and Harper edged Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley 112 points to 105 to become the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.
Trout, native of New Jersey, received all 28 first-place votes from the AL panel of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008.
Oddsmakers consider there’s more to come for Trout. This 21 year-old players is among five finalists for AL MVP and is considered the chief challenger to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera for that award, which will be announced Thursday.
Harper, native of Las Vegas, has been hyped for years. When he was just 16, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline “CHOSEN ONE.”
He recently turned 20 and got 16 of 32 first-place votes from the NL panel. Miley was second with 12 first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati Reds slugger Todd Frazier with three firsts and 45 points. Harper appeared on every ballot, and Bill Center of U-T San Diego was the only voter who didn’t include Miley.
The Washington Nationals outfielder was the top pick in the 2010 amateur draft and batted .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs as the Nationals brought postseason play to the nation’s capital for the first time since 1933. Only Tony Conigliaro (24) hit more home runs as a teenager.