If the 2012 Major League Baseball season had ended after one half, there'd be no question about who would win the Rookie of the Year award in the American League.
It would go to Mike Trout in a landslide.
Trout is doing things that we've never seen a 20-year-old player do. He's excelled at the plate, on the basepaths and in the field, all while leading the Angels to the best record in baseball since the day he was called up.
So I don't feel bad at all spoiling the not-so-big secret of this article: Trout is going to be No. 1 in my midseason AL Rookie of the Year rankings.
You should already know that anyway, seeing as how a) his accomplishments speak for themselves, b) I do these rankings every week and Trout has been No. 1 for a long time and c) you can look and see that he's No. 1 in my midseason AL MVP rankings as well.
The only downside to Trout's epic season is that it's overshadowing some of the seasons that other rookies around the AL are having. As always, it is to these folks that this week's rankings pay homage.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.