Mike Trout came out of nowhere this past season and sent a lot of the misconceptions about rookies back.
Drafted 25th overall in the 2009 MLB draft, Trout was taken behind several players that aren't even in the MLB full-time yet. On his way through through the minor leagues, he gathered many awards and was ranked the No. 1 prospect in many prospect lists.
In 40 games in the 2011 season, Trout had a .220 batting average, an on-base percentage of .281 and a slugging percentage of .390. Those were paltry numbers compared to what he accomplished this past season.
He became the first American League player in history to be named Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month in July. He broke an AL rookie record, scoring at least a run in 14 straight games.
Other feats he accomplished include being the youngest player to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 40 bases, the first player under 22 to hit a leadoff home run in back-to-back games and setting the Los Angeles Angels rookie record for runs scored in a season.
If it weren't for Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown, Trout would have the AL MVP honors in the bag.
All this could lead to good things for rookies in the future. In the past, they have been handled with kid gloves. Teams would bring their prospects along slowly and hope that it allowed them to reach their full potential rather than potentially ruining them by bringing them along too soon.
Trout has changed things.