MLB Rookie of the Year 2012: Mike Trout and Bryce Harper Are the Logical Choices

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IIOctober 9, 2012

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper played incredible baseball
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper played incredible baseballH. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are the only possible choices for the AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.

MLB fans were treated to some of the best rookie performances of all time.

Yes, of all time.

The two players put on show after show. From Harper's gold cleats at the MLB All-Star Game to Trout's mind boggling stats, these two were the definition of what the award is all about.

Being the best rookies in baseball.


Bryce Harper

After being selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2010 MLB draft, Harper got his first start in the 2012 season at only 19 years old.

It didn't take him too long to get comfortable.

The teenage phenom went 1-for-3 in his first game, including a double and sacrifice fly for the first RBI of his career. Only two weeks later, he hit his first, of what is sure to be, many home runs.

He ended his rookie season with 22 home runs, 59 RBIs and a .270 batting average.

Sure he struggled at times during the year, but he's a rookie. That has to be expected, but he also proved why he could be a great player one day.

He will certainly be fun to watch.


Mike Trout

Can somebody please tell me when this fairy tale will be ending?

Trout's year was one for the record books, as he batted .326 to go along with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs.

Remember, he's only a rookie.

He played so well, that his name is in the talks for AL MVP.  To date, only Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 have won both the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season.

About three weeks ago, ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi wrote a story about Trout and his chances at winning the MVP. Trout said the awards that come after the postseason aren't his focus:

I just have to go out there and do my job. We have to go out there and do our job, and our job is to win. And all that individual stuff can wait. We have one goal, and that's to get to the playoffs. All the individual awards can wait after that.

Well, he didn't get his team to the playoffs, but he certainly will win himself some hardware at the end of the year.

Sounds like a pretty good way to top off one of the best rookie campaigns of all time.