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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Trout named Minor League Player of the Year

By Mark Saxon


The best minor-leaguer is no longer a minor-leaguer, which is not surprising when you think about it.

Baseball America named Angels outfielder Mike Trout its Minor League Player of the Year after he batted .326 with a .414 on-base percentage, 18 doubles, 13 triples, 11 home runs and 33 steals for Double-A Arkansas.

Trout, 20, is the first Angels prospect to win BA’s award since Tim Salmon in 1992. The following season, Salmon won the Rookie of the Year award. This has been a good season for Angels prospects, as Mark Trumbo has a pretty good shot of winning the Angels first Rookie of the Year award since Salmon did it.

The Angels, who recalled Trout for the second time about a month ago, are 18-4 in games he starts.

Past winners of the award include Dwight Gooden, Frank Thomas, Manny Ramirez, Jose Canseco, Derek Jeter, Josh Beckett and Joe Mauer. For more on what makes Trout so special, here's a story we did back in late May when Trout's star was still just beginning to rise.