A few accomplishments do still remain for Angels phenom Mike Trout. Until Thursday, five days shy of Trout's 21st birthday, he realized one, included winning the American League Player of the Month award.
Trout on Thursday was named July's best player in the AL for the first time, in addition to being named the AL's Rookie of the Month for a third straight time. He hit .392 (38-for-97) with six doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 23 RBIs, 32 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 25 July games.
"That's good, man," Trout said. It's cool."
No one has won three Rookie of the Month awards since the Mets' Jason Bay did it in 2004 when he played for Pittsburgh, and no one has done it in the AL since Ichiro Suzuki won five in 2001. Trout is also the first AL player to win both the Rookie and Player of the Month awards in the same month. Ryan Braun (July 2007) and Buster Posey (July 2010) have done that in the National League.
What is Trout doing with the growing collection of awards?
"I ship them to my house," he said about his parents' house in Millville, N.J. "I have a little trophy room in my bedroom. I have like a little memorabilia room in my house, so it all ends up there."
Trout's numbers for July put him first in the AL in batting average, runs scored and slugging percentage (.804), tied for first in hits, second in homers and on-base percentage (.455), and tied for second in triples. According to Elias, Trout tied an all-time Major League rookie record for runs scored in July with Cleveland's Hal Trosky (1934). He also matched Roy Hartsfield's 1950 rookie mark with at least one run scored in 15 straight games, from July 5-23.
Trout's 10 homers tied Wally Joyner (May 1986) for the most any Angels rookie has hit in any month.
Elias made two other remarkable comparisons: Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson (1985) is the only other player in Major League history to reach minimums of .350, 15 homers and 30 steals before Aug. 1. Trout is also the first rookie to reach at least 80 runs scored and 55 RBIs in 81 games since Joe DiMaggio (87, 83) in 1936.