Yoenis Cespedes or Mike Trout?

9/1/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

It's almost a foregone conclusion that Mike Trout will be hoisting the AL Rookie of the Year award at the end of the 2012 season.  In 109 games, Trout has already scored 106 runs amassed 149 hits, 25 homeruns, 74 RBI and 42 stolen bases. The MLB hasn't seen a player of this caliber for quite some time, a literal quadruple threat. His .335 batting average is only icing on the cake. 

August 7, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) scores a run and waits for the second runner against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIREHowever, the Angels (70-62) currently sit in third place behind the Oakland Athletics (74-57) who are led by their own rookie sensation, Yoenis Cespedes. Now, his numbers aren't nearly as sexy, however, his presence contributes directly to his teams success at an equal or even higher rate than Trout. The A's are a staggering 61-35 with Cespedes in the lineup and a brutal 12-22 without.

Cespedes is batting .302 with 16 homeruns, 63 RBI. Those numbers don't scream 'MVP', however, his presence in the lineup has an indirect affect on the pitches his teammates see before and after him. Numbers never lie and the fact that the A's are that much more successful with Cespedes in the lineup allows for the case to be made for his candidacy for Rookie of the Year. 

Trout is not only the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, he is also a legitimate MVP candidate. His success within his first season is unparalleled in today's day and age. He is also an incredible player to see live because of the effort he puts into every play, whether it be at the plate or in center field. 

Both rookies have had an extraordinary affect on their respective clubs and the success of both the A's and Angels is directly related to the presence of these two studs in their lineup. 

Trout has the appeal, Cespedes lacks the national coverage, but both are equally important to their team's continued success. 
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