The Los Angeles Angels nominated Millville’s Mike Trout as their candidate for the annual Hank Aaron Award, the team said Monday.
Fans can vote through Thursday for Trout at MLB.com and on the websites of each of the 30 major-league ballclubs. Fans can select one nominee from the American League and one from the National League. A Hall of Fame panel, including Aaron, also will vote.
The award has been given annually since 1999 to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. The winners will be announced during the World Series.
Trout finished the 2013 season with the AL lead in runs scored (109) and walks (110) and ranked among the league leaders with a .323 batting average (third), 190 hits (tied for four), 39 doubles (tied for seventh), 9 triples (second), 27 home runs (tied for 14th), 97 RBIs (ninth), 75 extra-base hits (second), 33 stolen bases (eighth), a .557 slugging percentage (fourth) and a .432 on-base percentage (second).
The Angels said in a statement that Trout was the first player in AL history with 100-plus walks, 70-plus extra-base hits and 30-plus stolen bases in a season and the only player in league history with 25 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks in a single-season.
His 309 times reaching base are the most in MLB history for a player in his age-21 or younger season, the Angels said. On May 21, Trout became the youngest player in AL history to hit for the cycle.
He also led the majors in WAR (wins above replacement) for the second straight season and became the fastest player to reach the 50 home run/50 stolen base mark in AL history (266 games).
Joining Aaron, the former Atlanta Braves slugger who retired as baseball’s home run king with 755, on the voting panel will be fellow Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount.
Other award nominees include Dominic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies, David Wright of the New York Mets and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees.
Trout, an outfielder, was the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up. Trout, 22, is a 2009 Millville High School graduate who was a two-time Press Player of the Year and The Press Male Athlete of the Year for the 2008-09 school year.