The Los Angeles Angels had a very solid first half in 2012. They finished in second place in the A.L. West with a 48-38 record, just 4 games behind the Rangers. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Mike Trout – The Angels season changed for the better when 20-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout was summoned from AAA. Trout played in 64 games in the first half of the 2012 season for the Angels and he was 88 for 258 (.341 avg, .959 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 12 homers, 40 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. He is going to be a superstar for the Angels for a long, long time.
Biggest Surprise: Mark Trumbo – 26-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo took over for the injured Vernon Wells and he has been outstanding. Trumbo has played in 77 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 88 for 288 (.306 avg, .965 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 22 homers, 57 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Angels hope that Trumbo keeps rolling along in the second half of the 2012 season.
Biggest Disappointment: Ervin Santana – 29-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been awful for the Angels so far this year. He has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 4-9 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Angels are going to need Santana to be much better in the second half of the 2012 season if they are going to catch the Rangers in the A.L. West.