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Mark Trumbo’s power is turning heads in Angels camp

Mar 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Kendry Morales‘ uncertain status as he comes back from the broken leg that ended his 2010 season after 51 games has potentially opened the door for a minor leaguer to grab a roster spot and perhaps even a prominent early season role for the Angels.

So far at least Mark Trumbo looks like the man for the job thanks to the power the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has displayed in camp, smacking three homers and slugging .875 in the early games.

Trumbo has just 16 at-bats in the majors, all of which came last September, but he tied for the minor-league lead with 36 homers at Triple-A last season while hitting .301 with a .945 OPS and Pacific Coast League-leading 122 RBIs.

Those numbers were significantly better than Trumbo’s previous production and the combination of a high strikeout rate and mediocre plate discipline make him far from a sure thing to succeed at age 25, but his power potential is tough to ignore when he’s smacking bombs off the batters’ eye in center field or into the parking lot every other day.

  1. scatterbrian - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Is this an Angels Mad-Lib? Take out the part about Morales, and you can insert either Dallas McPherson and Brandon Wood into this piece…

    • pauleee - Mar 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Let’s hope Trumbo doesn’t end up in the same category. Brandon Wood always seemed to be mentioned as a desired prospect to be included in a potential trade, with the FO saying he was off limits. Fast forward a few seasons and he’s proven he can’t hit at the Big League level and now the only time he’s mentioned is after the starting line-up is announced, as in “Oh no, Wood is starting at third.”

      At some point, one of these guys has to pan out, right?

  2. clydeserra - Mar 8, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    36 home runs in salt lake is nice, but not something to bank on.

    • pauleee - Mar 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      True, Wood put up great numbers in AAA too. With the big club he has to stand on a chair to reach the Mendoza line.

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