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Angels starting Mark Trumbo everywhere but third base

Apr 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Plans to give Mark Trumbo regular playing time at third base have gone by the wayside after he predictably struggled there defensively, so the Angels have used him at the hot corner just once in the past two weeks.

They have, however, used him just about everywhere else.

Trumbo started at designated hitter on April 19, left field on April 20, third base on April 21, first base on April, and right field yesterday. That’s five different positions in the span of five games, which shows the lengths manager Mike Scioscia will go to keep Trumbo’s bat in the lineup without suffering through his defense at third base.

With that said, Scioscia insisted to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he hasn’t given up on Trumbo being a third baseman:

It’s a work in progress. I think in spring he showed the skill set to do what we feel a third baseman needs to do. It’s just that he had a couple of bumps in the road early, but we’re still working on it.

So far the Angels have played 149 innings this season and Trumbo has been at third base for 30 of them, committing three errors in just eight total chances. He is, however, hitting .324 with a .924 OPS.

  1. The Common Man - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    You can still vote to have him start at 3B in the All Star Game: http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/2012/04/23/tpa-dispatches-early-election-returns/

  2. billymc75 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Trade this poor guy so he can play somewhere where he deserves to be a focal point.

  3. trevorb06 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    The Angels could easily trade Trumbo or Kendrys for some good prospect depth and STILL have a pretty damn nice offense.

  4. dodger88 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Have to give the guy some credit. You often hear how players that struggle at defense let it affect their hitting (and vice versa), yet here is Trumbo doing well at the plate despite the fact he has to play all over the field.

  5. natsattack - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    What day did he play 1B?

  6. foreverchipper10 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    He may look terrible at 3B but wouldn’t playing him at a different position every day be worse? That would mess with me if I didn’t know where I was playing each day.

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