First baseman Mark Trumbo was dialing it up on the radar gun at 96, hitting the mid-nineties with regularity. What did the Angels do? Make him a position player. His power potential was so intriguing that they decided he could make his waves in the box – and the Angels have been rewarded in his first year of professional ball.
Trumbo tagged ten homers, 23 doubles and a triple in 71 games for the Orem Owlz, the Angels’ Pioneer League affiliate. That extra base hit total accounted for 41.5 percent of his hits overall. Twenty-three of his 33 extra base hits came with men on base.
His 137 total bases ranked fifth-best in the league, he tied for tops with his 23 doubles and fell one shy of the league lead with his 34 extra base hits. Not bad for a pitcher.
There was a discernible difference in Trumbo’s approach at the plate when he batted third versus fifth.
Trumbo was a .315 hitter in the three-hole with ten doubles but zero homers in 92 at bats.
In 207 at bats batting fifth, the Anaheim native hit all of his homers along with 13 doubles but hit just .256.
Sacrificing power to make good contact worked when he hit third but the power came with a price of a lower batting average batting fifth.
Splits to see
Trumbo was a markedly better hitter on the road then at home. As with his lineup splits, the right-handed hitter batted .304 with two homers, 16 doubles and 21 RBI’s in 36 road games but hit .245 with seven doubles, eight homers and 24 RBI’s at home in 35 games.
He also feasted off left-handed pitching, crushing the ball at a .341 clip while hitting .249 versus righties.
Trumbo got the full boat this year. He led the league in games played with 70, and he was a busy man in the field. He also led the Pioneer League in total chances with 744, total putouts with 706 and double plays (fielding) with 57. He ended the year with a .989 fielding percentage – eight errors leading to that mark.