Angels’ Trumbo ready for new challenge in 2nd year
Mark Trumbo did everything the Los Angeles Angels asked in 2011
– he led the team in home runs and RBIs, played a solid first base
and did his best to keep them in playoff contention.
Now, the Angels want something else from Trumbo after he
finished second in the rookie of the year voting. They’d like him
to shift across the diamond to third base.
The Angels signed star free agent Albert Pujols to play first
base. They’re also anticipating the return of first baseman Kendrys
Morales, who didn’t play in the majors last year after breaking his
left ankle during a home-plate celebration in 2010.
Trumbo has spent some time in the outfield for the Angels, but
has not played third base as a pro. He’s only been there a few
times in the team’s instructional league.
”As far as the fundamentals of fielding a ground ball, there
are a lot of the same fundamentals,” he said Tuesday. ”Using one
hand is going to come into play a lot. I learned to do that at
first to create better hops for myself. But I also need to be in
position to throw across the diamond.”
”I’m not so worried about the throw. My arm is in pretty good
shape and I’ll be fine there. I think it’s about taking my time and
fielding it cleanly and not rushing anything,” he said. ”I feel
better about myself now after years and years of infield
Trumbo is currently awaiting the go-ahead to return to a full
exercise regimen after sustaining a stress fracture in his right
foot during the final week of the 2011 season. He’s set for a CAT
scan on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles.
Trumbo was among a handful of position players who joined
pitchers and catchers for workouts. Manager Mike Scioscia said the
initial plan for Trumbo will be to take fielding practice with
pitchers at first base and then break into third base.
After that, Scioscia said, Trumbo will go full tilt at third
base with coach and longtime infielder Alfredo Griffin doing the
The 26-year-old Trumbo was pleased with his first full season.
He hit 29 homers with 87 RBIs, and came in second to Tampa Bay
rookie Jeremy Hellickson in the rookie voting.
”I didn’t even know how much I was going to get to play,” he
For the time being, his big season got him a locker alongside
several Angels regulars.
Trumbo has been mentioned in trade rumors, but the Anaheim-born
Trumbo hopes to keep building solid seasons with the Angels
”I’m pumped up,” he said. ”I’m excited for the prospects and
what we have here as a collective unit. It’s not really about me.
It’s about what we do as a unit and I think everybody here would
say the same thing.”
”We’re so happy to have (Pujols). Me being a younger player, I
can shadow him and ask him questions and try to learn whatever I
can because he’s as good as there is,” he said.