Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

LA Times: Angels’ Mark Trumbo has chip on his shoulder, thunder in his bat

How soon we forget the demonic swagger stare of Hammer Hamelin!


“You can see his swagger,” veteran right fielder Torii Hunter said of the 25-year-old rookie who is hitting .261 with a team-leading 22 home runs and 63 runs batted in entering Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees. He walks with a chip on his shoulder. He stares with a chip on his shoulder. It’s a little smirk like, ‘I told you.’

...Trumbo has had his share of critics even though they have been silenced this season as the former Villa Park High star emerged as a leading rookie-of-the-year candidate. But their words still sting; they still rattle around in his head and push him.

“It wasn’t any one thing in particular,” Trumbo said of the magazines and websites that cover minor league baseball, “but unless you’re a can’t-miss type of guy, a lot of them tend to focus on whatever weakness you have and hammer those home.”

Trumbo’s weaknesses? “Where do you want to start?” he said. “My swing was too long. My uppercut wouldn’t translate [to the big leagues]. I was a poor breaking-ball hitter, a poor defender, a minus runner.

“Power was my one plus, but the general consensus was that I would never pan out, that I’d probably never make it out of Class-A ball. . . . You pour yourself into it and get bad report cards at the end of the year. I think that would motivate anyone.”

Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, history, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: August 09, 2011 at 02:01 AM (#3895998)
So, if I continue to criticize his abysmal OBP he'll see it as it is intended: a motivational diatribe meant to make him a useful major league player?

Quasi-seriously, though, I didn't think he'd hit 20 homeruns in his MLB career, let alone his rookie season. So, good for him on that front. But damn, it's legal to NOT SWING, Mark.
   2. Chicago Joe Posted: August 09, 2011 at 03:02 AM (#3896043)
Any relation to Dalton? Now that would put a chip on your shoulder.
   3. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: August 09, 2011 at 03:43 AM (#3896060)
Saw him play a few weeks ago when the Angels were visiting Oakland. Three advance scouts were sitting in the row behind me, and they didn't think much of Trumbo: long swing, poor plate discipline, trouble with good fastballs. They saw these problems as related, where he has to guess at when he will get a fastball. Their collective assessment was that he would mash mediocre pitching enough to have superficially impressive numbers, but would struggle with good pitching and never have an All Star-type year.

Trumbo's numbers against power pitchers seem to bear out the scouts' assessment. Out of the league leaders in home runs, he is the worst hitter by far against power pitchers (sOPS+ is performance relative to the league in this split):

PLAYER ... sOPS+ (slash line)
Bautista ... 370 (.377/.538/.841)
Konerko .... 200 (.310/.389/.631)
MCabrera 184 (.253/.398/.560)
Teixeira ... 178 (.247/.357/.588)
Ortiz ...... 174 (.241/.394/.532)
Granderson 146 (.228/.360/.467)
Quentin .... 124 (.224/.320/.435)
Reynolds .... 99 (.141/.303/.366)
Cruz ........ 82 (.157/.231/.386)
TRUMBO ...... 56 (.156/.184/.234

The lesson, of course, is that Jose Bautista is awesome.
   4. BWV 1129 Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:16 AM (#3896111)
The best thing about Trumbo is that his at-bat song is Social D's "Machine Gun Blues".

The kid has just ridiculous power. I can forgive a subpar OBP in exchange for him connecting as often and as hard as he has. He hit a ball off of Felix the other day that may well be the hardest ball anyone has ever or ever will hit against Felix -- 471 feet, allegedly.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Phil Birnbaum
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogBeating Clayton Kershaw is Cubs' biggest barrier to 1st pennant since 1945 - Chicago Tribune
(8 - 1:53pm, Oct 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogThe Oral History of Baseball on 'Seinfeld' | Complex
(68 - 1:53pm, Oct 22)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogWhat we learned: The Dodgers can't hit Jon Lester
(28 - 1:49pm, Oct 22)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOT: October-November 2016 Soccer Thread
(68 - 1:45pm, Oct 22)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Gonfalon CubsThe Long Wait
(111 - 1:45pm, Oct 22)
Last: JJ1986

Newsblogred sox - Inside story of David Ortiz's injury: 'He was essentially playing on stumps' - WEEI | Rob Bradford
(20 - 1:28pm, Oct 22)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(223 - 1:24pm, Oct 22)
Last: knowledge is STIGGLES, france is bacon

NewsblogHeyman - MLB Replay System Needs To Be Redefined
(16 - 1:23pm, Oct 22)
Last: KronicFatigue

NewsblogCharlie Sheen Responds to Indians Fans Demanding he Throw the First Pitch at the World Series
(56 - 1:16pm, Oct 22)
Last: Swoboda is freedom

NewsblogOT - October 2016 College Football thread
(140 - 1:12pm, Oct 22)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogProspect Retrospective: Ricky Vaughn, RHP, Cleveland Indians - Minor League Ball
(1 - 10:47am, Oct 22)
Last: RMc is Fairly Irrefutable

NewsblogBill Murray Bernie Macs the Cubs
(10 - 10:47am, Oct 22)
Last: Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB)

NewsblogOTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the 'League of Legends' World Championship
(1930 - 8:21am, Oct 22)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogTexas Rangers: Offseason issues: Why Rangers face tough decision in what to do with Joey Gallo | SportsDay
(29 - 3:16am, Oct 22)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogTrevor Bauer reveals questionable taste in Star Wars movies
(185 - 11:13pm, Oct 21)
Last: Lassus

Page rendered in 0.2395 seconds
49 querie(s) executed