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From BR Bullpen
Mark Daniel Trumbo
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Villa Park High School
- Debut September 11, 2010
 Biographical Information
Mark Trumbo topped 30 minor league home runs in 2008 and 2010, then made the majors the latter year.
Trumbo was a Baseball America second-team All-American in 2004 as a high school senior, going 10-2 with a save and a 2.20 ERA with 89 K in 73 innings while hitting .421 with 9 homers in 88 AB. The Anaheim Angels drafted him as a right-handed pitcher in the 18th round of the 2004 amateur draft. He signed with scout Tim Corcoran of his hometown team for $1.425 million instead of following through with his scholarship to the University of Southern California.
By the time Trumbo made his pro debut with the 2005 Orem Owlz, though, he was a position player, hitting .274/.322/.458 with 10 homers and 23 doubles in 299 AB. He tied Dallas Morris for the most doubles in the Pioneer League, led in at-bats and was second to Morris in extra-base hits, 35 to 34. He also led the league's first basemen in putouts (706) and double plays (57). He helped his team take the pennant. He failed to win All-Star honors but Baseball America did rate him as the league's #14 prospect, best of any first baseman.
Mark was awful with the 2006 Cedar Rapids Kernels (.220/.293/.355). He did lead the Midwest League with 1,033 putouts at first but also made 18 errors, one behind MWL leader Erik Lis. Back with the Kernels in '07, Trumbo improved to .272/.326/.427. Assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for 2008, Trumbo showed significant strides, batting .283/.329/.553 with 26 homers in 103 games, then hit .276/.311/.496 with six more dingers in 32 games after a promotion to the Arkansas Travelers. He helped Arkansas win the Texas League title. He was named the California League All-Star first baseman and led the Angels minors in homers (32), RBI (93) and total bases (286). He tied Mike Stanton for second in the affiliated minors in total bases, two shy of leader Chris Carter. He had more than doubled his prior high in homers.
In 2009, Trumbo produced at a .291/.333/.452 rate with 35 doubles, 15 homers and 88 RBI for Arkansas. He was third in the Texas League in doubles (6 behind Carter), 4th in hits (155) and 4th in total bases (241). He lost All-Star honors at first to Carter.
Trumbo continued to pound the ball in 2010 with the Salt Lake Bees, batting .301/.368/.577 with 103 runs, 29 doubles, 36 homers and 122 RBI. He led the Pacific Coast League in home runs (3 ahead of Greg Halman), led in RBI (16 ahead of Brad Snyder) and led in runs (six more than the runner-ups). He tied Mike Moustakas for the most homers in the affiliated minors but lost the Round-Tripper Award to Moustakas based on RBI. He was named the PCL All-Star first baseman but lost MVP honors to J.P. Arencibia.
That earned Trumbo a September call-up to the big leagues. In his first MLB at-bat, he pinch-hit for Mike Napoli and struck out against Jamey Wright. He went 1 for 15 in 8 games in his first taste of the big leagues. In 2011, with Kendrys Morales out for the season, he became the Angels' starting first baseman. He showed good power, belting 29 homers - tops among all major league rookies - and 31 doubles. Overall, he hit .254 in 149 games, but drew only 25 walks (against 120 strikeouts), for a poor .291 on-base percentage. He lost out to the Tampa Bay Rays' Jeremy Hellickson in the vote for the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year Award, finishing second in the balotting.
 Notable Achievements
- 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- AL All-Star (2012)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2011 & 2012)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2012)