Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Is it just me, or does it seem as if Mark Trumbo is destined to find himself in the hot seat every off-season? At this time last year there were questions floating about regarding Mark Trumbo and his ability to play third base every day. Mark Trumbo proved his critics right, playing terrible defense at the hot corner for only 8 games before finding refuge in the outfield. Trumbo's defense was only slightly better in the outfield, where he would make 101 starts (66 in LF, 35 in RF), though his defense was easy to overlook with Mike Trout and Torii Hunter covering for the defense lost with Trumbo. It seemed that Trumbo was destined for either 1B or the DH slot, though he was blocked by Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales in those positions. Things are different now, with Kendrys gone to the Mariners and Hamilton effectively replacing Trumbo in the outfield the only position left is DH, which suits Trumbo's all-or-nothing bat perfectly. Trumbo no longer has to worry about his critics questioning his ability to play the field, just his ability to play the game in general.  You would think that a guy who hit 22 HR's with 57 RBI's with a .306/.358/.608 slash line before the All-Star break in 2012 would be safe from the critics, but after a massive drop-off in the second half that saw Trumbo's numbers drop to .227/.271/.359 with half as many HR's and RBI's. We all know Trumbo is an incredibly hard worker and it seemed very much so that all the hard work he put in paid off considerably.   His biggest problems in his first season were his inability to read the strike zone and show any semblance of plate discipline whatsoever. In 2012 Trumbo still had trouble with his strikeouts, K'ing 65 times in the first half, which is strangely the same exact number of K's he had by the 2011 All-Star break. The big difference was his ability to work a count and hit his pitches selectively instead of swinging brutishly at everything in sight. The first half of 2012 saw him walk 22 times, which were 6 more than his first half total from 2011. When you pair that up with his OBP of .358, which was 50+ points higher than his 2011 pre-ASB total you can see that Trumbo had made strides in improving his plate discipline and plate recognition. I only use the first half of 2012 and 2011 so much because they show the improvements that he made better than when you look at the entire season totals from 2012 and 2011. This is due to his drop off in the second half of 2012 being so massive that it makes his end numbers very similar to 2011. The big question is "Will we see the improved Trumbo of pre-ASB 2012 or will the negative trends continue?” I have to take into consideration the hard work that Trumbo puts in, I have no doubt that he is off somewhere right now preparing for 2013, but even if he does get it together will he be able to keep it together the entire season? We saw how easily Trumbo lost it last year, and that could very much happen again in 2013. There do happen to be a few big factors that could play in Trumbo's favor however. Since he is no longer playing the field everyday Trumbo will hold up better throughout the entire season, he won't have to drain himself trying to be a decent fielder and can focus on his hitting. You also have to take into the account that Trumbo already has the experience of going through a terrible slump, and with reports that he was feeling better with his swing near the end of the season Trumbo might be able to start off the new season hot again. If Trumbo cannot regain form throughout the course of the season would his job be in jeopardy? With the talent around him you have to think that the team can get by with a failing Mark Trumbo, but could the Angels possibly look to move him if it gets so bad? The DH hole isn't a hard one to fill; just about anyone that can competently swing a bat with some force can be a DH. The Angels could go internally and replace him with C.J Cron, though it seems doubtful as to whether or not he'll be ready to play with the Angels by then. He does have an incredibly powerful bat, hitting 27 HR's with 127 RBI's in 525 plate appearance with the Inland Empire 66'ers, but he hasn't played a game above the Class A Advanced level. The one stat that really stands out for me are his numbers with runners in scoring position. In 2012 Cron hit .361/.390/.551 with 89 RBI's in 158 AB's with the 66'ers, as you can see his ability to hit with runners in scoring position are astounding. Unlike post-ASB Trumbo it appears that Cron is a very trustworthy guy with runners on base. Cron still has his problems with strike zone control like Trumbo, shown by his 17 BB's to 72 K's, he could develop the same issues Trumbo has with ML pitching. Cron just happens to be my favorite option, when it comes to finding a DH you can pick up a number of guys from the free agent pool or by way of trade. They could just pick up the phone and pull a middle-aged veteran away from a team with a compensation package, though I don't know if a trade is the best option given the thin farm system. The point isn't who would replace Trumbo, it's "will Trumbo need to be replaced?” I personally don't believe so, even if Trumbo replicates his 2011 rookie season when he hit 29 HR's with a sub .300 OBP he'll still make a suitable DH. My concern would be Trumbo replicating his 2011 season over the course of the next few years. If it comes to the point where Trumbo underperforms through 2013 and 2014 then I believe it will be time to have him replaced, perfect timing too since Cron will definitely be ready for ML action by 2015.  I'm probably overstating the importance of Trumbo's season given the fact that it will most likely not be an urgent matter unless he is absolutely disastrous. In terms of DH'ing getting a low BA/OBP guy who can pull in big power numbers is perfect and that's the exact make-up of Mark Trumbo. We all know Trumbo is capable is so much more based off of the flash of greatness he showed us last year, but it's no big deal. We still have Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton; those guys can more than make up for Trumbo's shortcomings. I hope.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Darren Sproles' role is growing for the Eagles

Barkley, Reggie Miller condemn Indiana religious freedom bill

Metta World Peace interested in coaching at St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Russell Wilson to suit up for Texas Rangers Saturday

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.