Trumbo benefiting from steady playing time

Trumbo benefiting from steady playing time

ANAHEIM -- Off to a scorching start to begin the season, Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo attributes his success to something very simple -- he's playing more.

"I've been getting enough at-bats to stay sharp, and I have been playing regularly to keep my timing where it needs to be," said Trumbo.

Trumbo leads American League rookies in nearly every offensive category including: home runs (6), hits (25), runs (13), total bases (49) and RBIs (17).

The Angels first baseman could also join elite company within the organization, as he could become just the second Angel rookie with 30 home runs. Tim Salmon is the only other one, having done so in 1993.

"He is still making adjustments and learning the league, and I think he is doing a terrific job," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As the game goes on he makes adjustments and for his first go-round, he has been extremely productive and given us a big boost."

Trumbo has accrued more playing time at first base this season as Kendrys Morales continues to recuperate from left ankle surgery.

Playing in only eight games last season with the Angels, Trumbo went 1-for-15, with a .067 average. This year, the Halos first baseman is batting .255.

"Last year, I was trying too hard when I came up. I didn't know when I was going to play, that I really just wanted to do too much," Trumbo said. "This year at a certain point, I realized I was going to get an opportunity. I was able to start playing my own game and not try and be somebody I'm not."

Still ready to improve on his game this season, even with such numbers, Trumbo is working on having better plate discipline.

"I have been getting better pitches to hit and laying off pitches I would have swung at earlier in the season, and I am taking more walks," said Trumbo.