Scioscia bullish on raw first baseman Trumbo

Scioscia bullish on raw first baseman Trumbo

Scioscia bullish on raw first baseman Trumbo
OAKLAND -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia continues to like what he sees of first baseman Mark Trumbo, who is in a 3-for-22 dry spell that dropped his average to .250 for the season.

He leads all American League rookies in homers (six), RBIs (18), hits (32), runs (15) and total bases (57) while playing solid defense.

"Absolutely," Scioscia said when asked if he can see Trumbo holding down first base all season in Kendrys Morales' absence. "But we're not looking for the rest of the season -- we're looking for tonight.

"Mark is a guy who has shown in the Minor Leagues he can figure things out. He was very raw when he signed. You see the power, and he's athletic, runs well. I'm not going to put any numbers out there, but you're looking at a position where you have to be productive.

"There are going to be strikeouts, but a lot of home runs, RBIs and runs scored. He's got a high ceiling, and hopefully he's going to reach it."

Trumbo is hitting .341 against lefties, as opposed to .207 against right-handers. He narrowly missed a homer in the 435-foot range in Texas, getting a fraction in front of a C.J. Wilson cutter in his first at-bat on Sunday and hooking it into the second deck in left field.

"I knew it was going foul as soon as I hit it," Trumbo said. "He didn't throw me any cutters on the inner half again. It's frustrating when that happens, sure, but you have to go right back to work. In the Minors, I can recall hitting one foul like that and then going deep in the same at-bat."