SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The toughest play for the Angels' Mark Trumbo in his quest to be an adequate Major League third baseman is the slow roller, which tends to be pretty difficult for a man listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.
At last, in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, Trumbo finally got his chance to convert one in a game, charging a softly-hit grounder by Emmanuel Burriss and swiftly throwing to first base for the easy out in the fifth.
"It was good," Trumbo said. "I feel confident. We've done so many reps now that I feel like I have the basic footwork down. I feel good coming in on it. No hesitation or anything. I know what I need to do to give myself a chance on that play now."
Trumbo made that throw overhand, mainly because he fielded it with his glove and had time. The 26-year-old said he feels comfortable making the throw below his shoulder on barehand plays, too, though he hasn't been able to put that on display just yet.
Trumbo is tied with Alberto Callaspo with a team-high three errors at third base, but has turned in a few nice plays -- including snagging a hard-hit line drive while playing even with the bag on Tuesday -- and is more ahead in his progress at the hot corner than many envisioned.