Trumbo a strong Home Run Derby candidate

Trumbo a strong Home Run Derby candidate

BALTIMORE -- Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano remains coy about who he has in mind for the July 9 Home Run Derby in Kansas City, opting to wait until his selections are made public on Selection Sunday.

"I have a few more days," Cano, the American League captain and reigning Home Run Derby champ, said on ESPN Monday night. "I've been thinking about it, so now I have to call guys and see if they want to do it."

Will one of those calls go to Angels slugger Mark Trumbo?

That remains to be seen. But Trumbo has the power for it and has put up some deserving numbers, ranking third third in the AL with a .980 OPS and tied for eighth with 17 homers. Trumbo reiterated Tuesday that he'd be open to participating in the Home Run Derby if chosen, but would still have to think about it.

The fact he has that natural upward trajectory on his swing, and wouldn't really have to change it to suit the Home Run Derby, is certainly a positive.

"Until I have a clearer picture of what's going to happen, I'm not going to spend much time thinking about it," said Trumbo, who won the Texas League Home Run Derby while in Double-A in 2009. "It seems like something that's fun and might be a good experience if everything works out for the better."