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No. 84: Greatest Angels of All-Time: Mark Trumbo

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One of the best HR hitters in team history

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Mark Trumbo

Time with Angels: 2010-2013

Stats: .250/.299/.469/.768, 95 HR, 284 RBI, 429 H, 80 2B, 218 R, 114 OPS+

Baseball Reference WAR: 6.9

FanGraphs WAR: 6.1

Combined WAR: 6.5


Though Mark Trumbo only played three full seasons with the Angels, he’s highly regarded as one of the best power hitters in franchise history. During his first season with the club in 2010, Trumbo appeared in only eight games. So, over the course of his final three seasons, he hit 95 home runs, an average of just under 32 a season.

Trumbo was drafted by the Angels in the 18th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft. It took him six years to work his way up through the minors, but he finally cracked the big-league roster in 2010.

His first full season came in 2011, where he finished second behind Jeremy Hellickson in American League Rookie of the Year voting. Trumbo hit 29 homers during his rookie season while driving in 87 runs. He was primarily used as a first baseman, but spent some time playing the outfield as well.

The following season he was named an All-Star, the first of two times he’d make the team during his career. Although Trumbo played in fewer games than he did in 2011, he improved his numbers across the board. He hit 32 homers while driving in 95 runs. His average was .268 and he had an OPS of .808. Trumbo had 146 total hits, which to this date are the second most in his career. His OPS+ of 124 that season is still a career-high for him.

Through the first 48 games of the 2012 season, Trumbo was one of the best hitters in baseball. As of June 5, he was hitting .337 with an OPS of over 1.000. He had 12 homers and 31 runs driven in.

2013 was Trumbo’s final season in Anaheim. He played in all but three games, the most he’d play in a season for the Angels. His hitting took a hit across the board, as his average (.234), slugging percentage (.453) and OPS (.747) were all career-lows at the time. Although, he did hit 34 homers and drive in 100 runs, both of which were career-highs for him.

On December 10 of 2013, Trumbo was traded to the Arizona D-Backs as a part of a three-team deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Here’s where Trumbo ranks in Angels franchise history:

  • 95 home runs (20th)
  • 284 RBI (30th)
  • .469 slugging % (12th)
  • 429 hits (57th)
  • 218 runs (54th)

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