Arizona Diamondbacks 2014 Spring Training Profile: Mark Trumbo

Mark Trumbo

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The Arizona Diamondbacks love to make trades. This offseason was no different as the Diamondbacks made a fairly large trade involving three teams that brought them a legitimate power hitter to their lineup. His name? Mark Trumbo.

The trade involved the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and the Diamondbacks. The snakes sent pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs to the Angels and centerfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox. The White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Angels, and of course, the Angels sent Trumbo to the snakes.

The Diamondbacks wanted a power hitter to put in corner outfield. Trumbo didn’t play a lot in the outfield with the Angels, but he appears capable of doing so. The problem with him, however, is that he doesn’t do anything offensively except for hit home runs.

In 1,853 career plate appearances, Trumbo has a .250/.299/.469 triple-slash line with a 111 wRC+. In three-plus seasons, Trumbo only has a 6.6 fWAR. He is slightly above average every season and the Diamondbacks gave up two very good MLB-ready prospects for him. His highest walk rate came in 2013 when he walked in eight percent of his plate appearances. In that same season, he struck out in 27.1 percent of his trips to the plate.

In 2013, Trumbo did hit 34 home runs, but that’s basically all he did. A sub-.300 on-base percentage is pathetic. His .294 on-base percentage means that he has a .706 out percentage. The man makes an out 70 percent of the time he’s at the plate — that’s not so good. So yes, while Trumbo does bring power to the Diamondbacks, the team will suffer from the acquisition by not having Skaggs and Eaton on the roster for the foreseeable future.

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  • Tom Paine

    “In 2013, Trumbo did hit 34 home runs, but that’s basically all he did.”
    Actually, no, that’s not all he did by any means. He drove in 100 runs, Mr. Morrison, and only 12 players in all of MLB drove in more. He drove in many of the with home runs, the rest with singles, doubles, sacrifice flies, and balls smashed so hard at infieders that they forced errors. If you ever actually watched him play, you would know this. But here’s the deal, Mr. Morrison: the whole point of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team. Anyone who drives in 100 of them is a very valuable player, period.

    • Zach Morrison

      Really? Come on, man. The RBI is such a team-based stat. For example, the cleanup hitter for the Yankees is going to get more RBI than the cleanup hitter for the Astros. So, please, Mr. Paine, don’t come at me with that weak sauce. Oh, and thanks for reading. I truly appreciate the folks that leave feedback, even if they don’t agree.

      • Tom Paine

        Thanks for your response, but it seems to me a guy gets to be cleanup hitter for the Yankees BECAUSE he drives in a lot of runs. But yes, baseball is a team sport, and Trumbo is highly regarded as a team player and clubhouse leader. I don’t know of any stats for that; it’s measuered in the respect of other players. In any event, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Trumbo’s numbers are going to show siginicant improvement in Arizona this season. Come September we’ll see who’s right.

        • Zach Morrison

          Oh, don’t get me wrong; I do think Trumbo will hit 40+ home runs with the Diamondbacks hitter-friendly park. But he still won’t provide any value defensively or by getting on base very often. With Trumbo, it’s home run or bust. I didn’t say he’s terrible, he’s just overvalued.