American League Rookie of the Year candidate Mark Trumbo quietly leads the Los Angeles Angels in home runs with 22 and has driven in 63 runs while hitting a respectable .261 on the season. After being selected in the 18th round of the 2004 draft, Trumbo finally caught his big break after six seasons in the minors, when Kendrys Morales was unable to return from an ankle injury suffered during the 2010 season. Despite putting up double digit home run totals in every season in the minor leagues, with a career high of 36 in 2010 with the Salt Lake City Bees, Trumbo accumulated a large number of critics who doubted his ability to translate the minor league power into the big leagues, and some even doubted he’s make it out of the low minors. In the story, Trumbo talks about finding motivation to silence his critics with every big league swing. It’s a very good read.
Angels’ Mark Trumbo has chip on his shoulder, thunder in his bat — LATimes.com