Despite Mark Trumbo's loss to Jose Bautista in the Round 2 swing-off in the 2012 Home Run Derby, the Los Angeles Angels' right fielder proved that he is the next great raw power hitter in the game of baseball.
As expected, Prince Fielder absolutely destroyed the baseball and won the competition over Bautista, but Trumbo proved to the baseball world that he has what it takes to lead the league in home runs one day.
The 26-year-old righty competed with the best home run hitters in the game on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was one of the final four participants remaining, lumped into a group with Fielder, Jose Bautista and Carlos Beltran. If you were asked which one of those names do not belong in that group of four, your answer would almost certainly be Trumbo.
Rightfully so, as the young man from Anaheim has yet to establish himself as the other three players have done.
He's well on his way though.
Last season with the Angels, Trumbo swatted 29 home runs in 149 games. In 2012, he already has 22 bombs in less than half that amount.
His longest home run of the night was a colossal shot that landed a whopping 457 feet from where it left his bat. That's 37 feet longer than Matt Kemp's lone homer, 21 feet longer than Andrew McCutchen's longest and 24 feet longer than the farthest shot Carlos Gonzalez hit.
The "Trumbino" posted the longest round average distance of any participant. At 443 feet, his second-round average bettered the second-longest round average by 12 feet, which was posted by Fielder in the first round.
According to HitTrackerOnline.com, Trumbo is tied with Adam Dunn for the most "No Doubt" home runs in the entire MLB. Per the website, a "No Doubt" homer is one that gets over the fence by a minimum of 20 vertical feet, as well as lands more than 20 feet beyond the fence.
He has hit just one "Lucky" home run this year, which is a home run that wouldn't have been one if it was hit on a 70-degree day with no wind.
His average true distance, which measures how far a home run would have gone if it were uninterrupted by the framework of the stadium, is 419.5 feet. That's over 20 feet longer than the MLB average true distance.
Not much is being made of Trumbo's monster year, or at least more should be made of what he has been able to do. He's been overshadowed by fellow phenom Mike Trout, but his impact on the team has been nearly as great.
Trumbo has already shown that he can hit home runs with the best in the world, but his performance at the 2012 Home Run Derby solidifies the belief that he is the next great power hitter in baseball.
Champion: Prince Fielder
1. Prince Fielder: 12 (Long: 476)
2. Jose Bautista: 7 (438)
Round 2 (Swing-Off)
1. Jose Bautista: 2 (442)
2. Mark Trumbo: 1 (417)
1. Prince Fielder: 16 (476)
2. Jose Bautista: 13 (428) (Swing-off participant)
3: Mark Trumbo: 13 (457) (Swing-off participant)
4: Carlos Beltran: 12 (459)
1. Jose Bautista: 11 (439)
2. Carlos Beltran: 7 (436)
3. Mark Trumbo: 7 (439)
4. Prince Fielder: 5 (454)
5. Carlos Gonzalez: 4 (433)
6. Andrew McCutchen: 4 (436)
7. Matt Kemp: 1 (420)
8: Robinson Cano: 0
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