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By all accounts, Marc Trumbo is putting together a fine rookie season.
His 17 home runs lead the team, and his 41 RBI are good for second among Angels players.
The only issue is 2011 is Trumbo's first full season in the big leagues. As sure as there will be 162 games in a season, rookies that play every day are guaranteed to grow fatigued by September.
The Angels would be wise to keep Trumbo fresh for the playoffs, but they'll need to do so while fighting for the AL West pennant in the season's final month.
This is where the importance of depth at first base comes into play.
At first glance, the Angels appeared to have found the solution to that problem when they acquired veteran slugger Russel Branyan.
However, Branyan has posted just a .196 batting average in 107 at bats with the team in 2011.
Those aren't the numbers of a player you'd be comfortable putting in your lineup in the midst of a pennant race.
The Angels need a solid bat at first base to push Trumbo and keep him fresh as the wear and tear of the major league season progresses.
It may seem like nitpicking at its finest, but depth at the one-bag may prove to be the difference for the Angels in 2011.