AL Rookie of the Year Race: Why Mark Trumbo Is Lapping the Field

Nadia MishkinContributor IIIAugust 23, 2011

When Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending injury, rookie Mark Trumbo took over in a permanent role at first base. Since then he has shown consistent improvement in his performance and made himself a serious contender in the AL Rookie of the Year race. 

Michael Pineda of the Mariners has also put up ROY numbers, going 8-5 with a 2.58 ERA through July 4th. However, he has struggled recently, as his ERA inflated to 3.77. Ian Nova, Dustin Ackley and Jeremy Hellickson have also been top rookies in the American League.

While there has been no rise of another Buster Posey or Jayson Heyward in 2011, Mark Trumbo has come the closest to it. 

Where veterans Torii Hunter, Kendry Morales and Vernon Wells could not stay contributing in the lineup for Los Angeles, Trumbo has. 

Not only has he carried the offense, but he has become a team leader.

He showed his ability to perform in clutch situations last week by blasting a dramatic two-run walk-off homer to avoid a four-game sweep by the division rival Texas Rangers.

Trumbo has boasted great personal achievements and leads the team in home runs with 23. However, he has distinguished himself as a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year by playing a huge role in the success of this Angels team.

Trumbo has given Los Angeles hope to stay in the postseason race. In the AL Rookie of the Year watch, he shows no signs of slowing down. 

If Mark Trumbo can continue to give the Angels hope in a run at the division, he will be an easy choice for the title.