Mark Trumbo

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Mark Trumbo
Apr 29: Trumbo went 1-for-4 with his sixth homer of the year in Thursday's win over the White Sox. Trumbo filled the backside of a back-to-back job with Chris Davis in the third inning to start the rout. He had gone homerless in his previous 10 games since sending two into orbit on April 15 against the Rangers. Something for owners to keep an eye on would be the position Trumbo is playing when he hits home runs. So far, the first-year Oriole has blasted four when penciled in as the designated hitter and only two when starting in the outfield -- a simple stat that may become valuable in daily formats if it continues.

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Apr 23: Trumbo went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI in a victory over the Royals on Saturday. The 30-year-old is certainly finding a home in Baltimore this season. He currently has a nine-game hitting streak and is 11-for-31 (.355) with 10 RBI during that stretch. While it's unlikely that Trumbo will continue this pace, he is in a great spot to drive in plenty of runs batting out of the fifth spot in the Orioles powerful lineup.

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Apr 16: Trumbo was 2-for-5 with two homers in the seventh inning and five RBI in Friday's 11-5 victory over the Rangers. The veteran continued his torrid start to the season and now has his batting average at .400 after the first 10 games. He also has home runs in four of his last five contests and is sporting a .604 wOBA on the road in 2016. He launched a two-run shot Friday off Rangers starter Martin Perez, and then blasted a three-run homer later in the inning off reliever Andrew Faulkner in what was a nine-run seventh for the Orioles. While the current pace is naturally unsustainable, Trumbo's slot in the five-hole in what is a loaded Orioles lineup in front of him figures to shower him with an abundance of RBI opportunities throughout the season.

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Apr 14: Trumbo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Rangers. The heavy hitting outfielder took lefty Cole Hamels deep in the top of the fourth inning Thursday, marking his third long ball in four days. While the power has always been there with Trumbo, his penchant for striking out has been a constant issue. However, he has trimmed his K rate down from 24.2% in 2015 to 11.8% this season. It's still early to be sure, and that K rate will come up as the season wears on, but if he can stay disciplined at the plate Trumbo he should be able to settle into a groove in the heart of Baltimore's order.

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Apr 12: Trumbo homered as part of a 3-for-4 game with two RBI Tuesday against the Red Sox. Trumbo has two homers on the season and is hitting a robust .464/.500/.714 on this hot start. Perhaps most impressive about this start for Trumbo is his meager three strikeouts in 30 plate appearances. Especially playing half his game in homer-friendly Camden Yards, Trumbo will put up big power numbers if he can just make contact. So far, so good.

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Apr 4: Trumbo endeared himself to the Orioles faithful Monday, going 4-for-5 with a stolen base against the Twins Trumbo, Baltimore's cleanup hitter, was brought in to provide some big power behind Chris Davis, but ended up with four singles Monday. The power should come for Trumbo, however, as he launched 22 homers a year ago and has two 30-homer seasons to his credit. The stolen base was a rarity for Trumbo, who went without a steal for all of 2015.

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Mar 7: Trumbo seems to be in store for a move to right field this season after the Orioles signed Pedro Alvarez on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. With Chris Davis holding it down at first base, Alvarez is destined to be Baltimore's daily designated hitter which forces Trumbo into the outfield. Fortunately Trumbo played 88 games in the outfield between Arizona and Seattle last season, but was unreliable and seems best suited in a DH role. Nevertheless, the 30-year-old will now likely slot ahead of Nolan Reimold at right on Opening Day.

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Mar 3: Trumbo is struggling defensively in right field this spring, MASN Sports reports. Trumbo has played two balls very poorly this spring and his career peripherals in the outfield are not stellar. It seems like the best option is to peg him in the DH spot at this point and keep him on the ready to back up Chris Davis if an injury forces him into action at first base. Trumbo qualifies in the outfield from last year, but he may be a pure DH next year.

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Feb 19: Trumbo will take fly balls in right field as spring workouts begin, MASN Sports reports. Trumbo actually logged most of his time with the Mariners and Diamondbacks in the outfield last season, though he seems to be a more natural fit at first base. Chris Davis should be the every day starter at first. Trumbo figures to log more time at DH than in the outfield, assuming the Orioles finalize a deal with another outfielder, a move that seems coming down the pike.

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