Kendrys Morales Out, Mark Trumbo In
Two years ago Kendrys Morales broke out with 34 home runs with over 100 RBI’s while hitting over .300 on the season. In 2010, Morales was having another fine season before he suffered a freak leg injury at home plate. Coming into spring training, it seemed like Morales would be fine for opening day but early on Morales expressed his doubts.
Manager Mike Scioscia down played Morales’s comment and told the press he thought Morales would be ready to be the Angels designated hitter to open the year. Now in the middle of March, that looks very unlikely and Morales is almost a shoe in to miss the start of the season. The main reason for Morales’s setback is because his leg isn’t responding as well as many had hoped.
Enter Angels power prospect first baseman Mark Trumbo. Last season Trumbo took the minor leagues by storm when he belted 36 home runs and drove in 122 runs. As of the middle of March, no one has been as hot as Trumbo as he’s totaled an impressive stat line hitting .348 with five home runs and 13 RBI’s by the 16th of March.
It’s going to take at least a few weeks into the season before Morales is ready to contribute and maybe until mid-May that he ready to play at first base. In that time Trumbo will have a chance to play, and if he shows continued success, it will be hard for the Angels to take him out of the lineup.
Trumbo was pulled from the game today with a slight groin injury, but it is believe to be minor and shouldn’t set him back for more than a day or two.
If you’re a fantasy owner who has already drafted your squad and you need a replacement for Morales, Trumbo is your man. Trumbo is worth starting right away in AL only fantasy leagues. In mixed leagues, Trumbo is worth stashing on your roster and waiting to findout how he starts the season.
It’s going to take an impressive first month of the season for Trumbo to stay in the pro’s but I can assure you that Angel’s fans will be screaming for Trumbo to stay if he plays well.
As for Morales, he should be fine in the long run and with Trumbo on the team you should feel confident that the Angels will easy him back to the team. In the short run, you won’t have Morales, but upon his arrival to the team, he should be ready to roll for the rest of the season.