Angels honor Trumbo, Chatwood, Jacobo
Halos hand out organizational awards to Minor Leaguers
Mark Trumbo, who enjoyed a breakout year at Triple-A Salt Lake and was rewarded with some September exposure to the big league life, has been selected as the Angels' 2010 Minor League Player of the Year.
Also honored by the club as part of its annual organizational awards were Tyler Chatwood as the Minor League Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Gabriel Jacobo as Minor League Defensive Player of the Year.
Trumbo, a Pacific Coast League All-Star selection, batted .301 with 36 home runs, 122 RBIs and 103 runs scored in 139 games with the Bees, while primarily playing first base.
An Anaheim native who was selected out of nearby Villa Park High School, a 10-minute drive from Anaheim Stadium, in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Trumbo is playing for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League in an effort to refine his outfield skills.
It is Trumbo's goal to make the Angels' 25-man roster this spring, and first base is in the capable hands of Kendry Morales, who is returning from surgery on his left leg.
Trumbo, who played 10 games in the outfield in 2009 and 20 games as an outfielder in 2010, "is making good progress" in the transition, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Trumbo, who homered in consecutive games for Magallanes last week, is hitting .250 through six games with a .375 on-base percentage and .600 slugging mark, facing highly regarded talent in Venezuela.
Trumbo's 36 homers tied for the most in the Minor Leagues, while his 122 RBIs and 103 runs scored led the PCL. In limited opportunities with the Angels in September, Trumbo was 1-for-15 with two RBIs. He collected his first big league hit on Oct. 3 at Texas.
The right-handed Trumbo was also considered a premium pitching prospect in high school, but opted for swinging the bat after signing with the Angels as an 18th-round pick.
Another valued Angels prospect, catcher Hank Conger, is batting .273 with a .500 OBP and .455 slugging mark for Magallanes.
Chatwood, a 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander who hits the mid-90s and has a big curveball, finished 2010 with a combined 13-9 record and 2.84 ERA in 155 1/3 innings. He divided his time between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, Double-A Arkansas and Salt Lake.
Chatwood, who will be 21 on Dec. 16, is a native of Fontana, Calif., and attended Redlands East Valley High School, which also produced soccer star Landon Donovan. He was the Angels' top choice in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, taken in the second round at No. 74 overall.
Jacobo had a .998 fielding percentage for Rancho Cucamonga, committing just two errors in 1,151 total chances over 118 games. He owns a career .997 fielding percentage in three professional seasons.
A Tulare, Calif., native who attended Tulare Western High School and Cal State Sacramento, Jacobo, 23, was a 10th-round Draft pick in 2008. Right-handed all the way, Jacobo also showed some muscle at Rancho Cucamonga, batting .296 and hitting 22 homers with 107 RBIs in 133 games.
Looking to recapture his stroke and his confidence, Angels third baseman Brandon Wood had a big opening week in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox.
With a league-high eight RBIs while batting .444, Wood was named co-Player of the Week with Orioles third base prospect Ryan Adams of the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.