05/25/11 9:30 PM ET
Trumbo no longer fazed by mini-slumps
By Lyle Spencer and Jordan Garretson / MLB.com
"Now it's more about the process," said Trumbo, 25. "If I go up and I don't have a very good approach that night and I don't compete like I know would have liked to, that's probably when the '0-fors' are a little harder to stomach."
Everything might be a little easier to stomach when Trumbo takes a look at his numbers. The Anaheim native is making an early -- but legitimate -- case as an American League Rookie of the Year candidate. He's hitting .245, but his 17 runs, 38 hits, nine doubles, and four stolen bases lead all AL rookies. Additionally, his home runs (seven), RBIs (21) and walks (11) are all third or better.
Those numbers, and this year's experience appearing in 44 of his team's 50 games, have allowed him to be more relaxed in his approach -- a stark contrast from his quest for his first Major League hit last fall. It took the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder 15 big league at-bats to connect.
Trumbo tagged Texas reliever Mark Lowe for a two-run single in the ninth inning on Oct. 3, 2010, the Angels' season finale.
"If I had done it a little sooner, maybe I could have relaxed a little more and just played my game [last year]," he said. "Up until you get that first one [hit], you're going to be anxious and you're going to want to do too much sometimes."
With a slightly more seasoned perspective, Trumbo is better equipped to shed memories of hitless at-bats. His best trip to the plate across his current mini-slump was an eight-pitch duel with the Athletics' Josh Outman Monday. He recorded a foul tip, took a ball, and then fouled off five straight before grounding into a double play.
"I wasn't happy with the result, but I gave him a good battle," Trumbo said. "Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to him. He made a good pitch. He got me to do what he was trying to get me to do. But who's to say the next time I face him things aren't different and go more in my favor?"
Angels give Izturis routine day of rest
ANAHEIM -- It was manager Mike Scioscia's plan coming into the season not to tax versatile infielder Maicer Izturis too heavily. In keeping with the program, Izturis took Wednesday night off against A's right-hander Trevor Cahill at Angel Stadium.
Assuming the leadoff role in Izturis' absence is Peter Bourjos. The Angels are 4-2 when the center fielder bats first.
Alexi Amarista is the second baseman as Howard Kendrick continues to rehab right hamstring tightness. Kendrick has been hitting all along and took ground balls in a stationary position on Wednesday. The Angels prefer not to put him on the disabled list in the hope that he'll be back before the 15 days would expire retroactive to May 20.
As for Izturis, Scioscia said: "We're giving him a little breather. He's holding up well. He got a good jump [Tuesday night] on his steal. He ran well."
Big nights by Izturis generally mean the Angels win. He's batting .366 during their victories. He's hitting .303 overall with a .368 on-base percentage and has 15 multi-hit games. According to STATS LLC, he's second in the Majors with 30 percent of the balls he puts in play being line drives.
"I'm playing more this year and having my best start of my career," Izturis said. "So I don't mind taking a day off when the manager thinks it's best."
Scioscia: Trout not quite ready for Majors
ANAHEIM -- With Vernon Wells sidelined by a groin injury and several players sharing left field in his absence, there are those who would like to see the Angels summon 19-year-old super prospect Mike Trout from Double-A Arkansas.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia and the brass don't think that's necessary -- or a good idea, given Trout's relative inexperience. He played 175 games his first two Minor League seasons (batting .344) and has played 39 games at Arkansas, batting .308 with .415 on-base and .538 slugging marks. He has six homers and 17 RBIs with 28 runs scored and has nine steals in 13 attempts.
"If we thought he was ready for the Major Leagues, he'd be here," Scisocia said. "Is Mike going to come up here and hit .310, .320? That's a huge risk with a young player. We've seen the tremendous growth Mike has made from last year at this time to this year. A month from now, it might be a different answer, but there's some growth he needs to be ready for the Major Leagues.
"He needs to see a variety of pitchers, get on base, learn how to read pitchers and get jumps. There are things you continually learn in the Minor Leagues."
In Cactus League play the past two springs, Trout -- who won't be 20 until Aug. 7 -- impressed Scioscia with his ability to go the other way naturally and his plate discipline along with raw speed few players in the game can match.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.