Early into the morning hours on Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners first baseman Mark Trumbo were linked together. However, talks then throughout the day fell apart as the two teams couldn’t come to an agreement on the combo player who can play both first base and a corner outfield position.
The Rockies are familiar with the power-hitting Trumbo, who spent two years in a Arizona Diamondbacks uniform. The 29-year-old was a “Rockies Killer” or so to say, putting on a show at the confines of 20th and Blake.
Overall, Trumbo has appeared in 12 games at Coors Field, posting a line of .333/.423/.911 with 15 hits in 45 at-bats. With those 15 hits, eight of them have been for home runs — just your typical Coors Field product, right? Mark also collected two doubles to go along with 20 RBI’s. However, the only problem that scares me when bringing up Trumbo would be his strikeout rate.
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In four seasons in which Trumbo has played more than 140+ games, he has posted over 120+ strikeouts in each of those years. Coming from a Rockies’ perspective, that won’t fly if this team wants to contend. Colorado is usually a team that hits for power, yet strikeouts are a key problem and/or putting the ball in play for that matter. Experts and bloggers alike want the Rockies (and many other teams) to follow the Kansas City Royals model for pitching. Heck, I think they should follow their model embodied around hitters by simply putting the ball in-play and making the defense work.
So yes, the Rockies will try to pursue the 29-year-old when if/when he elects to become a free agent which is slated for the 2017 season. However, the team needs be to careful due to the statistic I mentioned above — strikeouts.
Just thinking about Trumbo’s bat in the Mile High City makes you giddy. Balls would be flying out of the park left and right.