Mark Trumbo was named the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year by Sporting News. Trumbo played first base for the Los Angeles Angels this year following Kendrys Morales being out for the season. He made the most of his opporunity. In 2011 he hit 29 homers for the Halos, which was the most for a rookie since Nomar Garciaparra did it in 1997.
Trumbo also drove in 87 and batted .254.
He was drafted in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft by the Angels in the 18th round out of Villa Park (Villa Park, Calif.). He played in the 2003 Area Code Baseball Games on the Milwaukee Brewers Blue team in Long Beach, Calif. In his senior year he was selected first team all-state by CalHiSports.com. Current Major Leaguers: Phil Hughes (Foothill, Tustin, Calif.), Sean O'Sullivan (Valhalla, El Cajon, Calif.) and Trevor Plouffe (Crespi, Encinco, Calif.) were also first team members.