Mark Trumbo
32-Year-Old DHDH
Baltimore Orioles
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/11/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Trumbo had nowhere to go but down in 2017 after leading the majors with 47 homers in his age-30 season, but even most pessimists wouldn't have predicted such a significant collapse as a power hitter. There was no change in Trumbo's plate discipline and no lengthy absence due to injury to explain his home-run drop-off; instead, Trumbo simply drove the ball with less authority. His barrel rate declined steeply from 10.5 Barrels/PA to a more pedestrian 4.8, with his hard-hit rate following a similar trend (39.3 percent to 30.4 percent). Due to his poor outfield defense and on-base skills, Trumbo offers little value from a real-life or fantasy perspective if he isn't consistently slugging, and his struggles last season were further magnified by the league-wide power surge. Under contract for two more years, Trumbo will get a chance to redeem himself as the Orioles' primary DH to open 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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