Stryker Trahan

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Stryker Trahan
Arizona Diamondbacks
Outfielder
Born: (1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 (age 20)
Scott, Louisiana
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Stryker Louis Trahan (pronounced "Traw-HAW";[1][2] born April 25, 1994) is an American professional baseball player. An outfielder, he plays in minor league baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The Diamondbacks selected Trahan in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of Acadiana High School in Scott, Louisiana, as a catcher, and shifted him to the outfield in 2014.

Career[edit]

Trahan played baseball on travel teams in Louisiana as a catcher.[1] He attended Acadiana High School in Scott, Louisiana, where he played for his school's baseball team. He had a .460 batting average as a junior,[3] and batted .384 as a senior, being named to the Class 5A All-State first team in both his junior and senior years.[3][4] He participated in baseball showcases for high school players.[5] He also played quarterback and tight end for the school's American football team, which won the state championship.[2] He was honored as All-District as a quarterback in his senior year.[1] He committed to attend the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to play college baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels baseball team.[3][6]

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Trahan in the first round, with the 26th overall selection, of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Rather than enroll at Ole Miss, Trahan signed with the Diamondbacks, receiving a $1.7 million signing bonus.[1][7] Though the Diamondbacks kept him at catcher, they foresaw the potential need to take him off of the position and play him in the outfield.[8] He made his professional debut that year in the Rookie-level Arizona League,[1] where he batted .281 with a .422 on-base percentage and a .473 slugging percentage.[9] He began 2013 in extended spring training,[10][9] before he was assigned to the Missoula Osprey of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He batted .254 with ten home runs and a .462 slugging percentage with Missoula.[8]

Before the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks shifted Trahan to play as a left fielder.[8] He opened the season with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class A Midwest League.[11] After batting .198 and striking out in 36% of his plate appearances, the Diamondbacks demoted Trahan to the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in July.[12][13]

Personal[edit]

Trahan was named for the title character in B.L. Stryker.[6] His parents, Donna and Chad, were both catchers for the Acadiana softball and baseball teams, respectively. Donna was also named to the all-state team.[1][7] Donna died of liver cancer in April 2013.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lee, Tariq (July 5, 2012). "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Stryker Trahan likes shift to pros". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kaduk, Kevin (July 19, 2012). "Stryker Trahan scores a win for catchers everywhere after laying out opposing runner | Big League Stew – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Churchill, Jason A. "Stryker Trahan is nation’s best backstop – ESPNHS Baseball – ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Acadiana High Catcher Stryker Trahan Selected in First Round of MLB Draft". 97.3 The Dawg. June 5, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Crawford, Christopher. "Stryker Trahan turning heads – ESPNHS Baseball – ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "D-backs snag high school catcher Stryker Trahan with 26th overall pick in First-Year Player Draft | dbacks.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "D-backs' top pick Trahan signs, shows off in BP". Foxsportsarizona.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Piecoro, Nick (March 5, 2014). "Arizona Diamondbacks' Stryker Trahan: New position ‘a great opportunity’". AZ Central. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Piecoro, Nick (March 16, 2013). "Arizona Diamondbacks’ Stryker Trahan says he still has work to do". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Piecoro, Nick (June 13, 2013). "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Stryker Trahan settling in". AZ Central. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Trahan’s Home Run in the 10th Lifts South Bend to Series Split". WBKO. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hillsboro Hops make series of roster moves before game against Boise Hawks". OregonLive.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Stock Watch: Robert Refsnyder rising with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

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