SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Los Angeles Dodgers made shortstop Brandon Trinkwon UCSB's highest drafted position player since 2006 on Friday afternoon, as they selected the junior with their seventh round (214th overall) selection in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
An All-Big West Second Team pick in 2013, Trinkwon finished the year with a .280 average and a .367 on-base percentage. Though he struggled with the bat early in the season, he finished the year with the most runs scored on the team (40), while ranking second in home runs (four), RBIs (37) and extra-base hits (14). A patient hitter, he led the team by a wide margin with 30 walks.
Of course, Trinkwon is known for his spectacular glove up the middle, and he did not disappoint in that department. He put up a .968 fielding percentage in 2013, and at one point had an 18-game errorless streak.
Before the 2013 season, Trinkwon was a Preseason All-American by Baseball America, and was named the top defensive infielder in the country in an analysis piece of the All-American teams.
The Tustin, Calif. native caught the eyes of scouts in 2012, when he hit a career best .347 for the Gauchos with 40 walks and 22 extra-base hits. He was chosen as an All-Big West Second Teamer that year as well. That summer, he started in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game after compiling a .301 batting average with 33 RBIs for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
Trinkwon was the highest UCSB position player taken since Chris Valaika was selected in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2006.
Tyler Mahle, younger brother of current Gaucho Greg Mahle and a UCSB commit, was also selected in the seventh round with the 225th overall pick by the Reds.
The final day of the draft will commence tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, featuring rounds 11-40.