SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Just months after being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Dodgers, former UC Santa Barbara shortstop Brandon Trinkwon is quickly making his name known in the Los Angeles farm system.
After signing his pro contract in June, Trinkwon was assigned to the Ogden Raptors of the short season rookie level Pioneer League. The Tustin, Calif. native immediately showed that he had one of the premier bats in the league. In just 33 games for the Raptors, he compiled a .362/.411/.587 slash line with 20 extra base hits and 27 RBIs.
Trinkwon had a hit in each of his final 20 games in Ogden, shattering his UCSB-best hitting streak of six games.
Always noted as a top defender, he had just four errors, the fewest among Ogden's starting infielders.
Despite being a pro for just over a month, Trinkwon's strong play earned him a promotion to the Low-A Great Lake Loons of the Midwest League. At the time of his promotion, he ranked in the Pioneer League top-ten in average (second), on-base percentage (eighth), slugging percentage (sixth), doubles (13, seventh), triples (three, sixth), total bases (81, sixth), and OPS (.998, fourth).
In the Midwest League, Trinkwon hasn't missed a beat. He has collected hits in his first two games with the Loons, giving him a 22 game overall hit streak. His last hit came in dramatic fashion, as he carried an 0-3 line to the plate before crushing a solo home run – his first for Great Lakes – to maintain the streak. In his first game in A ball, he doubled home two runs.
The 214th overall pick in this year's draft, Trinkwon was UCSB's highest position player draftee since Chris Valaika in 2006. His best year as a Gaucho was his sophomore year in 2012, when he hit .347 and had a .460 on-base percentage. In 2013, he rebounded from an early season slump to hit .280 while leading the team in runs scored (40) and walks (30) while ranking second in RBIs (37) and home runs (four).
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