Earlier this week our own Joe Jacquez wrote about Michael Perez, one of the top catching prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Today, we take a look Stryker Trahan another top D’backs’ catching prospect. While Perez played at a higher A ball level than Trahan, it is the latter who is more highly rated in the D’backs’ system according to mlb.com (Trahan is #7, Perez is #10).
Still only 19, Trahan was taken with the 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. While there, he also excelled on the football field at quarterback and linebacker. As the #1 ranked high school catcher in the country, Trahan turned down the University of Mississippi to receive a $1.7 million dollar signing bonus from the D’backs. Arizona immediately sent the youngster to the Rookie League where he excelled during his first professional experience. In 167 at-bats, he hit five home runs with 25 RBI’s and a slash line of .281/.422/.473. Trahan then spent 2013 at Missoula in the Pioneer League. In 236 at-bats, he doubled his home run output to 10 and drove in 33 runs with a line of .254/.328/.462.
Possessing a sweet lefty stroke, there is no doubting the hitting ability of Trahan. However, some (as reported by mlb.com) wonder if he will eventually land in a corner outfield spot. They note that while he has a strong arm, his footwork and his hands need a lot of help. Trahan’s expected arrival to the Major Leagues is 2016 so expect the club to tinker with him in other positions between now and then.