One of the names that jumped out in big league spring training was that of Blake Trahan. He was playing well with the big leaguers despite it being his first full season as a professional.
All of the good that was built up in spring training didn’t carry over into April. Blake Trahan was assigned to Advanced-A Daytona to begin the regular season. In the first seven games of the season he went 2-30 (.067) with one walk and five strikeouts. The next week didn’t go much better. In seven games the shortstop went 3-24 (.125) with three walks. While the final eight games of the month were another small improvement, it was still a struggled. In 37 plate appearnaces he went 6-32 (.188) with four walks. April finished with a .128/.198/.186 line in 98 plate appearances with eight walks and 16 strikeouts.
May began with an 0-3, two walk game. Everything then turned around for Blake Trahan. He ran off an 11-game hitting streak over the next 11 days. He went 16-43 (.372) with five walks and six strikeouts. His hitting streak came to an end of the 14th, but he ran off a 6-game hit streak the next week, going 9-23 (.391). That streak came to an end on the 22nd. Over the final eight games he went 9-29 (.310) with more walks than strikeouts. After a terrible first month, May was very strong. The Tortugas shortstop hit .327/.403/.442 with 14 walks and 14 strikeouts.
The first week of June ran into some weather problems and despite a double header, Blake Trahan only got into four games that week. He went 3-14, but made the hits count with two triples. After a slow start to the second week, the shortstop had two hits in three straight games to end the week. The third week also only included four games due to the All-Star break. Trahan went 4-20 with another triple. He finished strong over the last eight games. He went 12-37 (.324) with a double, home run and three walks. In 103 plate appearances the Louisiana native went .280/.330/.409 with six walks and just 10 strikeouts.
July started out well for Blake Trahan. In the first weent he went 7-23 (.304) with six walks. That carried forward for the first game of the second week as he went 3-4, but things then slowed down. From the 9th through 17th he slumped, going 4-28 in that span. Over the next four games he picked up three multi-hit games, but went into a slump the rest of the way. In the final nine games he hit just .206. For the entire month he hit .250/.325/.296 with 12 walks and 14 strikeouts.
The slump continued over into August. In the first week he went just 3-25 (.120) without an extra-base hit. Things turned around in the second week. In eight games (two double headers), the shortstop went 10-29 (.345) with five walks, two doubles and two triples. Over the next week things slowed down, going 7-28 (.250) with two doubles and no walks. It was the fourth week of August that was his best of the season. Blake Trahan went 13-23 (.565) with three doubles, a triple and a home run. The final week of the season saw the shortstop go 6-25 (.240) with a double. The last five weeks of the season saw Trahan hit .300/.343/.431 in 143 plate appearances.
After a terrible April, Blake Trahan turned things around and hit .290/.351/.395 the rest of the season for Daytona. That rough start lowered his OPS to .686 on the season. He stole 25 bases in 33 attempts and showed good plate discipline throughout the year. Trahan also showed skills in the field, making just 15 errors and posting a .974 fielding percentage in 124 starts at shortstop for the Tortugas.
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Blake Trahan Scouting Report
Hitting | Blake Trahan can use the entire field, which helps his hit tool. He also has speed which could help the hit tool play up some. He doesn’t barrel the ball often enough though, which leaves him with a below-average hit tool that may play up a tick to fringe-average because of the speed.
Power | There’s not much power to his game and there’s not much to grown into either. Expect 5-10 home runs in the future with a solid number of doubles.
Running | He’s got above-average speed that helps with some infield hits and could be good for 15-20 steals in the future.
Arm | His arm is accurate and shows slightly above-average strength. It will play well anywhere on the infield.
Defense | He shows fringe-average range at shortstop, but when coupled with his arm he’s able to play there without issue.
The overall package profiles closer to that of a solid utility player who can play around the infield on any given day (not first base). There’s a chance if he gets the most from his overall game he could be a starter at either second or shortstop, though his power doesn’t profile much for second so the rest of his game would have to max out.
There were some strong splits shown in 2016 for Blake Trahan. He hit significantly better at home in Daytona. That’s notable as Daytona is the only stadium in the league that isn’t a Major League spring training home. He OPS’d .770 at home and just .592 on the road. At the same time, he had 31 walks and 34 strikeouts at home, but just 18 and 39 on the road. He also showed enormous splits against right handed and left handed pitching. Against lefties he crushed the ball, posting an .825 OPS. Against right handers he only OPS’s .639 during the year. Both of those are worth keeping an eye on moving forward.