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For di Aruba pa Daytona, Tromp kier haci historia

DAYTONA BEACH — Chadwick Tromp sa cu e chensnan ta contra di dje. Solamente 5 hungador di pais Aruba a jega di hunga na nivel di Grandes Ligas.

Pero, e catcher di apenas 21 anja di Daytona Tortuga no ta worry. Di un manera of otro, e ta plania pa bira e di 6.

“I always have a chip on my shoulder,” Tromp a declara, kende a firma cu e ekipo di Cincinnati Reds como un agente liber internacional na anja 2013. “Baseball is about overcoming adversity and I can do a lot of things that I feel can get me to the big league level. That’s the beauty of baseball. There are no limits to how good you can be and I have a lot to prove.”

Awor di baina e por tin e edad legal di consumi alcohol na Merca, pero Tromp sa un of dos cos di pasa riba adversidad.

Cinco anja pasa, e 5 pia 9, 180 liber catcher a mira su ruman major, Jiandido, firma cu e ekipo di Philadelphia Phillies. Determina pa sigui su pasonan, Tromp a dedica e siguiente anja di su bida completamente na baseball – purbando desesperadamente di hanja e attencion di scoutnan cu sa bishita e isla di Aruba.

“Maybe 15 scouts come (to Aruba) each year, usually just once, so it’s not easy to get noticed,” Tromp a bisa.

Pa bo ta riba e radar di e ekiponan di Grandes Ligas, ta solamente un parti di e proceso. Manera Tromp mes a sinja e challenge ta pa no wordo lubida.

“They’d come to watch, I’d do well, but they would never call me back,” Tromp ta declara. “It would be the same thing the next year. They came, they liked me, they said they’d call me, but they never called. It was like that for almost two years. It just never worked out.”

Despues di 2 anja di speransa falso, Tromp a hanja un chens. Den un trip pa Curacao na 2013 pa hunga den un torneo di showcase, Tromp a wordo ofreci un baseball scholarship door di Western Oklahoma State – un junior college na Altus, Oklahoma.

“I just figured, ‘OK,’ I’ll go to college and then get drafted,” Tromp a bisa.

Si no ta pa un jamada telefonico un paar di luna despues di un amigo, esey mes ta locual Chadwick Tromp lo a haci.

“It was the beginning of May and a buddy of mine called me up and said there was a scout who wanted to see him pitch and he needed me to catch his bullpen,” Tromp a bisa. “In my mind I was just going to catch his bullpen, I wasn’t worried about anything else because I already had a scholarship. The scout told me he really liked the way I received the ball and said they were going to come the next weekend to watch me play. I ended up playing well and they signed me.”

“It’s funny how it all worked out. All those years of trying to get signed, and the one time I wasn’t trying to it actually happened.”

Desde cu e la firma cu e organisacion di Reds na 2013, Tromp a cana lihe den e sistema di minor league. Temporada pasa Tromp a aparece pa prome biaha na e nivel di triple A, bati di 4-2 cu un RBI den su unico wega cu Louisville Bats. Apesar di a cuminsa slow e anja aki, e catcher Arubiano a cuminsa keinta. E ultimo 10 wega , Tromp tin 9 hit – bon pa di 3 lugar den e team. Y diaranson ultimo, Tromp tawatin e mihor anochi di anja, bateando homerun pa bai ariba, den un 3 hit y 4 RBI contra e ekipo di Brevard.

Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, antes shortstop pa e ekipo di Reds awor ta den e front office, a papia di Tromp ora e la bishita durante weekend.

“He’s a very good catcher,” Larkin a declara. “I think he can be an impact player on both sides of the ball.”

Pitcher actual di Tortugas Tyler Mahle tambe ta bin di e anja di draft 2013.

“He works with the pitchers really well,” Mahle a declara di Chadwick Tromp. “He works hard and really knows the game. He’s gifted.”

Chadwick Tromp ta desea cu su talento lo hibe na Grandes Ligas un dia, unda solamente 5 otro Arubiano a jega di jega – shortstop actual pa Boston Red Sox Xander Bogaerts, antes pa Baltimore Orioles Rhadames Dijkhoff, Eugene Kingsale, Calvin Maduro y Sidney Ponson.

“Coming from a small island where the population is like 100,000, to have a chance to do that would be pretty awesome,” Tromp a bisa. “I feel proud just for getting to this point. Obviously it’s not where I want to be yet, but I’m going to keep working towards it.”

“I think I’d be the first player from Aruba to play for the Reds. That would be special.”

 

Articulo di Zach Dean, News Journal Online.

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