Alan Trejo is taking the steps up the Colorado Rockies organizational ladder, moving from Grand Junction last season to Class A Lancaster in 2018. He’s made an immediate impact with the JetHawks, earning an All-Star nod as one of eight Lancaster players honored.
Playing shortstop and third base, the 22-year-old Colorado Rockies prospect had 18 extra-base hits at the All-Star break. During a 23-game run spanning April and May, Trejo posted a .376 average and logged 20 RBI, part of the reason why he saw action in the California League extravaganza.
The numbers are solid for Trejo, who posted seven homers and 50 RBI through 82 games. They are also part of a progression that Trejo has in his mind that will lead to a career in the big leagues.
“To be completely honest, I wasn’t as surprised as others were,” Trejo said of his promotion before the season began in an exclusive interview with Rox Pile. “I think my skill set plays. I kind of saw the writing on the wall at spring training. I knew that at some point I was going to end up in Lancaster.”
The Los Angeles native and former San Diego State player is enjoying his time in Lancaster. Being near friends and family has been great, and made earning the All-Star selection even more special.
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“It was awesome. Getting to be an All-Star in the Cal League where I’m from, it was exciting for me and my family,” Trejo said. “I think I played well enough to earn that honor. I was very excited. Having a bunch of family come to the game and be able to spend some time with some big-time prospects was great. It was everything I imagined it to be. I had about 60 or 70 people in attendance for me. I had to find a whole bunch of tickets and hit up the guys who didn’t have family members coming.”
Trejo went through his first spring training with the Rockies before this season and says he learned a lot from his experience in Scottsdale. One of the biggest takeaways for him was the work ethic of Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, on and off the field.
“Showing up for my first spring training in my life, I was looking up to Story a lot,” Trejo explained. “The guy can throw the ball well, catch it, hit for power, hit for contact. He’s pretty much a five-tool player. I watched him every single day in the weight room and taking ground balls. I’m not idolizing myself to be him. I want to be better than him in every single aspect that he does. He’s a great role model to look up to. He made the All-Star team. Looking at him and the way he goes about his business, I started to look at that guy and say, ‘OK, I could be like that guy.’”
The 16th-round pick of the Rockies in the 2017 draft is also taking notes from a fellow prospect who has already made an impact in Colorado.
“I’m hungry,” Trejo said of his hopes to get to Major League Baseball. “After this spring training and seeing some of the guys that I played alongside are playing in the big leagues, like Garrett Hampson, seeing him move up, that’s a huge jump. He has the same hunger I have and he hasn’t taken anything for granted. That’s why he has been given that opportunity.”
Trejo knows there is still plenty of work ahead of him to get to where he wants to be (which, by the way, he says that his goal is to be in the big league spring training camp next spring). He also says that work may not “wow” anyone, but he can add a key element to any team.
“I’m an everyday grinder. I like to go out on the field and give it everything I have,” Trejo said. “I’m not going to dazzle you with anything spectacular. I’m going to give you consistency. I’m going to hit the ball when I need to hit the ball. I’m going to drive guys in. I’m going to be a part of a winning culture and winning team. That’s just who I am. I’m not the type of person to ‘wow’ you every single game. I take pride in helping the ball club win. Just doing whatever it takes to win a ball game, laying down a bunt, running out a hard 90 or making a tough play.”
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