Dan Trumble: Living the Dream

Dan Trumble, outfielder for the San Jose Giants, is living his dreams, playing in his boyhood team's farm system. This has been a breakout season for him as he has hit well this year and better than he has since rookie league four seasons ago, which earned him a trip to the All-Star Game in the California League this season.

Dan Trumble has just finished his fourth full season with the San Francisco Giants organization, having hit well this season for the High-A San Jose Giants. In 334 at bats, Dan had 17 homers, scored 56 runs, drove in 48 RBIs, and ended with the batting line of .240/.347/.452/.799. This batting line was good for a park that was rated by Baseball Prospectus as a strong pitcher's park for the California League. He showed good patience and high power this season.

Do You Believe in Fate?
It has been a long journey, from his birth in Idaho to a junior college in Colorado, to playing at USF, to where he is today. And this outfielder is one of the few to live his dreams even more than most ballplayers: he's with his boyhood team. "My favorite team growing up was the Giants. I idolized Will Clark because of his abilities," said Trumble. And there was no doubts after being drafted by the Giants: "Being drafted by my favoritate team was an honor. Once I was drafted by the Giants I knew I would immediately sign."

The thrill of playing in the farm system of his favorite team was made all the sweeter this year when he was selected to represent the San Jose Giants at the California League All-Star Game. "I was excited to represent my team," Dan noted, "the San Jose Giants as well as my organization. The whole experience was enjoyable and fulfilling." He felt that being selected to the All-Star Game was his high point thus far in his career.

His Recipe for Success
Dan's success is equal parts self determination and coaching. Dan said, "I have to credit my success to all the hard work I have done, as well as my coaches who have helped me." He further added, "I had a lot of quality coaches along the way, but the ones in the Giants system have been tremendous." He also gave this advice to anyone out there looking to fulfill their baseball dreams: "If baseball is truly what you really want to do, then give it your all. That way no matter what happens, you will have no regrets.

With a breakthrough season - the aforementioned 17 home runs, on-base percentage of .347, and OPS of .799 - he is experiencing success this season. The 17 home runs ranked 11th highest season total in the California League for the just concluded season and his home run frequency ranked third highest of all batters qualified for leadership with enough plate appearances. His slugging percentage is ranked 20th out of the 63 hitters qualified for league leadership.

California Dreaming
Only 24 years old, Dan Trumble is living the dreams of his youth/boyhood. He is playing in his favorite team's farm system. Manning the outfield, he played well enough this season to be chosen to the All Star Game in the High Class A California League. He was among the leaders of the league in a number of power and hitting categories and he got on base at a good rate as well. Dan Trumble is poised for more success - hopefully 2004 is but a springboard towards playing for the team that his baseball idol, Will Clark, played for, the San Francisco Giants.

Martin Lee writes 'A Biased Giant's Fanatic's View' for SFDugout.com when the mood and muse strikes him. He wants to teach and share his love of baseball and, in particular, his love for theSan Francisco Giants. He will believe to his dying days that Bobby Bonds was robbed of being the first 40-40 player and should be in Cooperstown. Please feel free to e-mail him at BiasedGiantsFanatic@nospam.yahoo.com (remove the "nospam." if you wish to e-mail me) if you have a question or comment.

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