Position: Right Handed Pitcher Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Born: 11/29/1985 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Trahern enjoyed an exceptional senior season at Owasso High School in Oklahoma, splitting time as his staff ace and as the starting shortstop. Dallas knocked 13 homeruns and 54 RBI in 37 games, all while remaining undefeated (11-0) on the hill with a 1.37 ERA. All this combined, helped lead his high school squad to back-to-back state championships. After completing his outstanding high school career, Trahern was set to tackle the D-I ranks with his hometown Oklahoma Sooners. Trahern's commitment to OU was so strong, most teams passed on him in the draft, but the Tigers took a gamble, hoping the firing of the Sooner pitching coach may sway his decision. As it turned out, the Tigers were right, and Trahern signed with the team, giving Detroit an unexpected high round talent in the 34th round. Dallas made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League, overmatching his competition. Trahern finished 2004 with a 0.59 ERA over 6 starts (30+ innings), posting only 7 walks and 24 strikeouts. After his exceptional tour through the GCL, the Tigers felt Trahern was ready for the rigors of full-season ball. Playing for West Michigan in 2005, Trahern helped anchor the staff as one of the youngest starters in the Midwest League, posting a 3.58 ERA in 156 innings.
Dallas' long, lanky frame is ideal for future growth and continued development, hopefully adding more strength and increased velocity as he matures. His 6-foot-3 frame is considered very projectable and provides great promise for his future. Trahern combines average, low-90s velocity with progressing breaking pitches, and good control for a young pitcher. Dallas' fastball has outstanding late sink that naturally induces groundballs and keeps the ball in the park. His strikeout rates plummeted with the ‘Caps, and he must miss more bats if his success is to continue. His control is very advanced for such a young pitcher, and he must use this to his advantage in setting up and finishing hitters himself. A highly athletic pitcher, Trahern uses a smooth, repeatable delivery and good composure to remain effective during tough situations. He pitches older than his birth date, acting like a veteran at all times. With continued growth, and possible added velocity, Trahern could become a dominating mound presence and could move quickly through the organization.
Performance Level Team W-L ERA G GS SV SO BB IP WHIP A
Dallas has been healthy and pain free so far in his career, and the Tigers have been vigilant to keep his pitch counts low, protecting his young arm.
After posting good numbers for West Michigan last season, it's nearly a lock that he heads on to Lakeland for his next challenge. Trahern took the organizational edict of "pitching to contact" to heart in 2005, and must get back to trying to get hitters out himself if he is to continue his success. Trahern continues to become stronger and increase his stamina now that he is part of a professional training regimen, and continued participation should result in added velocity as he matures. If Trahern resurrects his strikeout rates to even mediocre levels in 2006, his success should continue, but if he continues to rely almost entirely on his defense, he could be in for a long season.
Mark Anderson covers the Tigers' minor league system and all of minor league baseball for TigsTown.com. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.