Year of Records, Firsts the Theme for 2015: 20/20

In First Year of New Affiliation, Sacramento Achieves a Number of Historic Marks


The Sacramento River Cats took the field on April 7, 2015 as they opened a new season of River Cats baseball. The players ran out of the dugout in their regular home whites, but while the white jerseys with “River Cats” across the chest were the same, not much else was.

From the personnel on the field to the seats in the stands, things were different. New. For the first time in 15 seasons, the River Cats fielded a team made up of players in the San Francisco Giants organization, having become the Triple-A affiliate for the three time World Champs in the offseason. In the stands, new seating behind home plate and an all new season-ticket member area, the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club, looked out over the diamond.

These changes were made in the offseason, before any pitches were thrown at Raley Field in 2015, and would serve as a precursor to the season, setting the stage for even more River Cats’ firsts and record-breaking moments.

These week, we look back at Jarrett Parker’s chase for the 20/20 season.

Thursday, September 3

Jarrett Parker breaks decade old record, becomes first 20/20 River Cats player since 2003.


As Jarrett Parker closed in on the elusive 20/20 season, it seemed the speedy outfielder was running at almost every opportunity. Parker hit his 20th home run of the season on August 29 and just four days later, on September 3, swiped his 20th bag of 2015.

The left-hander led off the bottom of the second inning against the Reno Aces by dropping a surprise bunt for a base hit down the third base line. After a pick-off attempt by Reno’s Jhoulys Chacin, Parker broke for second on the first pitch, swiping the bag easily for his 20th steal of the year.


With the steal, Parker became the first River Cats player in over a decade to break the 20/20 mark, wrapping up his season with 23 home runs and 20 steals. The feat was last achieved by infielder Bobby Crosby. The fleet-footed Crosby recorded 24 stolen bases and slugged 22 home runs in 2003. Prior to Crosby reaching the milestone, outfielder Eric Byrnes hit 20 home runs and stole 25 bases during the 2001 campaign.

Parker was one of three players during the 2015 season to reach the 20/20 mark. He was joined by Round Rock’s Jared Hoying (23 homers, 20 stolen bases) and Nashville’s Jason Pridie (20 homers, 20 steals).

How Dinger Passes the Offseason


There’s certainly a lot going on around Raley Field even when the River Cats are away. Earlier this month, we unveiled our all new Sactown alternate jerseys, which will be worn for all Friday home games. Next was Flick-Or-Treat, our annual Halloween event, which took place this past Saturday as families came out to celebrate by trick-or-treating around the concourse before enjoying a movie on the field. And in less than a month, we’ll welcome in the Golden State Hockey Rush as we host the Biggest Show on Snow, a winter/holiday extravaganza with live professional hockey, a giant ice slide, public skating hours, and so much more.

That said, there is definitely a little more free time to be had while the team is away, and the ever-active Dinger has had to find some new ways to spend all of that energy. We take you behind the scenes into a day in the life of Dinger at the River Cats front office.

Year of Records, Firsts the Theme for 2015: 13 Straight

In First Year of New Affiliation, Sacramento Achieves a Number of Historic Marks

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The Sacramento River Cats took the field on April 7, 2015 as they opened a new season of River Cats baseball. The players ran out of the dugout in their regular home whites, but while the white jerseys with “River Cats” across the chest were the same, not much else was.

From the personnel on the field to the seating in the stands, things were different. New. For the first time in 15 seasons, the River Cats fielded a team made up of players in the San Francisco Giants organization, having become the Triple-A affiliate for the three time World Champs in the offseason. In the stands, new seating behind home plate and an all new season-ticket member area, the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club, looked out over the diamond.  

These changes were made in the offseason, before any pitches were thrown at Raley Field in 2015, but proved to be a precursor to the season to come, setting the stage for even more River Cats’ firsts and record-breaking moments.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the River Cats’ franchise-best 13-game win streak. 

Sunday, August 9 – Saturday, August 22

River Cats win 13 straight, set new franchise record.


It started somewhat inconspicuously. Clayton Blackburn was on the mound for the River Cats on that Sunday afternoon and hadn’t lost a start in almost two months; the River Cats and their fans had come to expect to win on Blackburn night. The team had dropped four straight against the Grizzlies in Fresno, though, and were looking more and more ready for their first – and last – off day of the second half. They managed to take the finale in Fresno, coming through for nine runs on 11 hits, including three home runs.

After a day off, the Cats ventured to Seattle, taking on a Rainiers team that they had already beaten seven out of 11 times. Things were no different on this trip, as the River Cats rolled through Tacoma, sweeping their northern rivals and sweeping a team on the road for the second time this season.

Suddenly, the River Cats were riding a five-game win streak, matching their longest of the season.

Coming home didn’t slow down the streaking Cats in the least, despite a season-long record that might hint otherwise. Prior to August 15, the River Cats were just 23-34 at Raley Field and hitting just over .240 as a team. A 3-2 extra-inning win over the American Southern’s first place team the Round Rock Express opened what would turn into a perfect eight-game home stand. Sacramento went on to sweep the first place Express before taking four straight from the last place New Orleans Zephyrs.


With eight straight wins at home, the River Cats found themselves winners of 13 straight, three more than the previous franchise high.

It wasn’t without its trials, of course, as any double-digit win streak is likely to be. The streak included three extra inning wins, one of which – win number 11 – went to 14 innings before ending on a Trevor Brown walk-off single. Seven of the 13 wins were by one or two runs, but seven of the wins also saw 10 or more River Cats hits.

Outfielders Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson paced the offense during the streak, hitting a combined .353 (36×102) with five home runs, 24 RBI, and 31 runs. They reached base nearly half of the time they came to plate, posting a .451 OBP over the 13 game streak. Williamson raised his batting average 44 points in that time, from .222 to .266, while Parker raised his 29 (.260 to .289).

River Cats Chat: Jarrett Parker


Jarrett Parker is a 26 year-old outfielder from Fort Beloir, VA. He was drafted by the Giants in the 2nd round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Virginia. Through five professional seasons with the Giants organization, Parker has 83 career minor league home runs and a .261 batting average (through Oct. 10, 2015). He made his major league debut with the Giants this past season, playing a total of 21 games and hitting six home runs with 14 RBI and a .347 batting average. Earlier this season, we had the chance to sit down with Jarrett and ask him a few questions…

NINE LIVES: Growing up in Virginia, did you play other sports besides baseball?

PARKER: I played soccer and football; I played right forward in soccer and wide receiver and safety in football.

NINE LIVES: What is your earliest baseball memory?

PARKER: I think it was just playing in my front yard, I’d get my buddy to come over and we’d set up in the yard…the tree would be first base, sidewalk would be the outfield, and if you’d hit it in the road it would be a home run. We would hang out and just play all day. I can’t even remember how old I was, probably 5 or 6, but that’s probably when I started really liking baseball.

NINE LIVES: While you were growing up and developing your game in the front yard, did you have a player that you looked up to?

PARKER: I always liked Ken Griffey Jr. I became an outfielder because of him and played center field in college. I was actually drafted as a center fielder, and was moved to the corners later.


NINE LIVES: What sticks out in your mind from the day you were drafted in 2010?

PARKER: I was at UVA and we were actually about to go into the Super Regionals to play Oklahoma, so I was just hanging out in my apartment with my college buddies. We were all just hangin’ out and I didn’t even know I’d been drafted but my name popped up and my buddy noticed it first and screamed. We all celebrated together, had a good time. It was fun to be around all my friends for that.

NINE LIVES: What was your biggest takeaway from the time you spent playing baseball at the University of Virginia?

PARKER: You know what, I learned so much. If it wasn’t for my experience at UVA, I don’t think I ever would have had the opportunity to play professional baseball. My coaches – the ones who are still there – they just won the National title and are just really awesome guys. You know, I kinda credit everything to them. The main thing they taught us is how to carry yourself off the field, how to be a man off the field, you know, as well as how to play the game the right way on the field. I learned a lot from them. Their helping me out was an extremely important part of my experience in college.

NINE LIVES: When did you realize that you had a chance to make a career out of playing baseball?

PARKER: Shoot, I didn’t realize that until my sophomore or junior year of college. You know, I was really skinny and lanky and goofy in high school and my first year of college. After my freshman year at UVA, I was supposed to play summer ball but instead I stayed back and just worked out. I gained like 20 pounds and got a lot stronger; I had never been that big and strong before. Then I started hitting the ball a lot differently and playing a lot differently and it gave me this confidence that I had never had before. So it was then that I started getting a clearer picture of what I might be able to do.

NINE LIVES: To this point, what is your proudest baseball accomplishment?

PARKER: Its funny, when I get the most proud, it’s when I see guys that I played with in college get to the big leagues. The memories that I had with them are so important to me and playing with all those guys, playing in the College World Series, I
love those guys. So that’s probably my proudest moment is seeing them do well in life and growing older with those guys.

NINE LIVES: What have you worked on the most in your 6RTP7823game this season, and how have you grown as a player?

PARKER: I’ve mostly been trying to get on time (with my swing). I’ve been late a lot. I think when I got called up the first time, I was late a lot, so I’ve been working on getting set-up on time and that’s been a key for me this year. Also consistency is something that I can always improve on; I think consistency is a big key for every baseball player, so I think that’s what I’ve really been working on this season.


Favorite TV Show? The Office

Favorite Baseball Movie? The Sandlot

Favorite Place You’d Visited? Europe. London, Barcelona, and Dubrovnik were probably my three favorite cities.

Favorite Athlete in a different sport? Roger Federer

Best/Worst Dressed Teammate? (A lot of guys have been calling out Jarrett as worst dressed so I asked him about it) I think they’re all just jealous of how good my style is, they don’t understand it, so they’re all just hating on my incredible style. Duvy (Adam Duvall) takes a lot of pride in being best dressed so I’ll give that to him. But worst dressed, I’ll go Browny (Trevor Brown) just because of his hair, that Rugrats haircut.

Year of Records, Firsts the Theme for 2015: The Cycle

In First Year of New Affiliation, Sacramento Achieves a Number of Historic Marks

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The Sacramento River Cats took the field on April 7, 2015 as they opened a new season of River Cats baseball. The players ran out of the dugout in their regular home whites, but while the white jerseys with “River Cats” across the chest were the same, not much else was.

From the personnel on the field to the seats in the stands, things were different. New. For the first time in 15 seasons, the River Cats fielded a team made up of players in the San Francisco Giants organization, having become the Triple-A affiliate for the three time World Champs in the offseason. In the stands, new seating behind home plate and an all new season-ticket member area, the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club, looked out over the diamond.

These changes were made in the offseason, before any pitches were thrown at Raley Field in 2015, and would serve as a precursor to the season, setting the stage for even more River Cats’ firsts and record-breaking moments.

In our first article, we look at the first ever cycle in River Cats history. 

Sunday, April 19

Adam Duvall goes 5-for-6, hits for the first cycle in River Cats history.


On a quiet Sunday afternoon in West Sacramento, Adam Duvall and the River Cats were making a whole lot of noise in Salt Lake. After taking the first two games of a four game set against the Bees (Los Angeles Angels), Duvall led the River Cats in their season-highest scoring output as they topped the Bees 15-7. Duvall, the River Cats’ third baseman and top Giants prospect, etched his name into the franchise record books by hitting for the first cycle in River Cats history.

The powerful right-handed hitter – who hit .360 with six home runs and 20 RBI in his first 20 games with the River Cats – went 5-for-6 that afternoon in Salt Lake. He doubled in his first two at bats before crushing a solo home run in the fifth inning on a shot that landed some 460 feet from home plate. He tripled in the seventh and then singled on a chopper just past the pitcher to lead off the top of the ninth.

No other Sacramento player had achieved the feat in 15 seasons of River Cats baseball. On the same day, outfielder Darren Ford came up just a single short of a cycle of his own. The fleet-footed centerfielder was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and a home run with three runs scored and two RBI on the afternoon and watched from the on deck circle as the River Cats made their final out in the top of the ninth inning.

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Duvall would go on to hit .281 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 100 games for the River Cats before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds just before the July 31 deadline in a deal to bring RHP Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants. At the time, Duvall’s 26 homers were the most in the Pacific Coast League, while his 80 RBI and 53 extra-base hits were second. He closed out his 2015 with the Reds, slugging a two-run home run in his first at bat for Cincinnati.

2015 River Cats Walk Up Music

We’ve collected each players’ walk up song from throughout the 2015 season and put them here in one place just for you. Just a heads up, some of the following songs contain explicit content.

Ehire Adrianza: “Bailalo A Lo Loco” – Jowell Y Randy
Ty Blach: “Brother” – Needtobreathe
Brett Bochy: “Sharp Dressed Man” – ZZ Top
Trevor Brown: “The Movement” – Kid Ink
Darren Ford: “My Moment” – DJ Drama ft. 2 Chainz, Meek Mill
Kevin Frandsen: “Snow (Hey Oh)” – Red hot Chili Peppers
Cody Hall: “This Is Your Night” – Amber
Brandon Hicks: “Gimme Back My Bullets” – Lynard Skynard
Braulio Lara: “Pa Gozar” – Mozart Lapara
Ryan Lollis: “Lollipop” – Lil Wayne
Steven Okert: “Good Day” by the Nappy Roots
Josh Osich: “The Fireman” – George Strait
Jarrett Parker: “Jubel” – Klingande
Juan Perez: “Vivir Mi Vida” – Marc Anthony
Clay Rapada: “Rock Star” – N.E.R.D.
Andrew Susac: “Feel Good Drag” – Anberlin
Hunter Strickland: “Southern Thounder” – Hank Williams, Jr.
Kelby Tomlinson: “Soul on Fire” – Third Day, ft. All Sons & Daughters
Nik Turley: “Wake Up” – Rage Against The Machine
Carlos Triunfel: “Mas Que Vencedor” – Tercer Cielo
Mac Williamson: “Hell & Back” – Kid Ink

Blackburn Claims ERA Title in First Triple-A Season

The Pacific Coast League has long been known as a “hitter’s league;” high altitudes and dry climates combine to create atmospheres in which baseballs jump off bats a little bit quicker and scream through the air a little bit louder and farther.

But even if the PCL is a hitter’s leablackburn-era-champgue, Clayton Blackburn didn’t seem to notice.

The Triple-A rookie posted a 2.85 ERA – the best in the Pacific Coast League – with a 10-4 record in 23 games. His 123.0 innings pitched gave him just enough (115.2 innings pitched is the minimum) to qualify, but it took until game 143 for Blackburn to solidify his place atop the league’s pitching and ERA leaders.

He entered his final start of the season with a 3.03 ERA, just 0.04 points behind league leader Carlos Pimentel (IOWA). Pimentel pitched earlier that same day, throwing five innings of one-run ball to lower his ERA from 2.99 to 2.95 and add a little more separation between the two aces. But Blackburn’s seven shutout innings against the Albuquerque Isotopes were more than enough, dropping his ERA 18 points to 2.85.

Even still, in that last start of his season, his ERA wasn’t on his mind.

“It’s not something I really looked at,” Blackburn explained of the ERA title. “You know, missing the first month of the season I didn’t really even think about it too much because you’ve got to qualify for a certain number of innings. I didn’t even know about it until I heard the Omaha announcer mention it while we were there in late August. And then again when someone mentioned it after my last start.”

The fact that Blackburn achieved the feat in his first year at Triple-A makes it even more impressive. Pitching in the PCL is no easy task (a quick look at the top ten ERAs among starters, four of which are above 4.00, is all it takes to see that) but Blackburn, who came into the league from the much more pitcher-friendly Eastern League, made the transition seem incredibly smooth.

“There’s a big jump from the Eastern League to the PCL. It’s definitely a hitter’s league and you absolutely notice it,” Clayton Blackburn 9-6 6RTP7966 Art Bannerr crophe said of making the transition from Double-A to Triple-A. “We play in places like Albuquerque and Reno and Colorado Springs and the ball just travels more.

“In Richmond (San Francisco’s Double-A affiliate), the ball just doesn’t seem to travel the same way. The air is thicker out there, for one, way more humid, so the ball doesn’t carry as well. And you can get your pitches to move more, too. But even more than that, the hitters here seem to be better, more experienced hitters. They put better swings on the ball, don’t go out of the zone as often. They really make you work to get them out.”

Blackburn did work, having to play catch up after starting the season a month late due to a sore shoulder. It was an up-and-down start for the right-hander, who went 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in his first seven starts.

“Early on, it was a lot about repeating my mechanics, making sure that everything stayed going toward home plate. That was one thing that (pitching coach) Dwight preached to me all year. My direction to home plate, staying on my pitches, and being able to repeat my mechanics. That’s what I was focused on early in the season.”

It was after those seven starts that San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain arrived in Sacramento for his first rehab assignment and Blackburn was bumped to the bullpen. He made three appearances out of the pen, throwing 6.2 innings while allowing two runs and striking out eight. When Cain wrapped up his time with the River Cats, Blackburn was plugged back into the rotation and put together an excellent second half of the season.

“I think it was just more of a coincidental thing,” Blackburn said of his success after being in the pen. “That was right when I started getting my feel back for my pitches and my mechanics were feeling more and more repeatable. I wouldn’t say there was anything specific about being in the bullpen had to do with that success. It was just a timing thing, where everything started coming together.”

In his 13 games after rejoining the rotation, Blackburn went 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA. He struck out 61 in 78.1 innings of work while walking 17. That second half of his season included a stretch where Blackburn won five straight starts and allowed just six earned runs in 30+ innings. He didn’t take a loss between May 25 and August 26 and pitched his way from a 4.23 ERA to the league’s best 2.85 to end the season.

Altogether, it makes for one of the best seasons of Blackburn’s young career, despite his first in the most notorious hitter’s league he’s ever pitched in.

But maybe being in such a hitter-friendly environment isn’t actually the blackburn at the bat_editworst of things for Blackburn. In addition to taking home the Pacific Coast League’s ERA title, he also hit .296 and slugged his first professional home run.

“Yeah, the stars kind of aligned for that one, you know. He threw a fastball down and in and I think that might have been as hard as I can hit a ball.” To Blackburn’s memory, the home run was his first since his “senior year of high school.”

First professional home run in his first season in the PCL. Coincidence?

Coincidence or not, Blackburn’s pitching lines don’t lie, and the right-hander jumped into Triple-A and the PCL with barely a hitch. Now, with a clean bill of health, it’s time to rest before gearing up for next season.

“I’m going into the offseason completely healthy and that’s something I want to build on. After dealing with some injuries last offseason, it’ll just be good to be home for a bit before we ramp back up again. I’ll definitely be looking to take this past season and my health into next year.”

River Cats Chat: Ty Blach

Blach TyTy Blach is a is 24-year-old Denver native. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 June Amateur Draft out of Creighton University by the San Francisco Giants. Blach is in his first season at Triple-A and has posted a 9-8 record with a 4.00 ERA through 20 starts this season for the River Cats. He is currently second in the Pacific Coast League in innings pitched (123 2/3) and his nine wins are tied for second most in the league.

We had a chance to sit down with Ty earlier in the season and ask him a few questions…

NINE LIVES: Let’s get right to it, Ty…tell us something about yourself that the fans may not know?

BLACH: I’m really just a down to earth kind of guy, but something people may not know is that I absolutely love spending time outdoors, in the mountains, especially.

My family has a ranch back home in Colorado, so I grew up spending all my time working outside and just exploring the mountains nearby.

NINE LIVES: Have you ever gotten into rock climbing?

BLACH: No no, nothing quite like that! (Laughing) I was always sort of injury prone as a kid. I broke both my femurs, my tibia and fibula…I try to stay away from the dangerous stuff now.

NINE LIVES: We imagine then that your perfect day would include something outdoor-sy. Can you tell us what that day looks like?

BLACH: Sure. It probably involves hanging out with my family to get started. I love being able to spend time with my Mom, Dad, and sister. Maybe go for a walk or a hike or something. If it’s Sunday, I always like to be able to catch church in the morning and then hopefully enjoy some Sunday Night Baseball on TV. That’s always a treat, when you’re able to spending time with the family and watch some baseball.

NINE LIVES: Speaking of baseball, what do you recall as your earliest baseball memory?

BLACH: You know, one of my very first memories would be Opening Day, 1993 at Mile High Stadium. It was the Rockies first ever home game. I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and I remember sitting down the right field line.

I just remember being there at the stadium, really. I don’t really remember anything that happened at the game but I have this picture in my head of being there at the park. So that’s one of my earliest, if not the earliest. And also, just growing up I always had a ball or a bat in my hand.

Ty-Blach-CreightonNINE LIVES: Did you pitch right away when you started playing baseball or did you play other positions?

BLACH: I actually played a lot of different positions before I started pitching. I started out playing shortstop and then moved over to first base and played some outfield.

I moved to pitcher as soon as we started kid-pitch but I was never really good at pitching until I got a little older. By the time I got to college though, pitching was what I did.

NINE LIVES: At what point did you realize that you could make a career out of playing baseball?

BLACH: You know, from day one I always said I wanted to be a professional baseball player, that’s all I ever really wanted to do. But as you grow up and you go from level to level you kind of adapt to that new level of play and the speed of the game and I kept adjusting and finding ways to have success at each level.

I think that is the key to being able to continue to move on in this game, always adjusting and learning and growing as a ballplayer.

NINE LIVES: What player did you look up to as a kid?

BLACH: My favorite player when I was little was Andres Galarraga, The Big Cat!

He was always my favorite player, and I had his posters in my room and all his cards, baseballs, autographs, and that kind of thing. He was always my idol growing up, and I loved watching him play as a kid and hit as many home runs as he did.

NINE LIVES: What is your favorite and least favorite part of the minor league season?

BLACH: I think my favorite part has to be being able to play a game for a living every single day, you know. I’m getting to do what I love to do, so you can’t complain about that one bit. Not to mention the fact that you’re traveling all across the country getting to see new parts of the world. The hardest part I would say is just not being around your friends and family as much, but I’m fortunate that I’m able to have them come visit and see me play.


Favorite TV Show? The Blacklist

Favorite baseball Movie? The Rookie

Hidden Talent? I can play the piano a little bit

Baseball Superstitions? Not really. I definitely have routines as a starting pitcher, getting a good breakfast and enough sleep, and just listening to your body. Nothing though that I’d say is “superstitious.”

Favorite Athlete in a different sport? Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls (Classmate at Creighton University)

Place you most want to visit? Rome, Italy

Person you most want to meet? Pope Francis

Broadway & His Bow

How do you unwind? Do you like to relax by the pool, maybe read a good book, or go see a movie? All great options. But how does River Cats bullpen stud Mike Broadway unwind after his season is over?

He goes bow hunting!

And in the same way that Mike puts in hours of work to keep his arm strong and mechanics sound, he hones his skills with the bow, even if it’s mid-season. I caught up with Mike before a home game at Raley Field recently; he had just gotten a new target and he was eager to punch some holes in it! We set up along the left field line and got some work in…


Bow hunting may not be for everyone, but this is certainly one more reason why you should not mess with Mike Broadway on or off the field.

River Cats Chat: Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown is 23 years old and hails from Newhall, CA. He was drafted in the 10th round of the 2012 June Amateur Draft out of UCLA by the San Francisco Giants. Brown makes up half of the River Cats catcher tandem, and is hitting .293 in 42 games with Sacramento so far this season (through July 16). We were able to catch up with Trevor and ask him a few questions…

NINE LIVES: Hey Trevor, how have you enjoyed playing in Sacramento?

TREVOR: It’s been great! Its a nice place and I’ve really enjoyed the fan support so far this season. I look forward to exploring more of the area.

NINE LIVES: What would you say your earliest baseball memory is?

TREVOR: My earliest baseball memory is from when I was twelve years old. We did the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament in New York.

I think there were one hundred and something teams there? It was a week-long tournament, and I actually pitched the final game on the last day. The game started at 1:00 am and was our fifth game of the day and it was pouring rain, but we ended up winning the whole thing, which was really pretty awesome.

NINE LIVES: Growing up, did you play any sports other than baseball?

TREVOR: I did, I played football. I played pop-warner football growing up all the way to high school, and then once I got to high school I started focusing just on baseball. I was a quarterback.

I also played a lot of golf, and wanted to play in high school, but golf and baseball are both Spring sports, so I wasn’t able to do that.

NINE LIVES: What player did you look up to the most when you were a kid?

TREVOR: Well, I was actually an infielder growing up, pretty much until my senior year in high school when I started catching. So, I definitely looked up to Jeter, Garciapara, those top-tier shortstops were the guys I looked up too.

Trevor Brown at UCLA (via

Trevor Brown at UCLA (via

NINE LIVES: I know you played all over the field in college at UCLA, how’d you land on catcher?

TREVOR: Yeah, I played pretty much wherever they needed me. I played mostly shortstop and third in high school and I didn’t actually start catching until just before college. I liked being in the action throughout the game from behind the plate. The coaches at UCLA, especially John Savage, put a lot of responsibility on the catchers to call pitches and control the game. I liked that responsibility and it challenged me to work on that going into pro ball.

NINE LIVES: What is you pregame preparation as a catcher coming into a game or a series?

TREVOR: Definitely talking to the coaches and getting a scouting report. I also get together with the pitchers and go over their thoughts and put together a game plan on how to attack the hitters. It’s important to know you pitchers, too, and put something together something that takes advantages of their strengths.

There’s also the everyday blocking and throwing drills, just things to help stay sharp mechanically.

NINE LIVES: Through your time in professional baseball with all the travel, is there a favorite city of yours?

TREVOR: Probably Salt Lake. I played there in college and again now, and I just love the scenery there. The big snowy mountains are basically your backdrop. Knowing I was going to get to go back there this year, I was pumped because I remembered it from college.

NINE LIVES: What kind of memories jump out from the day you were drafted?brown_hit3

TREVOR: Oh, so much stress (laughs). I remember talking to lot of scouts that day and the day before hand. I actually didn’t get to catch as much as I wanted to my junior year because we were low on infielders, and I knew that kind of worked against my being drafted higher. I played a lot of first base and I’m not a big power guy, so that made it difficult to judge where I might go in the draft.

I was really just excited to get drafted, and was telling scouts that wherever they took me, I’d be happy to take it. I heard a lot of “Round Five through Eight” and when it wasn’t then I was kind of like, “Oh, man” and didn’t know if I was even going to get drafted.

When it did happen though, we (UCLA) were still in the playoffs so we were out practicing and a lot of the guys came running out of the clubhouse, all yelling at me that I was drafted in the tenth by the Giants.

NINE LIVES: When did you first realize that you might be able to make a career out of playing baseball?

TREVOR: I think a lot of us here just kind of grew up as the standout kids in their little leagues, and it’s always something you kind of think about. But my initial goal was just to be able to use baseball to go to college. And UCLA was the only place I was really getting looks at for anything other than pitching, and I really wanted to catch, so I was excited to jump on board with them right away.


Favorite TV Show? Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy. Jon Snow is my boy, for sure, on that one.

Favorite Baseball Movie? Can’t go wrong with Sandlot.

Favorite Athlete in a different sport? I was a big Steelers fan as a kid, and growing up I really liked Jerome Bettis.

Place you most want to visit? I actually have a trip planned for Europe. I’ll be going there for a month this offseason and try to hit as many places as I can. London, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, a bunch of other places too.

Best Dressed Teammate? I’d probably say Duvie (Adam Duvall). Especially going through the airport, Duvie always looks really good.

…and Worst? I’d have to go with Jarrett Parker. Definitely have to go with him.


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