UC Santa Barbara shortstop Brandon Trinkwon, who finished his sophomore season leading the Big West with a .460 on-base percentage, is one of several current and former Gauchos who has been enjoying a great deal of success on the diamond this summer.
Trinkwon was named an All-Star starter in the illustrious Cape Cod League and is currently fifth in the entire league in batting average at .348. The Tustin, Calif. native is believed to be the first Gaucho to ever be named a Cape Cod League All-Star starter. Playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, Trinkwon has five home runs and 26 RBI in the team's first 28 games. The Cape Cod League game is on Saturday, July 28 and will be featured live by clicking here.
Several of Trinkwon's former UCSB teammates have also been tearing up their respective fields of play this summer. The most recent Gaucho draft class has seen Matthew Vedo pick up a couple of saves and strike out eight batters in his first six games while pitching for the Everett Aqua Sox in the Seattle Mariners organization. Zak Edgington, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants, has a 2.25 ERA in his first eight games for the organization's Rookie League team.
Lance Roenicke has been promoted to Class A in the Milwaukee organization after hitting .538 in Rookie League and is batting .343 for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Tenth-round draft pick Brett Vertigan is batting .275 with eight extra-base hits in 28 games for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Other recent Gauchos, Mark Haddow, Connor Whalen and Jesse Meaux are also doing well.
Haddow is batting .317 with a .400 on-base percentage for the Chicago White Sox's Class A Kannapolis Intimidators. Whalen, with the Helena Brewers, and Meaux with Colorado's Grand Junction Rockies, are both doing well as closers for their respective Pioneer League teams.
Major League players Michael Young, Skip Schumaker and Barry Zito find their teams, the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants, respectively, in pennant races and both are playing very well. Schumaker is hitting .314 on the season – including .360 in his last 10 games – while Young is batting .271 for the first-place Rangers. Zito is 8-6 with a 3.75 ERA for the first-place Giants.
On the cusp of joining the Rangers is Ryan Spilborghs, who was traded from Cleveland to the Texas organization, as he is hitting .310 with five homers and 33 RBI for the Class AAA Round Rock Rangers.
UCSB is also well-represented in Class AA as Joe Gardner, Ryan Cavan, Mike Zuanich, Mario Hollands and Zach Samuels are all playing there.
To keep up with all the Gauchos after their UCSB days, visit our Gauchos in the Pros page by clicking here.