Don’t look now but Mariners class AA prospect SS Carlos Truinfel is finding success in the first month of what is most likely a make-or-break campaign at AA Jackson for the 21-year-old.
Thru 27 games, Truinfel has 31 hits in 106 ABs with a .292/.330/.481/.811 line. He has 3 homers and 8 RBI, nothing spectacular obviously. But he also has 9 doubles and a k/bb ratio of 16/5. I haven’t seen any games live so I can’t attest to his defense but seven errors is tied with Nate Tenbrink (who is one of the poorer defenders in the system) for the team lead. So that’s a concern even if he is getting the most chances being the SS…
That being said, though, the organization has to be encouraged by his much improved slugging percentage so far. Last year he slugged just .332 and had 12 doubles and 7 homers all year. He’s already close to surpassing both those totals after just one month.
Also, he isn’t striking out a lot so that’s good. Now, it’s early but if Truinfel can continue this play into his team’s All-Star break, he could be on his way to Tacoma and perhaps given a shot this summer in a call-up.
Right now he just needs to keep it up. Keep making good contact, using the whole field, driving the ball. If he can raise his OBP and cut down on the defensive miscues, he’ll rise on our prospect list very quickly.
All in all, it’s good to see Truinfel finding some success and when successes have been hard to find thus far in the Mariners system this year, the team will take what it can get, that’s for sure.