Alan Trejo entered Friday night with zero games and zero plate appearances under his belt through the first six games of 2022.
In his second at-bat of the game – and of the year – he drove a 2-2 splitter from Cubs’ starter Marcus Stroman into the left field bleachers for his second career home run, a go-ahead three-run blast that traveled 437 ft to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead.
The 25-year-old infielder spent time last year being shuttled back and forth the I-25 corridor between Denver and Triple-A Albuquerque en route to his first big league season.
He managed 50 plate appearances over 28 games in 2021 and notched just one home run and three runs batted in. Trejo matched that total with one swing of the bat during Colorado’s 6-5 victory over Chicago.
“This chain is awesome,” the San Diego State alum said of the MVP chain hanging in his locker. “Something I’ve always wanted ever since last year.”
When he wasn’t waiting for his opportunity on the Rockies bench, Trejo was producing with the Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League. In only 90 games, he managed to slug 17 home runs and drive in 72 runs, both career highs as a professional despite the partial season.
In talking with Trejo during before the season about his preparation heading into 2022, not to mention the change in clubhouse dynamics, we begin to learn exactly why the power that appeared on Friday night was no fluke.