Dallas Trahern

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dallas Trahern is a pitcher in the Florida Marlins system.

Trahern was a second-team high school All-American utility player according to Baseball America in 2004, going 11-0 with a 1.37 ERA and hitting .450 with 13 homers in 111 AB. He was picked in the 34th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers and signed by scout Steve Taylor. Trahern had been headed to the University of Oklahoma, but when UO pitching coach Ray Hayward was let go, he changed his mind. Debuting with the GCL Tigers, he was 1-2 in 7 games with a 0.59 ERA (he allowed six unearned runs to two earned runs). On August 4, he combined with Orlando Perdomo on a no-hitter of the GCL Braves.

In 2005, Trahern had a 7-11, 3.58 record for the West Michigan Whitecaps. He was 8th in the Midwest League in ERA, right behind Jair Jurrjens, and tied for third in losses. Baseball America rated him as having the best slider in the Tigers organization.

Trahern again had a rough record despite a good ERA the next year - he went 6-11 with a 3.30 ERA for the Lakeland Tigers. He led the Florida State League in complete games (4), tied Mark Holliman for the lead in hit batters (14), was second in losses and 4th in ERA. Baseball America ranked him as Detroit's 8th-best prospect.

In 2007, Trahern was 12-6 with a 3.87 ERA for the Erie SeaWolves as his record improved despite a worse ERA. He won his only game for the Toledo Mud Hens, allowing 2 runs in 6 1/3 IP in his AAA debut. He tied Alan Horne and Luis Muñoz for 4th in the Eastern League in ERA, was second to Kyle Yates in hits allowed (177), led in innings pitched (162 2/3) and tied Dewon Brazelton for the most complete games (3).

Trahern joined Team USA that winter. In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, he made one appearance, allowing one unearned run in four innings in a win against the Spanish national team despite allowing eight baserunners. He got a no-decision and did not appear again as the US won its first Baseball World Cup Gold Medal in over 30 years.

Only a few weeks after the World Cup appearance, Trahern was traded with Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Eulogio De La Cruz, Mike Rabelo and Burke Badenhop to the Florida Marlins for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

Sources: 2007 Tigers Media Guide, MILB.com, IBAF site