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Catcher Chadwick Tromp claimed by Atlanta Braves

SAN FRANCISCO, California / SACRAMENTO, California / ATLANTA, Georgia / LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia (USA) - Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp will continue his professional career with Atlanta Braves. On Monday (September 21), Atlanta clamed Tromp 'off waivers' after he was 'designated for assignment' on Saturday by San Francisco Giants. After he was picked up by Atlanta, he was asisgned to Gwinnett Stripers, the club's Triple-A team.

...Chadwick Tromp during Spring Training...
..with San Francisco Giants...
(© Photo: Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)
Last Saturday, the 26-year old Tromp was 'designated for assignment' by the Giants after lefthanded pitcher Alex Wood was activated from the injured list. Wood was placed on this list after being tested positive for COVID-19 on August 31. To make room for Wood on the 40-man roster, Tromp was designated for assignment (DFA).

Designated for assignment is a contractual term. A player who is designated for assignment is immediately removed from the team's 40-man roster, after which the team must, within seven days of the date of designation, return the player to the 40-man roster, place the player on waivers, trade the player, release the player, or outright the player from the 40-man roster to the Minor League. When a team claims a player 'off waivers', that team must assume the player's existing contract and also has to place the player on its active 40-man Major League-roster.

This season, Tromp played in 55 games for Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A team of San Francisco Giants. He batted .224 (43-for-192) with twelve doubles and six homeruns. Tromp scored 23 runs and batted in 24.

The catcher was recalled to the Major League-team four times this season, most recent in late August. Two of those stays lasted only two days. His most recent stay in the Major League came on August 26 when Tromp was recalled to join San Francisco Giants when regular catcher Buster Posey was injured. The same day, he briefly played for the team, but the next day, he returned to the Triple-A team. In total, Tromp played in nine Major League-games for San Francisco this season, hitting .222 (4-for-18) with one homerun. He scored one run and batted in two.

Last year, Tromp made his Major League-debut and then played in 24 games for San Francisco, hitting .213 (13-for-61) with four homeruns, 11 runs scored and 10 runs batted in.

At Gwinnett Stripers, Tromp will be one of the three catchers on the current roster of the team. The others are Jeff Mathis and Jonathan Morales. When Tromp was added to the roster of Gwinnett, catcher Carlos Martinez was assigned to Mississippi Braves (Double-A). Earlier in September, catcher William Contreras was recalled from Gwinnett to the Major League-team of Atlanta when Stephen Vogt was placed on the injured list with a right hip injury. At Atlanta, Contreras joined regular catcher Travis d'Arnaud. In case Tromp would be recalled to the Major League-team, he will become a teammate of Ozzie Albies. The Curaçao-born second baseman also played for Gwinnett in 2016-2017, before being recalled to the Majors in the 2017 season.

With Gwinnett, Tromp now will play in the Triple-A Final Stretch, a new addition to this years postseason. The Final Stretch is a series of ten games that were re-scheduled in July after they were postponed at the start of the season due to measures against the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). These games were added at the end of the regular season (120 games), which ended last weekend, and will be played in a tournament format which got the name 'Triple-A Final Stretch'. In the Final Stretch, all 30 teams will play five games at home and five away. After completion of the regular season in Triple-A, the teams with the best record were crowned as champion in both the Triple-A East and Triple-A West, as there are no Play-Offs of Championship Series this season. The winner of the Triple-A Final Stretch will win a prize that is awarded by Major League Baseball.

Starting on Wednesday-evening (September 22), Tromp and Gwinnett Stripers will play a 5-game series at Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays), which won the Championship-title in the Triple-A East. Gwinnett finished in sixth place with a 68-51 record. In the second week of the Triple-A Final Stretch, Gwinnett will play a 5-game series at home against Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins).

Chadwick Tromp plays professionally since 2013. In May of that year, he was signed by Cincinnati Reds at age 18. Since the 2013 season, the catcher played in all Minor League-levels (Rookie League, Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A) in the Reds-organization. After having played seven seasons in the Minors for Cincinnati, Tromp was a Free Agent at the end of the 2019 season. In January 2020, he was then signed by San Francisco Giants and was assigned to its Triple-A team. However, the entire 2020 Minor League-season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the regular season in the Major League went underway in July, Tromp was one of the players at the so-called Alternate Training Site. There, Minor League-players continued to practice and play intersquad-games to be ready to play for the Major League-team when needed. On July 28 last year, Tromp was recalled. The next day, he made his Major League-debut.

In 2016, Tromp made his debut in the Netherlands National Baseball Team. After making his debut in an exhibition game against France, Tromp played in three games for the Orange-squad during the European Championship in Hoofddorp (Netherlands). During the Championship, he played in his first game against Russia and then homered in his first at bat.

In 2017, Tromp was a member of the preliminary roster of the Netherlands Team for the World Baseball Classic, playing for the squad during preparations in Arizona (USA) and South Korea. Tromp was not on the final roster for the WBC, but stayed with the team as a bullpen-catcher. The Netherlands qualified for the Semi-Final, which was played in Los Angeles (USA). After completion of the Second Round, a change on the Orange-roster was made due to an injury to short stop Didi Gregorius. He was replaced on the active WBC-roster by Tromp, but he didn't play in the Semi-Final against Puerto Rico.

(September 22)

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