MLB Future Watch: Chadwick Tromp Baseball Cards, Atlanta Braves – Chadwick Tromp was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent in 2013. This power hitting catcher thought he had a home and started hitting right away.
In 2014, while playing for the Class-A Dayton Dragons this catcher hit three home runs with 13 RBI and a .311 batting average in 103 at-bats.
In 2015, he hit .293 with Dayton and got to play a game for AAA Louisville. It seemed like he was on the fast track.
Then Tromp went on a sojourn, as happens to prospects sometimes, especially for catchers where there are a limited number of jobs. By 2018, he was still in AAA Louisville. The power numbers weren’t there, and his average had dropped.
In 2019, he hit seven home runs with 21 RBI just 26 games in Louisville. Things were looking up again for this well-traveled prospect. At the end of this season, the backstop elected for free agency.
He didn’t sit on the market for long. The San Francisco Giants came calling. They may have done it knowing that Buster Posey wasn’t going to play forever.
In 2020, Tromp was playing at the Giants Alternate Training Site. That’s how you know he was a well thought of prospect. He eventually got his call to the big leagues, and he did well. In 24 games, he hit four home runs with 10 RBI. One was a 445-foot bomb.
In 2021, he was sent to AAA Sacramento to see if that stint in the majors helped. It did. In 60 games, he hit 12 doubles, six home runs driving in 24. The Giants gave him another short call-up. He only got 18 at-bats in nine games hitting one home run. To be fair, Posey was on fire.
Inexplicably, the Giants waived Tromp, and the Braves claimed him. At 26, he may have found a home. Catchers go through this sometimes, but this guy has talent and just needs a chance. He could be a diamond in the rough.
One card to get is his 2021 Topps Chrome Autographed Rookie. It shows him in his Giants gear throwing the ball back to the mound.
Another cool card is Tromp’s 2021 Topps Heritage High Number Rookie. He has a good power pose to go along with that 1972 style that I love.
His 2021 Topps Rainbow Foil Rookie card shows him looking up to the heavens.
MLB Future Watch: Chadwick Tromp Baseball Cards, Atlanta Braves – Stats