Experience highlights groups of outfielders and catchers heading into the 2016 campaign
Redshirt junior made 32 appearances in the field for the Gophers last season
Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Northwoods League regular season comes to a close for Gophers
A look at how current, former and future Gophers are performing during the summer.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Saw pinch-hit appearances versus Utah Valley (2/20) and Utah (2/21) • earned start as designated hitter at Campbell (2/28) • hit a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning at Seattle U (3/11) • went 4-for-4 with three runs, three RBI, a double and hit his first career home run (a two-run blast) at Utah Valley (3/18-3/20) • laced a pinch-hit single against Augsburg (3/22) • started as the designated hitter, notched a single and later scored a run in the series-clinching win at No. 23 Missouri State (3/26) • recorded back-to-back games with pinch-hit singles versus Saint Mary's (3/30) and Iowa (4/3) • scored as a pinch-runner against Northern Illinois (4/6) • appeared in the outfield against North Dakota State (4/19) and as a pinch-hitter at Northwestern (4/23) • secured a season-best three RBI in a start at North Dakota State (4/26) • saw action in the outfield in wins at Illinois (5/1) and versus Kansas (5/4).
Played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League • appeared in 11 games and hit .310, which was the third-highest mark on the team • slugged at a .357 clip and held an on-base percentage of .370 • recorded 13 hits, including a pair of doubles • scored six runs and plated five.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 24 games in the outfield and as designated hitter • batted .156 with two runs and an RBI in 32 at-bats • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Had one run and one RBI at Creighton (3/8) • went 1-for-3 against James Madison (3/13) • scored a run vs. Penn State (4/17) • 1-for-1 against Kansas State (4/29) • collected two hits in the UC Irvine series (5/1-5/3).
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Hit .310 in 58 at-bats • had a .765 on-base + slugging percentage • made starts at DH, left field and catcher • tied for third on the team with a hitting streak of eight games (4/6-26) • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Had first career two-RBI game in a win over Coastal Carolina (3/8) • Hit 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI at St. Mary's (3/19) • hit an RBI double and walked in the series finale at Michigan (4/6) • had another RBI double three days later in a loss to South Dakota State (4/9) • in a start as designated hitter, drove in a run against Iowa (4/19) • had a pinch hit against Penn State (4/26) • was 2-for-2 with two runs and a double against Purdue (5/9).
Redshirted the season.
Graduated from La Cresent High School in 2012 • named an All-State selection both his senior and junior years • held a single-season .495 batting average, 22 runs batted in, two home runs in 99 at bats and stole 35 bases • Under-Armor Preseason All-American as a junior • Winona Daily News Player of the Year as a junior when he hit .457 with 43 hits and scored 40 runs in 29 games • LaCresent's career leader, with 30 stolen bases as a freshman, 33 as a sophomore, and 25 as a junior • four-time all-conference selection • helped lead La Crescent baseball to a Class AA state championship (2009), a state runner-up and three state appearances • finished his high school career as a 13-time letterwinner (four in baseball, four in hockey and five in football) • also all-conference selections in both football and hockey and played for the La Crescent Legion Team • also on the football all-state academic team.
Business and Marketing Education major • born September 18, 1993 • son of Russ and Kristi Traxler • is the third member of the family to attend the University of Minnesota as his parents are graduates • has two older siblings, Trent and Tracy.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.
Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State