Jan. 7, 2013
Freshman Troy Traxler is in his first season with the Golden Gopher baseball team. A 2012 graduate of LaCresent High School, Traxler finished his high school career as a 13-time letterwinner in baseball, hockey and football. An all-state and All-America selection, Traxler also helped La Crescent to a state title. Here's Troy's bio as well as a short question/answer session with the rookie catcher.
High School: 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.
Personal: 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, Russ and Kristi, are graduates • has two older siblings, Trent and Tracy • plans to major is business marketing education.
What was your first baseball memory?
My first baseball memory included me dressing up as a Minnesota Twin. I would always dress up in my Eric Milton jersey. I would wear it around the house, to t-ball, and even around town. I was the biggest baseball fan and I always remember pretending I was a big leaguer.
Why did you choose to come to Minnesota?
I chose Minnesota because when I went on my visit all the guys seemed like a family. They all seemed really close. I also chose Minnesota because I always dreamed of becoming a Gopher. Wearing maroon and gold is a dream come true and to play baseball with a family is icing on the cake.
How was the adjustment to college after your first semester?
My adjustment to college after the first semester has been great. The classes are more challenging than high school and include a lot more reading and studying. After the first few weeks I was on a good routine and was able to balance my schooling and baseball schedule into a compact day.
What's your favorite baseball movie and quote from that movie?
My favorite baseball movie is The Rookie. My favorite quote throughout the movie is when Jack Morris comes into the locker room and walks up to his teammate and says "you know what we get to do today, we get to play baseball."
Been involved in any dugout pranks and what was it?
The best dugout prank I was involved in was when a teammate needed a ball to throw. I tossed him a ball with the leather ripped off, making it look like it was a real baseball. In reality it was only a leather cover. I threw it pretty hard, hard enough where he wasn't able to catch it from 5 feet away. The ball hit him in the chest and when he missed it he nearly had a heart attack until he finally realized the ball was soft and only a leather cover.