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Trent Oeltjen ...

We're very proud to be able to name Trent as the patron of Holiday Little League in Hills. Our six teams have been named for clubs that he's played for to date in his professional career, as a mark of honour for his contribution to Hills Juniors.
 
He started his baseball career at Winston Hills playing teeball, Having an American father perhaps guided him toward baseball at the expense of other sports that are more popular here. He was dubbed "The Doc" at a very tender age for his clinical approach to hitting:- something that still defines his approach to the sport.

He signed with Minnesota in 2001, aged 18, and has since done the hard yards that brought him to the the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation in 2008.

In 2009, he again signed with the Diamondbacks, playing in their new AAA franchise in Reno (the "Aces").

In December 2008, Baseball NSW announced its all-time All-Star Claxton Shield team, with eligible players considered throughout the history of the national tournament, dating back to 1934. Trent was named as our All-Star right-fielder, joining fellow-Hills player Grant Balfour (RHP) on that prestigious list. Both made the cut from an initial list of over 300 players.

And then came the call ...

In August 2009, the Arizona Diamondbacks purchased his contract from Reno. Trent was now a Major Leaguer, the 27th from Australia to make "The Show".

After making his Major League debut with Arizona, Trent signed with Milwaukee for the 2010 season:- a Minor League deal but with an invitation to Spring Training with the big club.

In July 2010, he exercised an option that released him from the Brewers, and moved to the LA Dodgers organisation for the remainder of the 2010 season.

All through his years in professional baseball, Trent has returned home in the US off-season and given his time to development of Hills Junior players. We have dozens of kids who know his name and face, and who've all gained some benefit from his instruction in our clinics and holiday camps.

Our Holiday Little League teams have been named for Trent's career to date ...

GCL Twins, Rookie League, 2001
Elizabethton Twins, Rookie League: 2001 - 2002
Quad City River Bandits, Class A: 2002 - 2003
Fort Myers Miracle, High A: 2004 - 2005
New Britain Rock Cats, AA: 2006

Rochester Red Wings, AAA: 2007

2008. Trent signed with Arizona, which made him a player with their AAA affiliate (The Sidewinders)
2009: Arizona replaced the Tucson Sidewinders with the Reno Aces as their AAA affiliate, playing out of a fabulous new $50M stadium in downtown Reno. Trent re-signed with them in November 2008.
As of August 2009, Trent became a Major League player, after his contract was purchased from the Aces by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
2010: Worst case, Trent will play fulltime with Nashville Sounds in Herschel Greer Stadium:- the AAA affiliate of Milwaukee this year. Best case, he will impress somebody in Spring Training, and make the 25-man roster for the Brewers.
2010: Having exercised an out clause in his contract with the Brewers on July 1st, Trent moved to the Albuquerque Isotopes and hit .347 in 49 games for them, before moving to the Dodgers.
2010: On September 7th, Trent was called up to the LA Dodgers Major League roster, playing in 14 games before they were eliminated from World Series contention. He re-signed a Minor League contract with LA in December.

Trent at the 2010 Finals, Saturday the 23rd ...
 

Photographs courtesy of and Shari Robinson.

 
 
 

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