He may not be known by many Cincinnati Reds fans, but Aruban Chadwick Tromp drove in the winning (walk off) run for the Reds vs the Chicago White Sox in yesterday’s Cactus League game.
The (almost) 23-year old Aruban, is in his fifth professional season. Last year he was promoted to AA Pensacola, where he spent a part of the season, hitting .204 with ten RBI and four doubles for the Blue Wahoos (Southern League). Before he was promoted to AA, Chadwick spent 33 games with the Daytona Tortugas of the Florida State League (A-Advanced), where his numbers were considerably better with a .311 BA, 24 RBI, a home run and nine doubles.
Through the 2017 season, Chadwick committed only three errors, posting a combined .992 fielding percentage.
So far this Spring Training, Chadwick has made three appearances. Yesterday, Chadwick did not hesitate as he saw the first pitch and lined it into left field to drive in Alex Blandino from third base for the walk-off run that put a final score of 8-7 on the board. This was his first RBI during a Spring Training game. In 2016, Chadwick appeared in one game, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.
Last night, Chadwick entered the game in the top of the ninth inning as replacement for catcher Stuart Turner. Chadwick managed to tag out Casey Gillaspie, who raced home from second base on a line drive single to center fielder Patrick Kivlehan, who fired the ball towards home plate where Chadwick was waiting for Gillaspie.
Taking his batting average at AA into consideration, it may very well be the Reds will send Chadwick to the Blue Wahoos again, just to mature.