Oeltjen finally gets the call
Some stories and some people just make you smile.
Trent Oeltjen qualifies on both counts.
The D-backs selected the outfielder’s contract from Triple-A Reno to take Justin Upton’s spot on the roster. It has been a long journey.
It took almost nine years, 872 games and 3,340 plate appearances for Oeltjen to finally reach his dream and his joy was evident when he entered the Arizona clubhouse Thursday afternoon wearing white dress shoes and a huge grin on his face.
“It’s unbelievable,” Oeltjen said. “It’s something you dream about.”
At 26, Oeltjen has played in a pair of World Baseball Classic’s for his native Australia. He initially was signed by the Twins in Feb. 2007 and came to the D-backs’ organization as six-year Minor League free agent prior to the 2008 season.
After hitting .317 in Triple-A last year, he once again signed a Minor League deal with Arizona.
“He’s persevered through the Minors,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s earned the promotion. He was playing well at the right time.”
“I was lucky enough to be the one they called on,” Oeltjen said. “You just have to keep playing and hope for the right opportunity at the right time.”