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.”

6 Comments

He had an awesome debut,hope he stays up.

Sure going to miss you up here in Reno, Trent…….but you deserve to be in the Big Leagues now. You have a lot of fans wishing you all the best. You are fun to watch…:-)
God bless…………..Tony and Linda…Reno, NV

We used to watch Trent in Tucson with the Sidewinders. While he had good and bad days when here, he always had a cheerful disposition and was one of the most accessible and personable members of the team. Hope he continues the hot streak with the D’backs!

Way to go Trent, you will be greatly missed in Reno. We are so happy for you, congrats on your first hit, HR and SB with the DBACKS. Keep bustin’ bats and takin’ bases!!
……Linda & BJ….Reno, NV

I follow all the Aussie players on the MiLB website and would like to congratulate you Trent on your promotion and great game. A lot of people in Australia follow you guys like me every day and wish you all the best for the future. Well done mate you desrve it.

Justin Taylor (Perth.. Australia)

Does anyone know how to pronounce his last name? Please e-mail me at histeacher@verizon.net

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