Trojan Alum Andrew Triggs Makes Major League Debut with Oakland A's

    Andrew Triggs
    April 25, 2016

    DETROIT, Mich. - Trojan alum Andrew Triggs made his major league debut on Monday (April 23) for the Oakland A's in Detroit.

    Triggs, a right-handed pitcher, became the 111th Trojan major leaguer. He got the call up on Sunday afternoon and threw a scoreless eighth inning for the A's in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers on Monday night.

    The Nashville, Tenn., native allowed six hits and four earned runs in seven innings of relief for the AAA Sounds, along with nine strikeouts, three walks and two hit batters. MLBPipeline.com has him ranked as the A's No. 29 prospect.

    Triggs, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Players' Draft, has been a part of the Royals, Orioles and A's organizations over the past 13 months. The A's acquired him off waivers in Spring Training and immediately optioned him down with the first cuts.

    After redshirting his freshman season at USC in 2008, he was a four-year letterwinner for the Trojans, who excelled in the classroom as well as on the field, earning Pac-12 Baseball Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As a redshirt freshman in 2009 he earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors and followed that up in 2010 as the team's ace, as he was drafted in the 24th Round by the Cleveland Indians. However, he chose to stay in school, completing his degree and working on a Master's in Business Administration. In his junior season in 2011, Triggs went 5-4 with a 3.67 ERA and in 90 2/3 innings, he allowed 94 hits and 37 earned runs with 28 walks and 72 strikeouts. Finally in his redshirt senior season, Triggs was the team's co-captain, tossing a team-leading 105.2 innings, resulting in a 5-6 record and a 3.49 ERA, while tallying a team-high 85 strikeouts.

    Triggs joins the following Trojans as active major leaguers - Brad Boxberger (Tampa Bay), Lucas Duda (New York Mets), Ian Kennedy (Royals) and Tommy Milone (Minnesota).