The Dodgers claimed infielder Carlos Triunfel on outright waivers from Seattle, added him to the 40-man roster and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The 24-year-old Triunfel spent 2013 splitting time between the Mariners and Triple-A Tacoma in Seattle’s organization. An athletic infielder with a strong arm, Triunfel has shown the versatility to play shortstop, second base and third base and has played all three positions in both the Majors and minors.
In his seven minor league seasons, Triunfel has posted a .276 batting average. Last year at Triple-A Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League, he batted .282/.328/.394 with 30 extra-base hits among 108 total.
In 27 major-league games, all with the Mariners, Triunfel has a 11 hits in 66 at-bats (.167). He also batted .167 in eight Cactus League games.
The Dodgers now have 40 players on their 40-man roster.
Before Trinfuel, there were six infielders on the Isotopes’ roster: Clint Robinson, Ryan Adams, Brendan Harris, Walter Ibarra, Miguel Rojas and Jamie Romak. According to Chris Jackson of Examiner.com:
Other than first baseman Clint Robinson (.254/.353/.421, 13 HR, 55 RBI at Buffalo and New Hampshire), the rest of the Isotopes infield figures to be a constant mix of players shifting between positions, all at the discretion of manager Damon Berryhill.
None of the six are on the 40-man roster, so Triunfel might have an edge over Rojas and Harris — two non-roster invitees to spring training — if the Dodgers need to call up a middle infielder.
Triunfel was part of three double plays the Mariners turned in a Sept. 2012 game in Seattle. According to the Tacoma News-Tribune,
Triunfel was the man-in-the-middle in all three, and in his first major league start he displayed a throwing arm that had a Safeco Field crowd of 17,893 buzzing.
“He throws it as hard as he can every time he throws,” first baseman Smoak said, shaking his head. “It’s pretty impressive.”
Another thing Triunfel can do is bunt: