Northside Christian's Trahan inks with Ragin Cajuns
CROWLEY – Northside Christian standout Joseph Trahan knew all along that he would remain close to home when he began his college baseball career in the fall of 2014.
He just didn’t realize until recently how close to his Rayne residence that would actually be.
The senior shortstop/pitcher was nearly a lock to sign with McNeese State University until a recent recruiting trip to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
That trip opened his eyes and on Wednesday, Trahan inked with Tony Robichaux’s Ragin Cajuns.
“I was kind of leaning towards McNeese to be close to home and it’s a good program,” said Trahan. “But then UL gave me a look and it was pretty much that it was the same thing, but with better facilities, better coaches and everything was just one step better and a lot closer.
“Going into the visit (at UL) I was just going to go. But once I went, I realized that I really liked it. It wasn’t what I expected. They have a great program and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Trahan has been a dominant force for the Northside Christian Warriors for four years and his numbers at the plate have increased every season.
During the 2013 season he led the Warriors to the state quarterfinals after hitting for a. 513 clip with 14 doubles, five triples and seven home runs. He was also intentionally walked nine times.
That power display is what caught Ragin Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux’s attention.
“For one, we like him because he has the opportunity to be a big physical presence,” said Robichaux, who signed 14 players during the early signing period. “A lot of guys have a hard time showing power with that BB Core bat, but the one thing he does, he has power with that BB Core bat. And you just don’t see that out there much.
“We just like him because he has a chance to be physical; not just a hitter but a physical hitter”
Trahan put on an impressive performance during one of the Ragin Cajuns’ showcase camps and that is where he really caught the eye of Robichaux and his staff.
“We like the kids to come to our showcases because we can see them in person and this guy(Trahan) hits balls out of the ball park from both sides of the plate,” said Robichaux. “That doesn’t happen very often, not at this ballpark. This is not a small park and he was running balls out of here easy.
“One thing we think he’s got is power and we don’t think that power will go away. We’re going to put him in a good strength program and put him in with a very good hitting coach,”
Trahan has played nearly every position ranging from the infield to the outfield during his prep career, but Robichaux sees him possibly filling a void at first base after senior Chase Compton graduates.
“I think he’ll end up as a corner player for us,” said Robichaux. “We like him as a first baseman. We’ll have an opening there so we see him as corner infielder, first base, DH...
Robichaux also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Trahan seeing some time on the mound either.
For the Warriors last season, Trahan logged five victories and five saves while getting the starting nod in nearly all of Northside Christian’s big games. He struck out 97 batters during his junior campaign and walked just 10.
“We don’t take anything away from them (recruits) in the first fall,” said Robichaux, who had former Notre Dame standout Ryan Leonards see action on the mound during his first fall session with the Cajuns. “We let them come in and do all they can and then , at Christmas break, we kind of sit down and see where we need you to be able to help our team the most.”