Like a lot of young MLB baseball prospects, Jose Trevino’s official biography and resume are stellar.
Of course, there’s mention of his high school home run record at John Paul II and his brilliant career at Oral Roberts. And of course there’s plenty of his professional career with the Texas Rangers’ organization and how he’s excelled in every assignment the club has given him.
The one thing on his biography that Trevino would change is the part under "hometown." See, his family’s home is in Ben Bolt, but like anyone from Ben Bolt, growing up, he spent a lot of time in nearby Alice. Finally, when it came time to go to high school, Trevino went on to star at John Paul II in Corpus Christi.
Now as one of the Texas Rangers’ top prospects, everyone claims him, so it’s easy to see how some baseball biographies list Corpus Christi as his hometown, while some baseball cards list Alice as his home. He’s unsure how to change it permanently, but for the record, Trevino said under his hometown, it should read Ben Bolt, Texas.
“That’s home,” Trevino said in a phone interview as he prepared for a flight to the Metroplex for a pair of exhibition games with the Rangers. “That’s where I lay my head at night when I’m home. People ask, ‘Where is that?’ I tell them it’s literally right down the road from Corpus Christi. Being from Ben Bolt is also in line with the small town, big dreams kind of thing, which is important to me, because I want kids to see that and feel inspired.”
In the grander scheme of things, the state of Texas is also home, and that’s why Trevino is certain he’ll fit right in with the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate in Frisco this season. Texas announced this this week that Trevino will be the Frisco Rough Riders’ starting catcher this season.
“That’s going to be a great place to play,” Trevino said. “I’m glad to be back in Texas. It just feels different playing baseball in Texas. It’s close to home, and I’m excited about that.”
Trevino is one of only two catchers on the Rough Riders’ roster.
Of course, playing for Frisco comes with some big-time perks as far as Trevino’s South Texas family and fan base are concerned.
Playing for the Rough Riders and in the Texas League means a season full of road games to nearby Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi for league games against the Hooks and games in San Antonio against the Missions.
In the final week of April, the Rough Riders close out for the first month of the season with a four-game series in San Antonio followed by a weekend series at Whataburger Field beginning Friday, April 18.
“It’s going to be great,” Trevino said. “I’ll get to see a lot of people from home. I know I won’t be able to talk to every single one of them when we go down there, but I’m going to try.”
Trevino is coming off a standout season with the Rangers’ High Desert club in California. Trevino won the Tom Grieve Rangers Minor League Player of the Year award last season. In 109 games with Advanced-A High Desert, he hit .303 with 30 doubles, nine home runs and 68 RBIs. Trevino was also a California League Midseason and Postseason All-Star, and was the recipient of the Minor League Gold Glove at catcher.
The Rough Riders play their home games at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Frisco has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons.
Frisco is opening its 2017 season with back-to-back homesteads against Springfield and Tulsa beginning April 6.