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Tyler Keele, with one start in Kane County since arriving three days prior, started for Duran.
“Honestly, getting traded, especially for a big-leaguer, is a good thing,” De La Trinidad said. “It’s bittersweet. It’s comfortable here. I love this organization – they’re the ones that drafted me, and gave me the opportunity to be here. I’m forever grateful for that.”
“It’s a new journey; [It] starts now,” De La Trinidad said.
A Twins scout was in Kane County at various times throughout the season, and attended Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to Beloit.
As De La Trinidad met with Lalli, his phone was continuously blowing up. His family was calling, as they apparently learned the news of the trade the way most of the baseball world did – via social media.
In college at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, De La Trinidad said the Twins were among the teams that talked with him leading up to the draft. De La Trinidad leaves the Cougars after 91 games, eight home runs and a team-high 56 RBI and .311 batting average.
Durán, 5-4 in 15 starts this season, learned of the trade through Lalli as did Maciel.
“It’s obviously a new opportunity,” Durán said through translator and Cougars pitcher, Abraham Almonte, moments after he learned he was traded.
“[I’m] ready to move forward and keep going,” Durán continued via Almonte.
Durán “wasn’t expecting” the move, and has since talked to his wife and family on the impending move.
Maciel, in the middle an 18-game hitting streak dating back to July 1, said via Google Translator: “It does not matter what team I will [play for in order to reach the Major Leagues]. My dream is to just play in [the major leagues].”
Maciel, originally from Brazil, speaks Portuguese.
Through Google Translator, Maciel said he knows there’s a fellow Brazilian [Leonardo Reginatto] on the Twins' Triple-A team, the Rochester Red Wings.
"It's a little wild," Cougars utility Ryan Grotjohn said in reaction to the trade. "[A] couple of hours before a game, it's kind of wild. [It's] really surprising."