Former Southern Mississippi outfielder and new Orioles prospect Reed Trimble told everyone while growing up in Brandon, Miss., that it was his dream to one day play baseball in the major leagues.
Despite being told several times that it wasn’t realistic enough, Trimble held onto the dream and worked each day to achieve it. And those dreams finally came true when the 21-year-old heard his name called after the Orioles took him with the No. 65 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
“I still got other [dreams] to work to, but hearing my name called out was really awesome — and what a blessing it has all been, this whole journey. I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Trimble said on Glenn Clark Radio July 19. “It’s just been a lot of emotions, but happiness is probably the biggest one.”
Trimble feels grateful for his journey and has become enamored with baseball, saying the game is “beautiful” and “will humble you so quickly.” Trimble expressed how he enjoys the ups and downs of the game.
“You can be the best baseball player in the world, on the planet, for five straight games,” Trimble said. “I think just the purity of it — take a round ball and round bat and try and hit it square. If you can do that 30 percent of the time, then you’re a Hall of Famer if you do that for 15 years. So I think it’s the simplicity of it, the purity of it and the ups and downs that come along with it that I love so much.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound Trimble played at Southern Mississippi from 2020-2021, though the 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shortened season, Trimble started 10 games and hit .275 with two doubles, one home run and 12 RBIs.
This past season, Trimble started 59 games. The switch-hitter batted .345/.414/.638 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles and 72 RBIs. His play earned him second-team All-America honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He also obtained first-team Conference USA honors and was named to the All-Regional team of the NCAA Tournament’s Oxford regional this spring.
Prior to competing for the Golden Eagles, Trimble played high school ball for Northwest Rankin High School and earned first-team 6A All-State honors as a senior. He finished his high school career with a .425 batting average, 20 doubles, seven triples, 11 home runs and 73 RBIs.
While playing at Southern Mississippi, Trimble highly valued the relationships that he formed with his teammates, always wanting to be there for them no matter what.
“I want to be the best teammate I can be, and if that’s not playing but being the first person to pick somebody up, that’s what I want to be — the best teammate I can be,” Trimble said.
Trimble hopes to carry those traits along to his future organization. He signed with the Orioles for a reported $800,000. Reflecting on his two years with the Golden Eagles, Trimble strongly believes that he made the most of his time and formed some great friendships. He considers himself blessed to have had the opportunity.
Trimble feels grateful for the position that he is in today and hopes to make an impact on the Orioles, whether that be in the field or at bat. As he continues to grow, Trimble believes he will only strengthen his swing.
Regardless, Trimble feels excited to be chosen by an organization that is in the midst of the rebuilding process, hoping to go out there and make his family proud.
“I think it would be the most just amazing thing going from a team that’s not as good as a lot of other teams to a team that’s winning almost every day,” Trimble said. “I think it would be just awesome to be a part of that.”
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics