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2014 Dodgers review: Carlos Triunfel

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An interesting sideshow of the 2014 Dodgers season was the growing legend of young Julio Urias, rocketing up the prospect charts as a teenager with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. But while 17-year-olds in the California League are quite rare, one of them actually played for the Dodgers in 2014.

Carlos Triunfel was 17 when he played in the Cal League with High Desert in 2007, and seven years later, at 24, the shortstop found his way to the Dodgers. Here is a look back at his 2014.

What went right

The Dodgers claimed infielder Triunfel off waivers from Seattle on April 2, and he was called up to the big club five different times during the regular season.

In his first two plate appearances as a Dodger, Triunfel got a hit and scored, in his second and third games. The second hit was a home run, which briefly had Triunfel atop the all-time Dodgers batting average list at 1.000 (2-for-2)

What went wrong

In his first call-up to the Dodgers, in April, Triunfel was up for two days but didn't get to play.

After the 2-for-2 start, Triunfel finished his major league season hitless in 13 at-bats, with one walk.

In the minors Triunfel didn't hit either, hitting just .223/.256/.330 in 89 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, including just .193/.227/.292 away from Albuquerque.

While in theory Triunfel was useful as an actual player who could fill in at shortstop when needed, the defense left a little bit to be desired. One play that stood out was on July 6, with the Dodgers nursing an 8-1 lead with one out in the eighth inning at Coors Field. A double play ground ball to shortstop became just one out when Triunfel was less than alert on the play.

Triunfel was designated for assignment on Sept. 1, removed from the 40-man roster, then cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A three days later.

2014 particulars

Age: 24

Salary: Somewhere near the major league minimum of $500,000

Game of the year

Triunfel's home run came on June 17 against the Rockies, and was his first major league home run, hit in the seventh inning against Tommy Kahnle.

Roster status

Triunfel left the organization as a minor league free agent, but signed a minor league contract for 2015 with the rival Giants.