Following in the footsteps of Ryan Bicondo, Alex Trezza became the second Spirit star in 2006 to make the leap from the North Shore Spirit to a major league affiliate when he signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.
“Alex was the emotional leader of the Spirit. He really improved his game offensively and defensively. He earned this opportunity with Colorado and we wish him the best of luck,” said Spirit Director of Player Procurement Jeff Kunion.
The Spirit catcher was quite the slugger in 2006, belting out a league-high 19 home runs. His impressive display of power was unrivaled in the rest of the league. The next closer batter trailed him by five home runs in the final season statistics.
Due to his penchant for sending ball out of the park, Trezza was among the league leaders in many of the power categories. He finished second in the CanAm League in both slugging percentage (.544) extra-base hits (36).
In 78 games for the Spirit in 2006, Trezza hit .259 with 17 doubles and 40 runs batted in. In addition to his offensive play, Trezza also guided the Spirit pitching staff to a league-best ERA. The eight field managers and media members from throughout the league rewarded Trezza’s efforts by selecting him as Catcher of the Year.
Trezza joined the Spirit prior to the 2005 season. In his first year with the team, he hit .220 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. He was an 18th round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2001. He played collegiate ball at SUNY-Stony Brook, in his home state of New York.