Missoula Osprey catcher Stryker Trahan was named after a character Burt Reynolds played in a short-lived television series.

Trahan now has the chance to make a name for himself.

The Louisiana native is one of the finalists in Minor League Baseball's seventh annual Moniker Madness, a contest to find the best name in all of baseball.

Trahan - pronounced "traw-haw" - will join a loaded field of 75 ballplayers that also includes former Osprey players Socrates Brito (2012) and Jose Jose (2013).

The competition opened Tuesday and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 28. Fans can vote for their favorite names online here.

Fans are given a random pairing of two names and will vote on which one they prefer. Another random pairing will appear and the fan can vote again. This will go on with different random pairings as long as the fan chooses to continue.

The winner will be the player who wins the most random head-to-head matchups, a change from years past when the competition was set up in an NCAA-style bracket.

The leaderboard is also available online here and boy are there some gems out there.

Trahan, 19, who takes his name from the ABC series B.L. Stryker which ran from 1989-90, is batting .259 with five home runs and 21 RBIs this season with the Osprey.

Past winners of Moniker Madness are Houston Summers (2007), Will Startup (2008), Dusty Napoleon (2009), Rowdy Hardy (2010), Seth Schwindenhammer (2011) and Rock Shoulders (2012).

Reporter AJ Mazzolini can be reached at (406) 523-5298, at anthony.mazzolini@missoulian.com, @AJMazzolini or missoulapreps.com.

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