DES MOINES, Iowa — Most players for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs live in hotels or apartments during the season, but one of the team’s minor league pitchers has chosen to live in a self-built tiny house this summer.
Trevor Clifton was a 12th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He made his Triple-A debut with Iowa last season after being the Cubs’ top minor league pitcher in 2016.
Trevor and his father built the miniature home during the offseason.
Clifton bought a $200 camper online and the pair stripped the camper to its base. They built the 104-square-foot home on that, the Des Moines Register reported.
“We built it from the ground up. We always saw the tiny homes on Pinterest and thought, ‘Dang, that would be cool to build,’” Clifton said. “We had a chance to do it from the ground up, so we went ahead and did.”
Dennis put the final touches on it while Trevor was in Arizona for spring training. He added a couch, fridge, microwave, storage system and a mattress.
Trevor later moved the shack to Des Moines, where he’s playing and waiting for his first call to the Major Leagues.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Jaron Madison, Chicago’s director of player development. “He’s always had a different personality and likes to do things differently. It makes sense.”
Clifton initially parked the fun-sized home outside the Iowa Cubs’ stadium, Principal Park. He later moved it to the home of a teammate, though he ultimately wants to park it at a campground.
Trevor said it’s the inexpensive housing he wanted and provides peace and quiet.
“I just like to be on my own — just relax — whenever I get home,” Trevor Clifton said. “That’s one way to do it. You’re by yourself. You get to do what you want. If you want to go fishing out by the lake, you can go do that.”
Clifton said he’s enjoying the comfort of his new living quarters and that he plans to install some trim during off days. In the offseason, he hopes to use to house for camping with his fiancée.
“It turned out pretty good,” Clifton said with a smile.