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Jacob Donnell Brumfield

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Jacob Brumfield played seven seasons in the big leagues, accumulating over 1,500 at-bats. He didn't break into the majors until he was nearly 27 years old

Brumfield was born in Bogalusa, LA. Through 2010, the only other major leaguer from Bogalusa has been Charlie Spikes.

The Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 7th round of the 1983 amateur draft, and he hit .257. He did not play in 1984 and 1985, apparently due to injuries. The Cubs cut him in 1985 and the Kansas City Royals signed him in August 1986, putting him on their Fort Myers affiliate.

Jacob played in the Royals' organization from 1986 to 1991, moving his way up the chain. He did well in 1990, hitting .334 between two teams (Baseball City and Omaha). He won the Florida State League batting title (.336) and was a league all-star with the Baseball City Royals. He hit .267 for Omaha in 1991 and in October the Royals released him.

Less than a month later, the Cincinnati Reds signed him, and he made his major league debut on April 6, 1992. In 24 games with the Reds he hit .133.In the minors with Nashville, he hit .284.

The next season Jacob showed good hitting ability with Indianapolis, hitting .325 with a .548 slugging percentage (he had 14 doubles in 33 games, while stealing 11 bases in 11 attempts). Overall in the minor leagues, he had hit .300 or over 5 times, twice stealing 47 bases. He came up to the Reds again and played 103 games with them in 1993, hitting .268 and slugging .419. Both numbers were above the team averages. Brumfield was in the majors in 1994, appearing in 68 games and posting an excellent batting line of .311/.381/.525. After the season he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

With the Pirates in 1995, Jacob got his most at-bats in any one major league season, 402. He hit .271 and stole 22 bases. In 1996, he was traded on May 15th from the Pirates to the Toronto Blue Jays, and ended up getting into 119 games that season total, tops in his major league career although his at-bats, 388, were slightly fewer than the previous year. During his time with Pittsburgh that year, he suffered a nasty collision in center with Dave Clark. Overall that year, he hit 14 home runs, his career best, and stole 15 bases.

In 1997 he slumped to .207 with the Blue Jays, and he spent 1998 in the minors with Charlotte in the Florida Marlins organization, hitting .167 in 95 games. In spite of that, he was able to return to the majors in 1999 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Blue Jays, hitting .241 in 80 games.

In 2000 he played for three minor league teams in the organizations of the Chicago White Sox and the Blue Jays. In 2001 he played for two independent teams.

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