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Jeremy Thomas Reed

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[edit] Biographical Information

[edit] Introduction

Jeremy Reed has played eight major league seasons in the outfield. He made the 2009 Mets as a back-up outfielder. In 2010 he played with the Toronto Blue Jays and their Las Vegas affiliate but was granted free agency in July and signed with the Chicago White Sox organization, who put him at Charlotte. In 2011 he was a non-roster invitee at the spring training camp of the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers, and when he hit .400 in spring training, he made the club. He made some major league appearances, was also in the minors with Nashville, and in June was traded to the Minnesota Twins organization where he has been playing for their Rochester affiliate.

[edit] Early Career

Reed was born in San Dimas, CA, and went to high school at nearby Bonita High. In 2002, as a junior at Cal State Long Beach, he hit .339. He made the All-Conference Team and tied Bryan Gant for the conference lead with 59 runs.

Reed was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was signed by scouts Joe Butler and Matt Hattabaugh and sent to the Kannapolis Intimidators, where he hit .319/.377/.448 with 17 steals in 22 tries. The next year, he hit .333/.431/.477 with 27 SB in 33 tries in half a season at Winston-Salem, and was brought up to Birmingham where he hit .409/.474/.591 with 18 steals in 31 tries. He was named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star First Team as an outfielder. His .373 overall average led the minor leagues, as did his .453 OBP and he was among the leaders in hits (173, 4th). Baseball America also listed him as the #2 prospect in the Carolina League (behind Zach Greinke) and #3 in the Southern League behind Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Jackson. Overall, he was named the #5 outfield prospect in baseball.

In the year 2004, he split his time between two Triple-A teams, hitting for a significantly lower average - .275/.357/.420 for the Charlotte Knights and .305/.366/.455 with the Tacoma Rainiers. He was a key part of the Freddy Garcia trade on June 27, going to the Seattle Mariners. He was picked as the 5th-best prospect in the International League, the sixth-best in the Pacific Coast League and overall the 13th-best outfield prospect. The Mariners brought him up for 18 games as a September call-up, and he impressed, hitting .397/.470/.466.

[edit] Majors and Minors

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The next year, 2005, he became a regular on the Mariners team, hitting a disappointing .254/.322/.352 in 141 games. At the age of 24, he didn't show much power, and while he stole 12 bases, he also got caught 11 times. He was one of 14 rookies to play with the Mariners in 2005.

In 2006, he hit .217 in 67 games before going on the 60-day disabled list when he broke his right thumb trying to make a diving catch while playing center field. It was disappointing to Reed, because he had started to hit for more power in June.

The Mariners replaced him in center field with Shin-Soo Choo.

In a surprising cut during the latter days of spring training in 2007, the Mariners sent Reed to the minors. He was with the Tacoma Rainiers, where, as of the middle of May 2007, he was hitting around .275, playing left field, and batting second in the lineup. As of September 1, 2007, he had moved his average up to .295 and was leading the team in runs scored with 90.

He came back up to the majors in September 2007. He was with the Mariners for 2008 spring training, hitting .321, but was sent down to Tacoma on March 29. As of May 11, he was tearing up the league at Tacoma, hitting over .350 with power, and later in May 2008 he was brought up to the Mariners for whom he appeared in 97 games during the 2008 season.

Jeremy has been a frequently-used backup for the Mets in 2009, appearing in 76 of the Mets' first 95 games while getting 112 at-bats.

Reed is the older brother of Mark Reed.

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