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Reggie Gene Willits

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Outfielder Reggie Willits is in his second year with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

He was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 7th round of the 2003 amateur draft after leading the Big 12 Conference with 37 steals; he hit .379 that year for Oklahoma. He was signed by scout Kevin Ham and began his pro career that summer.

Willits hit .300/.410/.448 for the 2003 Provo Angels, leading the team with 14 SB in 18 tries. Willits jumped from rookie ball to the high-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2004, hitting .285/.374/.365, finishing second on the team with 45 SB in 60 attempts (teammate Erick Aybar led the league with 51). He led California League outfielders with 322 putouts. For the AA Arkansas Travelers in 2005, Willits hit .304/.377/.388, again finishing second on the team to Aybar, this time with 40 SB in 54 attempts.

In 2006, Reggie played for the Salt Lake Bees, batting .327/.448/.426 with 31 steals (albeit in 46 tries). He played one game for the 2006 Angels in April and then returned in July for four games before coming up (for good?) in mid-August. Through August 20, his batting line read .200/.259/.240 for the Anaheim team, but he finished much stronger at .267/.411/.289.

In 2007, he started quickly, hitting .341/.429/.376 through the middle of May.

Willits is only the second major leaguer born in Chickasha, OK. The first was Terry Humphrey, who also played for the Angels. His sister, Wendi Willits, played in the WNBA [1].

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