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Reid Michael Brignac

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Reid Brignac is an infielder with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brignac was a second-team high school All-American infielder in 2005 according to Baseball America. Brignac had batted .417 and slugged .858 with 19 doubles and 58 RBI in his senior year. He led his school to the Louisiana 5-A title. The Devil Rays took him 45th in the 2004 amateur draft that year, an early second-rounder. He was picked 6th among shortstops and was signed by scout Benny Latino for a $795,000 bonus.

Brignac debuted with the Princeton Devil Rays and hit .361/.413/.474 in 25 games. He went 7 for 14 in 3 games for the Charleston RiverDogs as well. Had he qualified, he would have led the Appalachian League in average. Baseball America rated him as the #4 prospect in the league, between Kyle Waldrop and Gio Gonzalez. In 2005, the teenager plaued for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays and hit .264/.319/.416 with 15 home runs and 131 strikeouts. Reid was rated the #17 prospect in the league by Baseball America, right behind batting champion Eric Patterson.

Brignac dazzled in 2006. He split Tampa Bay's organization player of the year award with Kevin Witt. He was named their minor league player of the year and led the system with 281 total bases. He hit .326/.382/.557 with 82 runs and 83 RBI in 100 games for the Visalia Oaks and .300/.355/.473 in 28 contests for the Montgomery Biscuits. He almost won the California League batting title, .001 behind Chris Rahl. Brignac's honors included being named to the California League All-Star team at shortstop and winning the league's MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. Baseball America rated him as the top prospect in the Cal League, the #2 shortstop in prospect in baseball and the #3 prospect in the D-Rays chain.

In 2007, Brignac returned to Montgomery, batting .260/.328/.433 after 133 games, with 17 home runs. He led the Southern League with 91 runs scored and 228 total bases and was third in the circuit with 81 RBIs.

Brignac began 2008 with the Durham Bulls and hit .265/.312/.431 with 24 doubles in 78 games. He was called up to the majors when Jason Bartlett got hurt in early July. Reid hit 9th in his big league debut and started at short. He struck out against Brian Bannister in his first two at-bats but walked his 4th time up and came around to score. He was sent down soon thereafter, and was hitless in 10 at bats in his brief exposure to the major leagues.

Sources: 2007 Devil Rays Media Guide, 2005-2007 Baseball Almanacs, MILB.com

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