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Tiago Campos de Magalhães
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 170 lb.
Tiago Magalhães played five years in the US minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds chain, has played in Japan and for the Brazilian national team. He is listed in US sources as Tiago Campos but is listed elsewhere as Tiago Magalhães.
In 2000, Magalhães debuted in the US with the GCL Reds and hit .198/.241/.277 with 10 steals in 14 tries. The next year, he hit .238 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI for the DSL Reds, tying Rudy Guillen for the Dominican Summer League lead in home runs. In 2002, Tiago hit .233/.258/.267 in 8 games for the GCL Reds and .357/.446/.500 in 18 games for the Billings Mustangs. Overall, he stole 7 bases in 9 attempts. He batted .143/.200/.357 as Brazil's DH in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, striking out in 7 of 14 at-bats.
Magalhães split 2003 between Billings (.250/.250/.750, 4 HR, 10 RBI in 7 games) and the Dayton Dragons (.194/.226/.303). In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, the right-handed outfielder hit .200/.273/.525 with four of his eight hits being home runs. He scored eight and drove in 9 runs in 10 games in center field. He tied Frederich Cepeda, Sharnol Adriana and Naotaka Takehara for third in the Cup in home runs, one behind Audes de Leon and Takashi Yoshiura.
Tiago spent another year with Billings (.341/.426/.500 in 14 games) and Dayton (.196/.217/.275 in 31) to complete his Organized Baseball career. Magalhães helped Bazil win the 2005 South American Championship and hit .414/.500/.621 in the 2005 Baseball World Cup with six RBI in eight games. He was 3 for 3 against Panama, the eventual Bronze Medal winner. Tiago was the only Brazilian named to the tournament All-Star team, joining Panama's Freddy Herrera and the Netherlands' Danny Rombley in the outfield. Among those he beat out were future major leaguers Lastings Milledge and Alexei Ramirez.
His World Cup performance earned him interest from Japan and he signed with a team there. In the COPABE qualifier for the 2008 Olympics, Magalhães hit ,391/.391/.870 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI in five games. He was one shy of the home run lead which was shared by Yulieski Gourriel, Alexander Mayeta , Mark Reynolds and three others.
In the 2007 Pan American Games, Magalhães was just 1 for 6 as a part-time outfielder alongside two present minor leaguers, Anderson Gomes and Paulo Orlando. He did drive in Brazil's only run in their lone win, a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua behind the pitching of Cláudio Yamada and Kleber Ojima.