Tuesday, April 04, 2006

April 4th, 1969

Carlos Reyes Born

Now here's something you don't see every day: a switch-hitting pitcher. Reyes was a fairly mediocre pitcher; his best years were 1998 and 1999 when he posted about average ERAs in middle relief for the Padres and Red Sox. The rest of Reyes' career was underwhelming however, although he did provide some league average innings for the A's in 1996, he surfaced for the D-Rays in 2003 after being out of baseball in 2001-02, but his performance that year (5.22 in 39 2/3 IP) probably kept out of the big leagues for good.

Reyes wouldn't have merited an impression otherwise but for his apparent switch-hitter. Reyes was a righty thrower, so I assume that's his natural side but I'm generally puzzled how he even revealed himself as a switch-hitter. Reyes only came to the plate five times in his career, never batted more than once a season and only reached on one occasion, drawing a walk in 2003. I suppose it's snide--if probably true--to observe that perhaps Reyes should've spent less time learning to switch hit and more time learning to pitch. But hey, he got a blog out of it, so at least it did him some good.

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