Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2002 UD Piece of History Phenom #126 Rene Reyes

Rene Reyes was signed as a free agent by the Rockies in 1996. He was viewed as a top hitting prospect with above average speed. However, he played two seasons with the Rockies and struggled at the major league level. In 2003 and 2004, Reyes played in 81 games for the Rockies. During his stay in the majors, he hit .220 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs. He was granted free agency in October 2004. Later that month he signed with the Cubs but never played for them.

He dropped out of baseball during 2005. He returned to the Mexican League in 2006. Since 2008, Reyes has found his niche with Puebla of the Mexican League. During his stay in the Mexican League, he has batted .334 with 60 home runs and 298 RBIs.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

2002 UD Piece of History Phenom - #95 Reed Johnson

Reed Johnson has been a solid outfielder for nine years at the major league level. After he was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 1999 MLB Draft, he debuted for Toronto in April 2003.

For Toronto, Johnson played all of the outfield positions and was often their lead-off hitter. He appeared in an average of 122 games each season through 2007. During his stay in Toronto, he batted .281 with 42 HRs and 234 RBIs. He was released near the end of 2008 spring training because other players made him expendable. He was immediately picked up as a Free Agent by the Cubs.

He platooned with Felix Pie and Jim Edmonds. Johnson played in 174 games as a Cubs during 2008 and 2009. He was a reliable and effective backup for the Cubs hitting .303 in 2008 and .255 in 2009. He became a Free Agent at the end of 2009 and was signed to replace Juan Pierre as the Dodgers fourth outfielder. Johnson played 102 games for the Dodgers and once again became a Free Agent at the end of 2010.

He signed with the Cubs for the 2011 season and again was a solid backup in the outfield. In 2011, Johnson hit .309 in 111 games. He will be a Free Agent again but has expressed a desire to return to the Cubs for 2012.