Jorge Reyes (baseball)

Jorge Luis Reyes (born December 7, 1987 in Rio Grande City, Texas) is a Mexican-American pitcher for the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League. He was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2007 College World Series for the Oregon State Beavers. Reyes was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

Jorge Reyes
Toros de Tijuana – No. 58
Pitcher
Born: (1987-12-07) December 7, 1987 (age 32)
Rio Grande City, Texas
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

High schoolEdit

Although born in Texas, Reyes calls Warden, Washington home and played high school baseball there. He graduated from Warden High School in 2006.

Reyes lettered 4 years for coach Dan Caballero. As a senior, he was named all-state first team, all-area first team, all-league first team, posted a 6-1 record, 0.32 ERA in 43.2 innings and had 78 strikeouts. As a junior, he was named all-state first team, all-area first team, all-league first team with a 9-0 record, 0.40 ERA in 51 innings with 101 strikeouts. Reyes also played American football and basketball.

CollegeEdit

Reyes was named a second team freshman All-American by Baseball America at the end of the 2007 season.[1] He was also declared the 2007 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, only the 5th freshman in the history of the College World Series to be named as such.

Reyes posted a record of 7-3 during the 2007 season, including 2 games (2 victories) during the College World Series; the first one, a victory against Cal State Fullerton and the second one, a victory in the first game of the Championship Finals against the University of North Carolina. His ERA for the season was 3.10.

In 2008, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League, then returned to the league in 2009 to play for the Orleans Firebirds.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

Reyes was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

In 2014, he and his teammates on the El Paso Chihuahuas played a month-long prank on veteran teammate Jeff Francoeur. The prank was that Reyes was deaf. Reyes took elaborate steps to ensure the prank's success, including not listening to music in front of Francoeur and having the catcher sign (which was most likely not real sign language) while talking to him during mound visits.[4][5] Teammate Cody Decker filmed and produced a seven-minute documentary, "On Jeff Ears,"[6] revealing the truth to Francoeur.[7][8] The prank documentary went viral, getting over 1.5 million hits on YouTube.[8][9]

On February 26, 2019, He was selected Mexico national baseball team at 2019 exhibition games against Japan.[10]

International careerEdit

In 2019, Reyes was called up to represent the Mexico national baseball team against Japan.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Baseball America 2007 Freshman All-America Team". Retrieved 2007-06-29.
  2. ^ "Cape League: Finally, Orleans clinches". capecodtimes.com. August 5, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Jim Chandley (August 8, 2009). "Braves Walk Off With Win Over Firebirds". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Jeff Francoeur's minor league teammates tricked him into thinking a pitcher was deaf". USA Today. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Townsend, Mark. "Jeff Francoeur's new Triple-A teammates welcome him with month-long prank". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Antihero Baseball/Daylight Films (12 April 2014). "On Jeff Ears" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Meet Cody Decker, the Royals' utility man with a Screen Actors Guild card".
  8. ^ a b "On Baseball: Red Sox bring another 'character' to Portland". 26 June 2016.
  9. ^ Wild, Danny (5 June 2015). "Minoring in Twitter: The ugly side of Tommy John; Decker debuts new film".
  10. ^ "Roster de México para ENEOS Samurai Japan Series". MiLB.com: The Official Site of Minor League Baseball (in Spanish). February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Novena mexicana de Beisbol busca ranking en Japón". ContraRéplica.

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