A nine-year Major League veteran who spent some time with the New York Yankees, among other teams, has been signed by the New Britain Bees for the coming season.
Infielder Reid Brignac, signed on Saturday, will be making his Atlantic League debut in his 14th season of professional baseball.
“This is a big addition for the Bees,” Bees General Manager Brad Smith said in a press release. “It’s great to sign a player of Reid’s caliber, who will bring immense Major League experience to our club both on the field and in the clubhouse. We look forward to seeing his contributions this season.”
Brignac played with Triple-A Fresno, a Houston Astros affiliate, in the Pacific Coast League last season, appearing in 110 games with a .251 batting average, 33 extra-base hits including 13 home runs, 52 RBI, 53 runs scored and a .973 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Though a former Yankee, area fans might have trouble remembering him in that uniform. He played just 17 games with New York in 2013, posting a .114 batting average (5-for-44) with one run scored and no RBI.
He’s best remembered as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. As their starting shortstop in 2011, he appeared in 113 games and had a .256 batting average with 13 doubles, eight home runs, 45 RBI and 39 runs scored.
The 32-year-old began his professional career when he was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2004 MLB amateur draft. He made his big league debut in 2008 and spent five seasons in the Majors with Tampa Bay. He also played in the big leagues for the Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
In 369 career Major League games, the switch-hitter has a .219 batting average with 52 extra-base hits, 84 RBI and 83 runs scored. Over 1,111 minor league games, Brignac has a .269 batting average with 116 home runs, 572 RBI, 628 runs scored and 68 stolen bases.
In a corresponding roster move, the Bees placed infielder Luis Hernandez on the reserve/retired list, as he will now pursue a coaching career with the Kansas City Royals organization.
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