The curious case of Gilberto Reyes
With 19-year-old Keibert Reyes being promoted to AA this week to help Tulsa with their postseason run I was curious if any Dodger catching prospect had ever made it to AA while still a teenager.
I headed to Baseball Reference and sorted every catcher and their rookie season with the Dodgers to find out the age they debuted with the Dodgers.
The one name that stood out was Gilberto Reyes. He would never exhaust his rookie status with the Dodgers. He made his debut at age 19 in 1983 and he wasn’t just a September call-up. His debut date was June 11th, 1983. He would be on the roster from June 11th – July 27th and start eight games. He went back to the minors and did come back in Sept but played very little. The Dodger catchers in 1983 were Steve Yeager, the infamous Jack Fimple, Mike Scioscia, Gil Reyes, and Dave Sax.
According to David Young of TrueblueLA, Reyes got the call because of an injury to Mike Scioscia. Not only was Gilberto Reyes the youngest catcher to ever play for the Los Angeles Dodgers but he also got a ring in 1988 and never played a game in the postseason. Dave knew an interesting story when he saw it.
“I remember what happened to Gilberto Reyes. Scioscia injured his back [in Game 4 of the World Series] and we had gotten permission from [then-Commissioner] Peter Ueberroth to bring Reyes to Oakland. I had him fly in from the Dominican. He flies out–he got there the night of what proved to be the final game. He walks into the clubhouse about the time they started popping champagne bottles. The guy has flown in all the way from the Dominican Republic to get soaked in champagne.”
Year Age Tm PA OPS OPS+ 1983 19 LAD 32 .413 15 1984 20 LAD 5 .000 -100 1985 21 LAD 3 .667 107 1987 23 LAD 0 1988 24 LAD 9 .222 -35 1989 25 MON 5 .400 15 1991 27 MON 229 .546 56 7 Yr 7 Yr 7 Yr 283 .510 46 162 162 162 376 .510 46
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For a catcher who debuted at age 19 he had a very unsubstantial major league career and would end his career with only 283 major league plate appearances. Bill Plaschke doing what he does best, writing about sad stories, and Gilberto Reyes was one of them.
Kevin Pasley debuted with Dodgers at the age of 20 but would only play in one game without getting any plate appearances, and that was in 1973. He also would end up with an unremarkable major league career, getting only 132 major league plate appearances.
This leaves Mike Scioscia as the man to follow. Which we will do next.
Rk Name Age Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pos 1 Gil Reyes 19 1983 LAD 32 .161 .188 .226 .413 *2 2 Kevin Pasley 20 1974 LAD 0 /*2 3 Gil Reyes 20 1984 LAD 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 /*H*2 4 Mike Scioscia 21 1980 LAD 152 .254 .313 .328 .641 *2/H 5 Gil Reyes 21 1985 LAD 3 .000 .667 .000 .667 /*2H 6 Dioner Navarro 21 2005 LAD 199 .273 .354 .375 .729 *2 7 Darrin Fletcher 22 1989 LAD 9 .500 .556 .875 1.431 /*2H
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