Garrett Atkins

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Garrett Atkins
Third baseman
Born: (1979-12-12) December 12, 1979 (age 34)
Orange, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 3, 2003 for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
June 25, 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average .285
Home runs 99
Runs batted in 488
Teams

Garrett Bernard Atkins (born December 12, 1979) is an American former Major League Baseball third baseman. He bats and throws right-handed.

In 2005, his 89 runs batted in led not only the Rockies, but all major league rookies as well. In 2006, Atkins ranked in the top ten of nearly all batting categories in the National League, posting a .329 batting average with 120 runs batted in and 117 runs scored.

Amateur career[edit]

High school career[edit]

Atkins attended University High School in Irvine, California.[1] As a senior, he was named the Irvine World News All-City MVP, after posting a .557 batting average, along with a school single-season record 13 home runs.

College career[edit]

After being drafted by the New York Mets in 1997 out of high school, Atkins elected to attend college instead.[1] He was recruited by Pepperdine, USC, Oklahoma State, Cal State Fullerton and UCLA, choosing the latter. At UCLA, Atkins majored in sociology[2] and became the first three-time All-American.[1] His accomplishments included compiling a 33-game hitting streak. He began as a first baseman before converting to third base, where he made 51 starts in 1998. However, in 1999, his sophomore campaign, Atkins played first base again and led the team in hits. He was a teammate and roommate of Philadelphia Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley,[3] and along with him, was one of only two Bruins to start every game. Atkins was drafted in 2000 out of UCLA by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round (137th overall).[3] This time, he chose to accept the offer from an MLB club and began the process of reaching the majors.

Professional career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

2003-2004[edit]

Atkins made his Major League debut in 2003 and hit .159 with 0 home runs and 4 RBIs. He fared better in his second stint in the Major Leagues in 2004 hitting .357 with 1 home run and 8 RBIs.

2005 season[edit]

Atkins won the Rockies' 3rd base job in 2005 but was placed on the DL with a strained hamstring before the season started. He returned in April. He finished 4th in the Rookie of the Year voting after a stellar season in which he topped NL rookies with 221 total bases, 31 doubles, 45 walks, and 45 extra-base hits. He also finished the year with a 16-game hitting streak in September. His final stat line was impressive: .287 batting average, 13 homers, and 89 RBIs.

2008 season[edit]

In 2008, Atkins spent much of the season playing first base in the absence of injured teammate Todd Helton, marking a defensive transition to "a more natural position for him." [4]

2009 season[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2009 season, Atkins accepted a one-year $7 million contract from the Rockies. He struggled in the 2009 season hitting .226 with nine home runs, and 48 RBIs. With the emergence of Ian Stewart Atkins became less of a priority in the Rockies long-term plans, he was thus non-tendered by the Rockies on December 12, 2009, officially making him a free agent.[5]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

2010 season[edit]

Atkins agreed to a 1-year, $4 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. The deal included a one-year club option for $8.5 million, with a $500,000 buyout. He was expected to be the starting first baseman.[6]

On June 27, the Orioles designated Atkins for assignment.[7]

On July 6, the Orioles released Atkins.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Atkins agreed to a minor league deal with the Pirates on December 23, 2010. It included an invite to spring training. In March 2011, Atkins was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Troy E. Renck (2007-03-18). "With this sweet swing, hits just keep comin' - The Denver Post". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Q & A with Garrett Atkins". ColoradoRockies.com. 2006-07-24. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  3. ^ a b Gerry Fraley (2007-10-05). "The friendship baseball made : rockymountainnews.com". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  4. ^ Thomas Harding (2008-08-18). "Helton's injury leaves void in clubhouse : mlb.com". Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ Thomas Harding (2009-12-12). "Rockies part ways with Atkins : mlb.com". 
  6. ^ http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20091222&content_id=7843838&vkey=pr_bal&fext=.jsp&c_id=bal
  7. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany (2010-06-27). "Orioles designate Atkins for assignment". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Ryan Church
National League Rookie of the Month
June 2005
Succeeded by
Zach Duke
Preceded by
Chad Tracy
Topps Rookie All-Star Third Baseman
2005
Succeeded by
Ryan Zimmerman