|Colorado Rockies – No. 13|
October 4, 1984 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 19, 2009 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through April 9, 2014)
|Runs batted in||224|
|Competitor for United States|
|World University Championship|
Before professional baseball
Drew Stubbs graduated from Atlanta High School in 2003. He was a three-time All-American in baseball and two-time academic All-American at the University of Texas. He hit a game-winning triple for Team USA in the gold medal game against Japan at the 2004 FISU II World University Baseball Championship in Taiwan. Stubbs was the Longhorns' co-MVP, named Big 12 co-Player of the Year, and one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2006.
Draft and Minors
Stubbs was the first round pick (8th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2006 draft. In his 2006 season at the rookie class Billings Mustangs, Stubbs batted .256 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 56 games, including three triples, in 210 at-bats.
Earning a promotion to the Class A Dayton Dragons (the low A team), he batted .270 with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases in 129 games, including an 11-game hit streak to start the year. His performance earned him a spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game. After the season he was named the tenth-best prospect in the Midwest League and the fifth-best in the Reds' organization by Baseball America.
In the 2008 season Stubbs started with the Single-A Sarasota Reds (the high A team), then was promoted to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, and finally to the Triple-A Louisville Bats. In a combined 131 plate appearances, he batted .277 with 7 home runs, 57 RBIs, and 33 stolen bases. His 33 steals led all Reds minor leaguers.
Stubbs made his major league debut on August 19, 2009. In his second game, he hit a game-winning home run to beat the San Francisco Giants. He finished the season with a .267 average, hitting eight home runs. Stubbs was named to the 2010 Reds roster for opening day, but did not play. He started in center field for the second game of the season.
He hit his first career grand slam on April 9, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs. On July 4, 2010, he hit three home runs against the Cubs.
During the 2011 season, Stubbs had a .243 batting average, 15 homers, and 40 RBI. He led the major leagues with number of times striking out, totaling 205 times. He became only the 2nd player to strike out 200 or more times in a season. He was second in the league in stolen bases, with 40. On September 15, 2012, Stubbs was involved in MLB history when his batted groundball was bobbled by Marlins SS Jose Reyes; that would turn out to be MLB's 500,000th error.
Stubbs was traded to the Cleveland Indians, along with Trevor Bauer of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, among other players. On January 17, 2013, Stubbs avoided arbitration with the Indians by signing a one-year, $2.825 million deal with $50,000 in performance bonuses.
- "2011 Major League Baseball Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- "Drew Stubbs Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- Short, D.J. (January 17, 2013). "Indians, Drew Stubbs avoid arbitration with one-year deal". NBC Sports.
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