Pie playing for the Baltimore Orioles
February 8, 1985 |
La Romana, Dominican Republic
|April 17, 2007 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||99|
Félix Pie Dofen (// PEE-ay; born February 8, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has previously played in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization. Pie was born to Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic.
Minor league career
Pie started with the Mesa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs Rookie affiliate, in 2002. He played in 55 games and hit .321, with 4 home runs and 37 runs batted in. He was called up to Boise where he played in 2 games. He played for the Lansing Lugnuts, then one of the Cubs' Single-A affiliates in 2003. There, he hit .285 with 4 home runs and 47 runs batted in.
In 2004, he played for the Daytona Cubs, another one of the Cubs Single-A affiliates. He hit .299 with 8 home runs and 47 runs batted in. In 2005, he played for the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. He hit .304 with 11 home runs and 25 runs batted in. His season was shortened due to a broken ankle suffered during the season. He was likely going to be called up to the Chicago Cubs along with Adam Greenberg to replace the struggling Corey Patterson and Jason Dubois. But due to his injury, the Cubs called up outfielder Matt Murton instead of Pie. In 2006, his season began poorly, as he hit .222 in June and slugged only .343, but soon after he broke out of his slump to end with a batting average of .282, on-base percentage of .341, and slugging percentage of .451. Pie is also one of the most highly touted Dominican prospects to reach the major leagues. Pie played 55 games of the 2007 season with the Iowa Cubs.
Major league career
Pie was a highly touted young prospect, and put on the fast-track to reaching the big-league club, although he did not start the 2007 season in the major leagues. Pie's strikeout rates continued to be much higher than average. Pie was called up from Triple-A Iowa on April 17, 2007, and was in the starting lineup, replacing the injured Alfonso Soriano. At the time of his call-up, Pie was batting .444 with one home run and six RBI in 36 at-bats. Before the 2007 season, Pie was ranked as the number one prospect in the Cubs organization. He was nicknamed "The Cat."
Pie got his first major league hit on April 17, 2007, a double off Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres. He scored his first run in the same inning on a Derrek Lee hit. In the same game, Pie also threw a runner out at home plate from center field which gave the Cubs a chance to win the game. On April 23, Pie changed his number from 17 to 20. Pie recorded his first major league home run on April 27, 2007, off Anthony Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pie was sent back down to the minors, but he was recalled on June 3, 2007 and remained with the club until July 13, when he was sent back down to Triple-A to get more regular at-bats. However, the Cubs recalled Pie from the minors in order to replace an injured Alfonso Soriano and Ángel Pagán on August 8, 2007. On August 9, Pie was brought back up to Chicago.
When the Cubs traded their starting left-handed center fielder Jacque Jones in November 2007, general manager Jim Hendry indicated that the club wasn't necessarily looking outside for a veteran, with Pie and Sam Fuld in the mix. Fuld pushed Pie for the center field spot during spring training (Piniella in late February said that Pie was only "a head or nose in front" of Fuld). "He's ready to go out there in spring training lined up next to Pie and compete to play center field," Hendry said of Fuld. Pie fell victim to the spring training 2008 injury bug that afflicted the Cubs. Originally deemed "a minor surgery on the groin region," Cubs.com reported the injury as "a twisted testicle", an injury more commonly known as testicular torsion. The surgery involved sewing the outer layer of the testicle to the scrotum wall. The surgery was deemed successful, and Pie reported back to spring training.
Pie won the center field job competition in spring training, and started opening day in center field. However, due to a slow start and the signing of former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Reed Johnson, Pie by May 2008 was utilized mostly in a platoon with Johnson and as a defensive replacement. The Cubs signed Jim Edmonds on May 14, 2008, and optioned Pie to Iowa to get some more work and play everyday.
On January 18, 2009, Pie was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Garrett Olson and Single-A pitcher Henry Williamson. In the 2009 season, Pie started in left field for the Orioles for most of April and part of May. However, his struggles at the plate and occasional mental lapses led to the Orioles calling up rookie Nolan Reimold, who had been playing well with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides and quickly seized the opportunity to become the Orioles' starting left fielder. While on the bench for most of June and July, Pie worked extensively on improving his swing and pitch recognition with Orioles' hitting coach Terry Crowley. Injuries to Orioles' center fielder Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold's nagging Achilles problem allowed Pie to play more regularly later in the season, and he showed significant improvement compared to his April performance. On August 14, 2009, Pie took full advantage of a spot in the starting lineup by hitting for the cycle, becoming only the fourth Oriole to ever do so. Pie won the starting left field assignment in 2010 after a very strong spring, but landed on the 60-day disabled list not long into the season, where he remained until July 6, 2010.
On December 11, 2011 Pie signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. He did not make the major league roster and was released on April 4, 2012.
Pie spent the bulk of the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pirates. With the Indians he batted .250 and collected 40 RBIs and 38 stolen bases. He appeared in 27 games for the Pirates and scored 5 runs while batting .138.
- Dan Connolly; Jeff Zrebiec (15 January 2010). "Haiti quake hits home for O's Pie". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
Pie said he was born in the Dominican Republic, but his mother, Hidalia Dofen, and his father, Alme Pie, were both born and raised in Haiti. The couple moved to the Dominican Republic before Pie was born, "for a better life."
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