Jeff Pickler

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Jeff Pickler
Cincinnati Reds – No. 61
Coach
Born: (1976-01-06) January 6, 1976 (age 44)
Garden Grove, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Teams
As coach

Jeff Blaine Pickler (born January 6, 1976) is an American professional baseball coach. He is the game planning and outfield coach for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also coached for the Minnesota Twins.

Biography[edit]

Pickler was born in Garden Grove, California.[1] He attended Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California, where he played for the school's baseball team.[2] He then enrolled at Cypress College, where he played college baseball for the Cypress Chargers for one season. He then transferred to the University of Tennessee to continue his college baseball career with the Tennessee Volunteers.[3] In 1997, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League, helping to lead the Gatemen to the league title.[4]

In 1998, Pickler was named the Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Year.[5] He graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee.[6] The Milwaukee Brewers selected Pickler in the 11th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft;[7] he played in Minor League Baseball for the Brewers, Texas Rangers, and Colorado Rockies organizations for eight years.[5]

After he retired as a player, Pickler became a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. After three years with the Diamondbacks,[5] he spent one year as an assistant coach for the Arizona Wildcats of the University of Arizona.[6] He then spent four years as a scout for the San Diego Padres. Pickler joined the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 as a special assistant in professional scouting and player development.[8]

The Twins hired Pickler to their major league coaching staff prior to the 2017 season.[5][9] The Cincinnati Reds hired him before the 2019 season.[10]

Pickler's father, Scott, is the coach for the Cypress College baseball team[5] and the longtime field manager of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Pickler, baseballreference.com
  2. ^ Foster, Chris (March 2, 1994). "Prep Baseball '94: Century Legue: Foothill Enjoys Fruit of Pickler Family Tree". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Cypress' Pickler Commits to Tennessee". Los Angeles Times. April 17, 1995. Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via LA Times.
  4. ^ "Ex-Cape Leaguers Cressend, Pickler join Dodgers' revamped front office". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Twins to add Jeff Pickler to coaching staff". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2008/10/07/98825-the-bounce-ua-s-lopez-hires-a-pest-as-an-assistant/
  7. ^ "Former Cypress Standout Pickler Signs With Brewers". Los Angeles Times. June 9, 1998. Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via LA Times.
  8. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dodgers-642580-president-recently.html
  9. ^ "Twins hire Jeff Pickler to join coaching staff". MLB.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  10. ^ https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2019/01/03/reds-name-caleb-cotham-their-assistant-pitching-coach/2477187002/
  11. ^ Aria Gerson (July 6, 2019). "'His passion': Y-D's Pickler keeps managing, winning and crediting others". capecodtimes.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.

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