Schafer with the Atlanta Braves
September 4, 1986 |
|April 5, 2009 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||80|
Jordan James Schafer (born September 4, 1986) is an American professional baseball center fielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.
Schafer was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of Winter Haven High School. In April 2008 he was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after being accused of HGH use. He was the first player to be suspended by Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations.
Schafer was named the Braves' starting center fielder for the 2009 season on April 5, 2009, despite never having played at a higher level than Double-A. He made his major league debut on April 5, 2009, becoming the 99th player in Major League Baseball history to hit his first career home run in his first major league at bat, off Brett Myers of the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished the game 2 for 3, with the home run, a single, an intentional walk, and a strikeout.
Second stint with Braves
On November 1, 2012, the Atlanta Braves reacquired Jordan Schafer from the Houston Astros on waivers. Schafer was placed on the disabled list on July 4, 2013 with a stress fracture in his ankle. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on August 1, 2014.
Schafer was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on August 3, 2014. Although Schafer was known for making diving catches and had an exceptional work ethic, he was released on June 18, 2015 to make room for the influx of outfield prospects. 
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- "Bad fit caused Twins to release Jordan Schafer"./