|Sussex County Miners|
September 19, 1980 |
|May 8, 2005, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through 2010 season)
|Runs batted in||1|
Raymond Lee Sadler (born September 19, 1980 in Clifton, Texas) is a professional baseball outfielder who is currently with the Sussex County Miners of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. He played in Major League Baseball in 2005 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sadler bats and throws right-handed, is 6'1" tall, and weighs 200 pounds. His cousin Donnie Sadler, has also played Major League Baseball.
Sadler played baseball at Clifton High School, and in 1999 the Chicago Cubs selected him with the 920th pick of the June draft, as part of the 30th round. The Cubs did so with the intention of treating him as a "draft and follow" player, and he signed with the Cubs after 2 seasons at Hill College, a junior college in Hillsboro, Texas.
Sadler was traded from the Cubs to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 17, 2003, in a deadline deal for Randall Simon. When outfielder Craig Wilson injured a tendon in his hand on May 8, 2005, the Pirates turned to Sadler as an emergency replacement, purchasing his contract from the Altoona Curve. He had no time to prepare, but reported immediately to the Pirates' clubhouse, where he was mistaken for a construction worker by surprised manager Lloyd McClendon. Sadler made his major league debut that night, and three days later, he collected his first major league hit: a home run to left field against Giants starter Noah Lowry.
After playing three games in left field, Sadler was optioned back down to the minors on May 13, and he was designated for assignment on September 16. This was the first outright assignment of Sadler's career, so he remained with the Pirates organization after clearing waivers. After the 2006 season, Sadler was acquired by the Houston Astros organization. He played the entire 2007 season as a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston's AA affiliate, leading the team in home runs and runs batted in while earning Team MVP honors. In 2008, Sadler split time between Corpus Christi and the Triple-A Round Rock Express in the Astros' system.
Sadler became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in December. On August 6, 2009 Sadler was released by the Rays, and signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros two days later. He became a free agent again after the season, and in 2010 signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent Northern League.