Ryan Jorgensen

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Ryan Jorgensen
Born: (1979-05-04) May 4, 1979 (age 39)
Jacksonville, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 8, 2005, for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 2008, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.150
Home runs2
Runs batted in6

Ryan Wayne Jorgensen (born May 4, 1979 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He attended Kingwood High School and Louisiana State University.

Jorgensen was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the Major League Baseball Draft two times, but did not sign either time. In 1997, he was drafted in the 29th round (894th overall) and in 1998 he was drafted in the 24th round (732nd overall). In 2000, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 7th round as the 193rd overall pick and this time he did sign a contract.

On March 27, 2002, Jorgensen was traded to the Florida Marlins along with pitchers Julián Tavárez, José Cueto, and Dontrelle Willis for pitchers Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement. He would spend the next four years in the Marlins organization. He made his major league debut on August 8, 2005 and played in both games of a doubleheader. He made his first major league start in the second game and went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. He would appear in 4 games and had just four hitless at-bats for the Marlins in 2005.

Jorgensen was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for second baseman Carlos Piste during spring training in 2006. He played for the Louisville Bats, the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, for the whole season. In 2007, Jorgensen began the season for the Bats again. When David Ross went down with an injury, Jorgensen had his contract purchased by the big league club on August 14, 2007. On August 15, 2007, in a start for the Reds, he recorded his first big league hit, a home run, in his first at-bat for the Reds off Chicago Cubs' pitcher Ted Lilly.

On September 7, 2007, was suspended for 50 games for a violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.[1] On October 19, 2007, Jorgensen was outrighted to the minor leagues. He refused the assignment and became a free agent. On December 13, 2007, Jorgensen was one of many MLB players named [2] in the Mitchell Report.

Jorgensen signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins for the 2008 season and assigned to Triple-A Rochester where he began play at the conclusion of his suspension. He was called up to the majors after the September 1 roster expansions and was released by the Twins after the season.

In November 2008, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. However, he announced his retirement before the start of spring training.[3]


  1. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (2007-09-08). "MLB suspends Reds' Jorgensen". The Cincinnati Post. p. B1.
  2. ^ Pettitte, Jorgensen Named in Mitchell Report | FOX 44 - News, Weather, and Sports - Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Sports
  3. ^ [1]

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