Wes Hodges as a baseball player in 2009
September 14, 1984 |
|Career highlights and awards|
|Representing United States|
Wesley Michael Hodges (born September 14, 1984) is an American former professional baseball player. He is the founder of Pure Sports Capital, a wealth management firm focused on professional athletes. He played third base and first base for the Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, and San Francisco Giants's minor league organizations (MiLB) of Major League Baseball (MLB). Hodges was selected as the 69th overall pick in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He was the highest compensated pick for the Indians in the 2006 draft agreeing to terms on $1,000,000 contract.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Professional Baseball career
- 3 Career after baseball
- 4 Personal life
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life and education
Wes Hodges was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Mike and Tracie Hodges. He began playing baseball in his early childhood, growing up as an Atlanta Braves fan and idolizing outfielder Dale Murphy. As a teenager, he was a standout on the Baylor School baseball team.
As a junior in 2006, Hodges was a Preseason All-American selection, batted .337 (69-205) with 49 runs scored, 19 doubles, 11 home runs and 64 RBI in 54 games while being named to the Atlantic Coast Conference 2nd Team. Wes later graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration.
United States National Team
Hodges was selected to play for TEAM USA for the summer of 2005 where he was the MVP of the USA vs Italy series.
Professional Baseball career
Draft and Minor League Career
Hodges was drafted by the Cleveland Indians as the 69th pick of the 2006 MLB Draft. The Cleveland Indians agreed on July 21 to a contract with Hodges, giving him a signing bonus of $1 million. At the time, Hodges was one of only 17 players to sign a seven figure bonus in the second round.
In 2008 Wes earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Eastern League. He finished T1st in the Eastern League and led the Indians organization with 97 RBI (tying the Akron Aeros’ franchise record with Manny Ramirez). His 18HR were 9th in the league and 2nd among Tribe minor leaguers. His .466 slugging % was 11th in the EL and his 146 hits were 5th. He was a mid-season and post-season Eastern League all-star selection.
Wes was selected to play in the 2008 Futures Game at Yankee Stadium and hit a double. He was ranked as the 16th best prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America. He had an 11-game hitting streak from June 5–17 and reached base in 23 straight games via hit or walk from June 3–27. He went 3 for 4 w/3RS, 2HR & 7RBI on April 15 vs. Binghamton...Best months were May (.347, 21RBI) &June (.314, 21RBI)...For the season he hit .300 (110-367) off RHP with 17HR & 76RBI (.872OPS)...Also hit .296 (77-260) with runners on base. After the season, he was named to the Arizona Fall League's 2008 Top Prospects Team. Wes hit .349 (38-109) with the Surprise Rafters with 8 2B, 6HR & 26 RBI in 25 games (.587SLG, .956OPS)...His 26 RBI ranked tied for seventh in the league while playing in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game.
Wes was limited to 86 games with a sprained right wrist, suffered sliding into 2nd base on May 12 vs. Lehigh Valley. He was on the DL from May 13-July 3 and spent 5 games in A Lake County from June 26-July 2 rehabbing the injury. He was added to the Cleveland Indians 40-man roster on Nov 20.
Hodges spent the entire 2010 season in the International League (AAA) for the Columbus Clippers. He hit .270, 15 HR’s, 60 RBI’s. He was a member of the Indians 40 man roster, until he was designated for assignment on July 27, 2010.
On August 3, 2010, Hodges was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies. On August 5, 2010, Hodges was re-claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians. Hodges was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on November 3, 2010, removing him from the 40-man roster.
Hodges was released by the Indians on June 7, 2011 and signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on June 14, 2011. Elected free agency after the season and later resigned with the Giants December 22, 2011.
Hodges spent most the season on the disabled list for 2012. Hodges was offered a contract by the Giants for 2013, but chose to retire from baseball in order to focus on family and earning his degree in Business Administration and Finance from Georgia Tech.
Career after baseball
Wes retired from baseball in 2012 to finish his degree from Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. In 2015, he was hired as Player Financial Consultant for the San Francisco Giants, conducting player seminars during Spring Training and Winter Development to counsel the organization’s players.
Wes is a Christian and lives in Georgia with his wife and daughter.
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- Autumn Allison, "Healy went from back yard games to APSU football coach", theleafchronicle.com, April 1, 2016.
- "Wes Hodges, 1b, Giants", baseballamerica.com,
- "About Wes Hodges", puresportscapital.com, May 20, 2008.
- Chris Kreitzer,"Wes Hodges: Cleveland Indians Farm Report", bleacherreport.com, May 20, 2008.
- "Rockies claim infielder Wes Hodges off waivers from Cleveland", colorado.rockies.mlb.com, May 20, 2008.
- "Seven Jackets Selected In The Mlb Draft", ramblinwreck.com, June 6, 2006.
- "Prospect Q&A – Wes Hodges, Indians". Washington Times. 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "2005 U.S. National Team Roster", web.usabaseball.com, February 4, 2009
- Joey Weaver, "Georgia Tech Athletics: 31 Student Athletes Earn Bachelor's, 2 Earn Master's Degrees", fromtherumbleseat.com, December 13, 2014
- "Draft 2006: Signing Bonuses, First 10 Rounds", perfectgame.org, May 15, 2009
- Allan Simpson, "Top 10 Largest Signing Bonuses, 2nd-Round Picks", perfectgame.org, April 24, 2007
- Jim Callis, "Draft Dish: July 27", baseballamerica.com, July 27, 2006
- "Wes Hodges #68", m.mlb.com,
- Lisa Winston, "Eastern League announces All-Star rosters", milb.com,
- Anthony Castrovince, "Tribe prospects suit up in Futures Game", cleveland.indians.mlb.com, July 13, 2008
- "2008 Futures Game", baseball-reference.com,
- "Hodges and Mills Named to AFL's Rising Stars Roster", indiansprospectinsider.com, October 22, 2008
- Conor Glassey, "Third-Annual Afl Rising Stars Rosters", baseballamerica.com, October 23, 2008
- "Rockies claim infielder Wes Hodges off waivers from Cleveland", mlb.mlb.com, August 3, 2010
- Rockies claim infielder Wes Hodges off waivers from Cleveland
- Crawley: Baylor's Wes Hodges Living Baseball Dream At Georgia Tech – 02/08/2006 – Chattanoogan.com
- Wes Hodges sees future and past – Sports – Ohio