This past Sunday, the Rangers had their first Spring Training game against the Royals and the boys only scored two runs, both courtesy of Doug Deeds. I was on my way home after being out of town Sunday afternoon and was keeping up on my phone to see that D. Deeds had a two run homer. Then yesterday afternoon he picked up another two run jack against the Angels, I had to Google D Deeds just to figure out his first name.
What I found was a history of fairly consistent statistics. Last year with the Reno Aces (the Arizona Triple-A team), Deeds batted .302 over 125 games. During that span, he picked up 145 hits and 55 RBIs. Over his 9 professional seasons, Doug is a career 300 hitter. Originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 9th round of the 2002 Amateur Draft, Deeds is 29 and may be too old to ever crack the major league roster. It would not be far-fetched for him to join the Express or the Roughriders and provide them with a solid bat. Everyone loves the underdog and hopefully, Doug can earn his stripes and at least pick up a spot in the Rangers organization.
Here is the official bio from MinorLeagueBaseball.com
Twins’ ninth-round pick in 2002 June draft…1999 graduate of Bexley (OH) High School where finished his career with a record 28 home runs…named All-State twice and All-Conference four times…attended Ohio State, where he holds the freshman home run record (14)…Academic All-Big 10, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Big 10 Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big 10 in 2001…led team in batting (.386), hits (81) and home runs (12) and was second-team All-Big 10 in 2002.
CallToThePen.com did a good breakdown of Deeds and the other Non-Roster Invitees earlier this season, check it out!