Dan Reichert

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Daniel Robert Reichert

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In the 1994 amateur draft, the St. Louis Cardinals drafted Dan Reichert in the 11th round, 306th overall. He did not sign. But, in 1997 when he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (7th overall), he did sign for a $1,450,000 bonus. He spent less than three seasons in the minors (where he saw fair success) before getting the call to the big leagues. On July 16, 1999, at the age of 23, he made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals. He finished his debut season with a 9.08 ERA.

In 1998, Reichert was diagnosed with diabetes. In 2000, Reichert led the American League with 18 wild pitches in only 153+ innings. On April 5, 2001, Reichert gave up a solo home run in the 1st inning to Paul O'Neill. This would prove to be the only run of the game. This was only the second time since 1941 that the [2001 Yankees|New York Yankees]] had won a 1-0 game on a 1st-inning home run.

The knock against Reichert was always been his control. In 1999, Reichert walked 32 and struck out only 20 in just over 36 innings. When Reichert was "on", he could dominate inducing groundball after groundball. According to one source: "He's got a nice moving fastball that tops out in the low-90s. He likes to work low in the zone and give his infielders some work. [He is a] borderline big-league reliever [because] he tries to be too fancy, [and] it backfires on him, because he doesn't have a lot of fancy pitches to work with after the fastball." [citation needed]

The last Reichert saw of the majors was in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays. After that, he been bounced around in the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners organizations. He signed with the Uni-President Lions for 2011. Debuting on March 26th, he went the distance in a one-run complete game to beat the Sinon Bulls.

Reichert was pitching coach of the Lincoln Saltdogs in 2013 and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2015. Currently, Reichert resides in Turlock, California.

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