Jacob Brumfield

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Jacob Donnell Brumfield

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Jacob Brumfield played seven seasons in the big leagues, batting .257 in 568 games. He did not break into the majors until he was nearly 27 years old

Brumfield was born in Bogalusa, LA. Through 2019, the only other big leaguer from Bogalusa is "The Bogalusa Bomber" Charlie Spikes. The Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 7th round of the 1983 draft and he hit .257. He did not play in 1984 and 1985 while recovering from shoulder surgery. The Cubs cut him loose and the Kansas City Royals signed him in August 1986, sending him to Fort Myers. Jacob played in the Royals' organization from 1986 to 1991. He did well in 1990, hitting .334 between two teams (Baseball City and Omaha) and won the Florida State League batting title (.336) in an All-Star season with the Baseball City Royals. He hit .267 for Omaha in 1991 and, in October, was released.

Less than a month later, the Cincinnati Reds signed him and he made his major league debut on April 6, 1992. In 24 games with the Reds, he hit .133. In the minors with Nashville, he hit .284. The next season, Jacob tore it up in Indianapolis, hitting .325 and slugging .548 (14 doubles in 33 games while stealing 11 bases in 11 attempts). Overall in the minors, he hit .300 or better five times, twice stealing 47 bases. He came up to the Reds again and played 103 games in 1993, hitting .268 and slugging .419; both above the team averages. Brumfield was in the majors in 1994, appearing in 68 games and posting an excellent batting line of .311/.381/.525. After the season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

With the Pirates in 1995, Jacob got his most at bats in a major league season, 402, hitting .271 with 22 steals. In July, he endured a nasty collision in the outfield with Dave Clark, needing 15 stitches to close a cut to his head. In 1996, he was traded on May 15th to the Toronto Blue Jays, and ended up playing 119 games, tops in his major league career, although his at-bat total (388) was slimmer than 1995. Overall, he hit 14 home runs, his career best, and stole 15 bases. In 1997 he slumped to .207 in Toronto, and spent 1998 in the minors with Charlotte in the Florida Marlins organization, hitting .167 in 95 games. He returned to the majors in 1999 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Blue Jays, hitting .241 in 80 games. In 2000, he played for three minor league teams in the Chicago White Sox and Blue Jay chains. In 2001, he played for two independent teams.

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