Mountain born players making a difference in the Majors

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

Pike County native Mark Reynolds and Josh Anderson of Pulaski County have made their mark on MLB this year.

The mountains of Southeastern Kentucky aren't exactly known as a great producer of Major League talent, but two players are flying in the face of that.

Mark Reynolds - 3B/1B, Arizona Diamondbacks (Pike County Native)

Reynolds is in only his second season in the Majors, but already he has made a name for himself.  Reynolds has already been considered an All-Star snub.  That's an honor normally awarded players who proven themselves.  Check out the numbers he has put up this season:

.270 Batting Average, .543 Slugging Percentage, .901 OPS, 25 Homeruns, 63 RBI

Reynolds has been the top 3rd basemen in the Majors HRs and RBI for most of the season.  He also shown some serious glove work.  On the down side, he swings and misses a lot.  He also tends to make a lot of errors.  But if you consider the fact that he is only in year number of his Major League career, we could be looking at a future perennial All-Star here.

Josh Anderson - OF, Detroit Tigers (Pulaski County grad, EKU)

Anderson had 2 strong performances in his first 2 seasons in the Bigs (even if both were short).  Josh is now with team number 3 in his third season (Astros then Braves were his previous 2 other teams).  His numbers are down a bit this season:

.248 Batting Average, .288 On-Base Percentage, 22 Runs, 13 Stolen Bases

Anderson doesn't have the pop that most teams are looking for from their outfielders.  If he could find a way to get his batting average back up around the .300 mark (he was batting over .300 for his career before this season) he could get more playing time.  He's shown to have a good glove and speed in the field.  And he has found a roster spot with the Tigers as a pinch runner and defensive replacement late in games.  His speed and glove will keep him around for a while, but he needs to get his average back up if wants to become more of an everyday player... which he just might.

On a personal note, I have met Anderson and his family a couple of times.  I honestly didn't know that people that nice still existed.  They are truly some of the most humble and warm people that I have ever met.  I wish nothing but great things for them.

And truly, I wish both of them the best of luck because they have both been a pleasure to work with.


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