Zach Reks
Texas Rangers
Outfielder
Born: (1993-11-12) November 12, 1993 (age 28)
Chicago, Illinois
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 2021, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams

Zachary Joseph Reks (born November 12, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Amateur career

Reks attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois. He played one year of college baseball at the United States Air Force Academy before quitting and transferring to the University of Kentucky as a student. After not playing for two years he joined the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team as a walk-on in 2016.[1] He played two seasons at Kentucky, before being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

Professional career

Los Angeles Dodgers

Reks spent his first professional season with the Ogden Raptors, Great Lakes Loons and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, batting .317 with two home runs over 47 games between the three teams. He played 2018 with Rancho Cucamonga and the Tulsa Drillers,[3] slashing .303/.374/.424 with five home runs and forty RBIs in 88 games.[4] He started 2019 with Tulsa before being promoted to the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He played in 121 games total with a .291 average and 28 homers with 93 RBI.[4]

The Dodgers added Reks to their 40-man roster after the 2020 season[5] and was promoted to the majors for the first time on June 21, 2021. He had been hitting .341 with five homers and 19 RBI for Oklahoma City at the time of his call-up.[6] He made his MLB debut the same day, as the starting left fielder against the San Diego Padres.[7] He had two at-bats in the game, a strikeout and a lineout to center.[8] He was returned to the minors the following day.[9] Reks had 10 at-bats in six games for the Dodgers and struck out seven times.[10] In the minors, he hit .280 in 87 games for Oklahoma City, with 19 homers and 67 RBI.[4]

Texas Rangers

On November 22, 2021, Reks and Billy McKinney were traded to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.[11]

References

  1. ^ Gabriel, Dick (June 8, 2017). "Reks' baseball story already incredible; next chapter could be even better". WKYT. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Dwyer, Danielle (July 18, 2019). "Zach Reks Goes From Not Playing Baseball to Dodgers Prospect". OKCfox. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Lewis, Barry (May 19, 2018). "Zach Reks continues remarkable journey, sparks Drillers' win". Tulsa World. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Zach Reks College & Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball Reference.
  5. ^ Gurnick, Ken (November 20, 2020). "Dodgers protect 4 prospects from Rule 5". MLB.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Harris, Blake (June 21, 2021). "Dodgers recall outfielder Zach Reks, option Edwin Uceta". SB Nation. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  7. ^ Harris, Blake (June 21, 2021). "Game thread: Dodgers open series in San Diego". SB Nation. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  8. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres Box Score, June 21, 2021". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 22, 2021). "Max Muncy is back, activated off the injured list after missing 9 games". SB Nation. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "Zack Reks Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  11. ^ Franco, Anthony (November 22, 2021). "Rangers Acquire Billy McKinney, Zach Reks From Dodgers". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 22, 2021.