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Friday, January 27, 2023

Doug Reynolds had enough tools, talent and performance to turn pro, make high-A; Later turned scout

Doug Reynolds explained the heart of his post-playing career as a scout to his hometown Tallahassee Democrat in 2015.

"Tools, talent and performance, that will never change," Reynolds told The Democrat of a scout's checklist.

By then, Reynolds had been a scout with the Brewers for years. Before that, he showed enough on that checkless to play professionally himself. He saw three seasons with the Orioles. He made high-A.

Reynolds' career began in 1989, taken by the Orioles in the 33rd round of the draft out of Liberty University.

Reynolds also played at North Florida Christian. Reynolds, a junior, initially refused to sign. his North Florida coach told The Democrat then. But the Orioles offered more money and schooling.  

Reynolds, a catcher, started with the Orioles at short-season Erie. He saw 35 games and hit .189. He hit a home run in a July win. He hit four on the year.

He moved to high-A Frederick for 1990. He saw 55 games there and hit .246. He then returned to Frederick and saw single-A Kane County. He hit .232 over 86 games that year to end his career.

He then soon turned scout with the Brewers and eventually became the organization's East Coast Crosschecker.

Among the players he signed was Lorenzo Cain. In 2014, as Cain played in the World Series with his new team, the Royals, Reynolds described to The New York Post signing Cain, who didn't play organized baseball until age 16. 

"I'd like to know if there’s anybody that’s played at his level and didn’t play baseball until that late," Reynolds told The Post. "You had guys where you’d say he was a football guy and maybe he crossed over. But we're talking about a non-athlete at any level."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,116
Made the Majors:1,364-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,752-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:556
10+ Seasons in the Minors:336

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