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Jason Pridie

New York Mets — No. --
Born: October 9, 1983 (1983-10-09) (age 26)
Phoenix, Arizona
Bats: left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 3, 2008 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .000
Home runs     0
Runs batted in     0

Jason Orville Pridie (born October 9, 1983 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the New York Mets.


Tampa Bay Rays

Pridie was drafted out of Prescott High School by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. After signing with the Devil Rays, Pridie was assigned to play with the Rookie League Princeton Devil Rays. He had an excellent 67 games with them as he batted .368 with 7 home runs. Pridie was promoted on August 28, 2002, to the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Devil Rays Single-A team. He finished the season there and batted .344 with 1 home run in 8 games. Baseball America named Pridie to the Rookie League All-Star team and also rated him as the best hitter and the best tools player in the Devil Rays' organization.

In 2003-2004, Pridie played the entire two seasons with the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs. Playing in 128 games during both seasons, Pridie hit .260 with seven home runs in 2003 and .276 with 17 home runs in 2004. Pridie was also rated by Baseball America as the best defensive outfielder in the Rays' organization. In 2005, he began the season with the Single-A Visalia Oaks. He played just one game before being on the disabled list for three and a half months from April 9 to July 26. Immediately upon being activated from the disabled list, he was promoted to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. He finished the season for the Biscuits and played in 28 games for them, batting only .213 with 3 home runs.

On December 8, 2005, the Minnesota Twins selected Pridie in the Rule 5 Draft. With not enough roster room for Pridie, the Twins sent him back to the Rays on March 29, 2006.[1] Pridie did poorly in the 2006 season, playing for the Biscuits again. He played in 132 games and batted only .230 with 5 home runs. In 2007, Pridie once again began the season for the Biscuits. With the Biscuits, he played in 71 games and batted .290 with 4 home runs. When Dustan Mohr was promoted to the Devil Rays, Pridie was sent to the Triple-A Durham Bulls to take his roster spot on June 23, 2007. He finished the season with the Bulls, excelling in batting average (.318) and home runs (10). While in Durham, Pridie was the focal point of an unofficial Bulls fanclub named "Pridie's Pack."

Minnesota Twins

On November 20, 2007, the Rays purchased Pridie's contract, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. Eight days later, the Rays traded Pridie along with Delmon Young and Brendan Harris to the Minnesota Twins for Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett, and Eduardo Morlan.

Pridie began the 2008 season with the Twins Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. On July 12, he hit a go ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth and another go ahead solo home run in the top of the 13th inning to give the Red Wings a 9-8 win at Durham.[2]

He received a September call-up, and made his major league debut on September 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays as a pinch runner for Delmon Young, and scored on a Joe Mauer double. He remained in the game in right field, and committed a game-tying error with two outs in the ninth inning, allowing the game eventually won by the Jays to go into extra innings.[3] He remained with the club for the rest of the season, not collecting a hit in six plate appearances.

Pridie batted .265 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs for the Red Wings in 2009. His only major league appearance in 2009 was as a pinch runner against the Houston Astros on June 20.[4]

New York Mets

On February 9, 2010, Pridie was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets. He will battle Chris Carter, Nick Evans and Fernando Martinez in Spring training for the fifth outfielder's job.[5]


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