July 17, 2011; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac (15) reacts after striking out in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in 16th innings. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Reid Brignac Is in Serious Trouble


Ever since he was the Rays’ starting shortstop to begin 2011, everything has come crashing down for Reid Brignac. Brignac started 2012 on the Rays’ roster but was sent down to Triple-A Durham and hasn’t come back. With Durham he has posted just a .141/.244/.254 line as I’m writing this. He missed time because of a back injury. And the Rays have done everything to avoid bringing him back to the big leagues. They have brought up Will Rhymes. They have acquired Rich Thompson and Drew Sutton. And right now their problem is too many big league infielders. Brignac isn’t going to get called up any time soon.

Brignac has to stay healthy and he has to have more plate discipline. He had a 4-walk game with Durham but just 5 walks in his other 20 games. He has hit just 4 homers in 412 plate appearances since hitting 8 in 326 PA’s in 2010. Brignac has a long way to go to get back. Brignac is now 26, not old, but not exactly young anymore. Time is running out. Any move know could be the move that caused Brignac to be designated for assignment. If that did happen, Brignac would likely pass through wavers anyway. No one would want him. Everything has fallen apart. It’s up to Brignac to pick up the pieces.

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