Reid Brignac had his chances. It was heart-wrenching to watch Brignac struggle as mightily as he did as the Rays’ starting shortstop in 2011, bu the Rays stuck with him as long as they could before deciding they had seen enough. It was abrupt end to what looked like would be an extremely productive career for Brignac in a Rays uniform. For the 2007 Montgomery Biscuits, third baseman Evan Longoria, playing in his first full season as a pro, led the team with 20 home runs. Second on the team with 17 homers was shortstop Reid Brignac. The Rays never thought Brignac would be nearly as good as Longoria- but they did believe that he would playing alongside Longoria on the left side of their infield for years to come. However, it just never came together. While Longoria starred for the Rays, Brignac saw his career coming apart. Even when Longoria went on the DL for most of 2012, Brignac couldn’t even crack the Rays’ major league roster. And now Brignac is gone from Tampa Bay, having been traded to the Colorado Rockies. Evidently, it’s quite appropriate that Colorado was the place he ended up.
The 2005 Long Beach State Dirtbags featured a left side of the infield scouts drooled over: junior shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and sophomore third baseman Evan Longoria. Longoria had been a shortstop in high school and at junior college, but he deferred to the more established Tulowitzki and moved to third base. After Longoria was selected 3rd overall by the Devil Rays in the 2006 MLB Draft and went pro, it was Brignac who had the opportunity to play the role of Tulowitzki and star alongside Longoria. Now that Brignac has failed, though, it’s the real Tulowitzki who’s in his way, making his future as a starting shortstop in the big leagues look bleak. Unlike Longoria, Brignac can’t just move to another position and be an impact player. His bat has never come along and he’s best known for his defense at shortstop these days. His role with the Rockies if he can hit well enough to get playing time is going to be to make some starts in place of Tulowitzki after Tulowitzki (exactly like Longoria) struggled through an injury-riddled season in 2012 and looks to work his way back. If Brignac can somehow makes a breakthrough at the plate, maybe starts at second base and third base could be in order, but at this point, Brignac has slipped from potential star shortstop to backup at best. Brignac has the privilege of playing with two former Long Beach State stars in Longoria and Tulowitzki. However, while everything was lined up perfectly for him to play alongside the first, he’s stuck behind the second and it’s going to take a shocking series of events for him to get another chance.