Tampa Bay Rays 2010 Top 10 Prospects: Where Are They Now?
By Seth Carter
7. Reid Brignac
Major League Career: 5 yrs (None with Rays)
Major League rWAR: -1.4 (0.6 w/ Rays)
Reid Brignac was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second round of the 2004 draft. Brignac debuted in 2008 with the Rays and played in Tampa until 2013 when he was sent to the Rockies. During his time with the Rays, he slashed .227/.268/.317 in 256 total games. He went on to play for five more teams, totaling nine years in the big leagues.
Brignac was a good defensive middle infielder and was able to maintain a presence in the majors for nearly a decade. His career slash line sits at .219/.264/.309.
6. Nick Barnese
Major League Career: N/A
Major League rWAR: N/A
Nick Barnese was drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He had a solid minor league career with a total record of 31 wins and 23 losses. He finished with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP and 3.0 walks per nine. Barnese never made it past Double-A with the Rays. His final major league affiliated season was in 2012. He has played in various independent baseball organizations since.
In 2019, he played for the Sonoma Stompers in the Pacific Association where he went 7-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 13 starts. In his 63.2 innings pitched struck out 73 batters. He is currently 31 years old and still an effective pitcher in the independent circuit. He pitched well at every step major league affiliated ball except for AA-Montgomery in 2012 when he posted a 5.40 ERA. However, he did post a 3.76 ERA in 2011, the previous season.
It seems unlikely that he’ll find another shot with a major league organization, but there’s no doubt he’s still a talented pitcher with a passion for the game.