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Where Are They Now?: Greg Jacobs

01/27/2010 10:11 AM -

Jacobs first joined the Kansas City T-Bones during the 2005 season.  In 65 games that year, the former Anaheim Angels draft pick (13th round in 1998) posted a .348/.416/.570 line with 10 home runs and 43 RBI.  He returned for a full season in 2006, hitting .333/.444/.571 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI.  During the 2006 campaign, Jacobs finished in the top five of 10 offensive categories in the Northern League, including second in average and on-base percentage and third in slugging, total bases (190), and extra-base hits (46).  He made the 2006 Northern League All-Star team and was named Defensive Player of the Year at season’s end.  On January 3, 2007, he made his return to affiliated ball when the Philadelphia Phillies purchased his contract.

With Double-A Reading in 2007, Jacobs batted .310/.377/.539 with 21 home runs and 83 RBI but was released following the season.  The Los Angeles Dodgers signed him prior to the 2008 season and placed him in Class AA Jacksonville where he hit .276/.340/.416 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 47 games before being called up to Triple-A Las Vegas.  After hitting .346/.419/.385 with two RBI in 15 games, the Dodgers released him in June.

Jacobs rejoined the T-Bones on July 15, 2008 and hit safely in his first 12 games, posting three home runs and 16 RBI in that span.  In 44 games, Jacobs posted a .384/.452/.670 line with 11 home runs and 50 RBI.  On January 23, 2009, Jacobs again had his contract purchased, this time by the San Francisco Giants.

After beginning the 2009 season in the Mexican League, Jacobs came back to Kansas City to hit .300/.395/.492 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in 81 games.  On July 9, Jacobs doubled off Scott Koerber in the sixth inning to pass Ray Brown for first place on the franchise career doubles list.

Over parts of four seasons with Kansas City, Jacobs boasts a .336/.424/.565 line.  He currently holds franchise (since 1993) career records in games played (279), hits (365), doubles (90), total bases (614), slugging, and walks (152); and team (since 2003) records in OPS (.989), sacrifice flies (13), and hit by pitches (25).  Over his 12-year professional career, Jacobs has hit .328/.403/.541 with 118 home runs and 583 RBI.

Not bad for a player that was originally drafted as a pitcher.  (He’s 10-13 with a 5.48 ERA in 236 and one-thirds career innings).