Canadian product selected by Toronto for second time
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU redshirt senior Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary) will get a second chance to play for his hometown team the Toronto Blue Jays, as the American League East Division squad drafted the left-handed hitting catcher in the 21st round with the 625th pick on the final day of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Reeves, who was selected by the Blue Jays in the 42nd round of the 2009 draft before landing in SWFL, caps a draft that saw a program record six FGCU players taken, a figure that doubles the previous record of three set in 2008 and 2011. Reeves marks the 18th player in the program’s 11-year history to be drafted, all of which have come under the guidance of skipper Dave Tollett.
Out of the 11 draftees from the Atlantic Sun Conference in the first 21 rounds, six were Eagles. The A-Sun had a total of 18 players taken, seeing at least one player go in 13 of the 40 rounds. FGCU’s six picks were a league-best followed by four from Kennesaw State and three from UNF.
Reeves finished his four-year career fourth in games played (191) and games started (181), but saved his best for last in 2013. Starting all 57 games, including 44 behind the dish, Reeves’ .330 batting average was good for third on the club as he was the team’s leadoff man 19 times and the No. 2 hole hitter the other 38 games. Reeves produced four hit streaks of seven or more games, coming away with a base knock in 44 contests and never went hitless in three straight games. He finished with career-highs of 47 runs scored and 73 hits to go along with eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 27 RBI en route to being named an A-Sun All-Conference second team choice by College Sports Madness.
A career .300 hitter, Reeves finished with a .400 on-base percentage or better in three of four campaigns. His 201 hits rank eighth all-time, while he’s also ninth in runs scored (119) and fourth in walks (107). Reeves had a hit in 130 of 191 games played, supplying 51 multi-hit performances while being held hitless in three straight games just three times over his 181 starts. He also had 91 RBI, 25 doubles, three triples and five home runs.
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