All-Time MLB Players From Louisiana: Shane Reynolds
There have been a number of individuals from Lafayette, and the Acadiana area, that have played in Major League Baseball over the years.
Obviously, the entire state of Louisiana has produced even more.
As a matter of fact, 246 people born in the state of Louisiana have appeared in a Major League Baseball game, beginning in 1874, with John Peters of New Orleans, who played 11 years, with the likes of the Chicago White Stockings, Milwaukee Grays, Providence Grays, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
All summer, we’ll preview a player from the state of Louisiana that appeared in Major League baseball, starting with players from Lafayette, before spotlighting players from the Acadiana area, and then a few from the state itself.
Yesterday, we spotlighted T.J. House.
Today, we feature Shane Reynolds.
Born in Bastrop in 1968, Reynolds, a right-handed pitcher, played parts of 13 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Houston Astros (1992-2002), Atlanta Braves (2003), and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2004).
Reynolds went to high school at Ouachita Christian, and then played his college baseball at Texas, before being selected by the Astros in the 3rd round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Reynolds made his Major League debut on July 20, 1992, pitching 3.2 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Reynolds went on to appear in 8 games for the Astros in 1992, including 5 as a starter, going 1-3, to go along with a 7.11 ERA.
After pitching only 11.0 big league innings in 1993, Reynolds became a fulltime member of the Astros' pitching staff in 1994, going on to have 6 double-digit win seasons.
1998 was arguably the best year for Reynolds, when he won a career-high 19 games, to go along with a 3.51 ERA.
Reynolds made the National League All-Star squad in 2000, when he won 7 games, most before the All-Star break.
After winning 103 games as a member of the Astros over 11 seasons, Reynolds joined the Braves in 2003, winning 11 games, before his last season in 2004, with the Diamondbacks, in which he appeared in only one game.
In parts of 13 MLB seasons, Reynolds appeared in 305 games, including 278 as a starter, going 114-96 with a 4.09 ERA over 1791.2 innings of work.