Infobox MLB player
name = Jason Pridie
width = 150
team = Minnesota Twins
number = 11
position = Outfielder
birthdate = birth date and age|1983|10|9
birthplace = city-state|Phoenix|Arizona
bats = Right
throws = Left
debutdate = September 3
debutyear = 2008
debutteam = Minnesota Twins
statyear = 2008
stat1value = .000
stat2value = 0
stat3label = Runs batted in
stat3value = 0
Jason Orville Pridie (born
October 9, 1983in city-state|Phoenix|Arizona) is a Major League Baseball outfielderfor the Minnesota Twins.
Pridie was drafted out of
Prescott High Schoolby the Tampa Bay Devil Raysin the 2nd round (43rd overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. After signing with the Devil Rays, Pridie was assigned to play with the Rookie League Princeton Devil Rays. He had an excellent 67 games with them as he batted .368 with 7 home runs. Pridie was promoted on August 28, by|2002, to Hudson Valley, the Devil Rays Single-A team. He finished the season there and batted .344 with 1 home run in 8 games. " Baseball America" named Pridie to the Rookie League All-Star team and also rated him as the best hitter and the best tools player in the Devil Rays' organization.
In by|2003-by|2004, Pridie played the entire two seasons with the Single-A
Charleston RiverDogs. Playing in 128 games during both seasons, Pridie hit .260 with 7 home runs in 2003 and .276 with 17 home runs in 2004. Pridie was also rated by Baseball America as the best defensive outfielder in the Devil Rays' organization. In by|2005, he began the season with the Single-A Visalia Oaks. He played just one game before being on the disabled listfor three and a half months from April 9to July 26. Immediately upon being activated from the disabled list, he was promoted to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. He finished the season for the Biscuits and played in 28 games for them, batting only .213 with 3 home runs.
December 8, 2005, the Minnesota Twinsselected Pridie in the Rule 5 Draft. With not enough roster room for Pridie, the Twins sent him back to the Devil Rays on March 29, by|2006. [ cite news |last=Thesier |first=Kelly |title=Twins pick up Young in six-player deal |url=http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071128&content_id=2313175&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min |work=MLB.com |date= 2007-11-29|accessdate=2007-11-30 ] Pridie did poorly in the 2006 season, playing for the Biscuits again. He played in 132 games and batted only .230 with 5 home runs. In by|2007, Pridie once again began the season for the Biscuits. With the Biscuits, he played in 71 games and batted .290 with 4 home runs. When Dustan Mohrwas promoted to the Devil Rays, Pridie was sent to the Triple-A Durham Bullsto take his roster spot on June 23, 2007. He finished the season with the Bulls, excelling in batting average (.318) and home runs (10).
November 20, 2007, the Rays purchased Pridie's contract, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. On November 28, 2007, the Rays traded Pridie along with Delmon Youngand Brendan Harristo the Minnesota Twinsfor Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett, and Eduardo Morlan.
Pridie began the by|2008 season with the Twins Triple-A
Rochester Red Wings. On July 12, he hit a go ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth and another go ahead solo home run in the top of the 13th inning to give the Red Wings a 9-8 win at Durham. [ [http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080713&content_id=3126303&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min Pridie tees off on former team's pitchers] ]
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