Tampa Bay Rays Organization Signs NJ Jackals INF Conrad Gregor
Little Falls, NJ - The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals announce that the Tampa Bay Rays have purchased the contract of infielder Conrad Gregor. While playing in the Can-Am League, the New Jersey Jackals have sold 37 player contracts - including Gregor -- to Major League Baseball organizations. Right-handed pitcher Robert Stock was the last Jackal to be signed by an MLB organization when his contract was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds on February 19, 2017.
"We couldn't be any happier for Conrad than we are right now. He's a perfect example of what hard work, perseverance and focus can accomplish," Jackals manager Brooks Carey said. "On behalf of the Jackals organization, the fans and myself, we thank you Conrad for all you have done for us both on and off the field."
A 28-year old left-handed hitter, Gregor was a lightning rod for the Jackals offense as evidenced by his .322/.460/.515 slash line along with amassing 12 homers and 67 RBIs. Plus the Carmel, Indiana native broke the Jackals' single-season stolen base record - previously held by Chris Curran (45, 2013) -- by swiping 49 bags which ranked second in the Can-Am League. Along with his record-setting thievery, he finished in the circuit's Top 5 in 12 additional offensive categories including runs scored (85, 1st), walks (82, 1st), triples (5, 2nd), RBIs (67, 3rd), on-base percentage (.460, 3rd), hits (105, 4th), total bases (168, 4th), batting average (.322, T-4th), slugging percentage (.515, T-5th) and more. Gregor also logged a 15-game-hitting streak (.411 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI) that tied for second in the league. A member of the Can-Am League All-Star Team, the most memorable highlight of Gregor's season was his thunderous three-run homer in Game 4 of the Can-Am League Championship Series. The homer capped a five-run fourth inning that helped propel the Jackals to an eventual title-clinching 8-7 victory over the 2018 defending champion Sussex County Miners.
Gregor was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft out of Vanderbilt University where he enjoyed a highly-decorated collegiate career including his making the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2012 and 2013) as well as being named Second Team All-SEC (2011) and 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Team. Spending four years in the Astros system, his best season was in 2014 when he was named by MILB.com's Organization All-Star. While splitting time between the Single-A Quad City River Bandits (Midwest League), Lancaster Jethawks (California League) and the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) he hit .304 with 16 homers, 86 RBI and sported a .404 on-base percentage and a .509 slugging percentage. His most memorable moment of the season came while he was playing with the River Bandits. On May 24, Gregor blasted a three-run homer off of against Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League, Minnesota Twins) starting pitcher Ethan Mildren and his dad, Marty, caught it in the right-center field stands. His first homer of the season powered the River Bandits to a 4-2 lead and not only did they win the game 5-2, remarkably, this Field of Dreams moment happened in Iowa.
Following his release from the Houston Astros organization in 2017, Gregor signed with the New Jersey Jackals and had a stellar year. Over 69 games played, he batted .303 while belting 12 home runs and logging 74 RBI which ranked fourth in the Can-Am League. The Boston Red Sox signed him to a minor league contract on August 3, 2017 and assigned him to the Single-A Salem Red Sox (Carolina League) where he finished the season hitting .302 with 4 home runs and 19 runs batted in. After electing free agency at the end of the season, he returned to the Sox on a minor league deal and began the 2018 season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.
After being released by the Red Sox on May 13, 2018, he returned to the Can-Am League and signed with the Rockland Boulders where he authored a solid season with a .300 batting average, 10 homers and 53 RBI. He finished the year with the Lancaster Barnstormers where over five games he hit .421 with two home runs and four RBI.
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