Reds’ Farmhand Ray Chang Plays All Nine Positions In One Game
On Monday night the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos finished their regular season schedule with a match-up against the Mobile BayBears but that wasn’t the only highlight of the night as Pensacola was defeated 4-2.
Ray Chang, a natural shortstop, was given the opportunity to do something that only few before him have ever accomplished; he played all nine positions in one nine inning game. In the ninth inning he pitched which, to him was not that hard because he pitched in high school and at the start of college but due to an arm injury, had to stick with being an infielder. He retired all three batters he faced while using fastballs and knuckleballs. He’s also made four previous appearances on the mound in his minor league career
The 32 year old also went 3 for 4 on the night with a run scored with a box score that looked like the following: 1B-2B-SS-3B-LF-CF-RF-C-P.
Mark Hessman of the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens also accomplished this task in 2009 as well as Justin Toole who did in 2012 with the Atlanta Braves’ Class-A Advanced Mudcats and the Brewers’ Nathan Orf who just did it in 2014 with the High-A Brevard County Manatees.
Chang went to Rockhurst University and was then signed by the San Diego Padres in July 2005 and has also played in the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins organizations before signing with the Cincinnati Reds in January 2013.