In early January, the Columbia Fireflies – the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets – announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2020 season.
Comprised of an entirely new coaching staff, the Fireflies will be led by first-time manager Reid Brignac.
Brignac, 34, spent nine years in the majors with six different organizations from 2008-2016. He was selected 45th overall out of St. Amant High School in Louisiana by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004. The versatile infielder appeared on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list four times, with his highest ranking coming in 2006 (17th-best prospect).
Bouncing between the minors and majors for several seasons, Brignac got regular at-bats with the Rays in 2010; appearing in a career high 113 games while primarily playing the middle infield. He posted a +5 DRS in 340.2 innings at shortstop and a +2 DRS in 389.1 innings at second in 2010, with a 1.5 fWAR (7th-best among Tampa Bay position players).
After spending parts of five seasons with the Rays from 2008-12, Brignac would bounce around the next three years. He spent time with the Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves from…
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