Dallas McPherson


Dallas McPherson
Dallas McPherson

Dallas playing first base for the Chicago White Sox during Spring Training in 2011.
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Third baseman
Born: July 23, 1980 (1980-07-23) (age 31)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 10, 2004 for the Anaheim Angels
Career statistics
(through July 26, 2011)
Batting average     .241
Home runs     18
Runs batted in     45
Teams

Dallas Lyle McPherson (born July 23, 1980, in Greensboro, North Carolina) is an American professional baseball third baseman in the Chicago White Sox organization.

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High school

McPherson played at Randleman High School under Coach Tommy Price. He was selected by the Atlanta Braves out of Randleman High School (Randleman, NC) in the 44th round (1323rd overall) of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.

College

McPherson was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of The Citadel in the second round (57th overall) of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

Minor League Career

In 2002 McPherson played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim affiliate the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He ended the season with a .277 batting average with 15 homeruns with 30 stolen bases and lead the team with 88 RBI's and 78 bases-on-balls.

Professional career

After attending college and playing baseball for The Citadel from 1998 to 2001, McPherson was a second round draft pick by the Anaheim Angels in 2001. Midway through his 2004 season, he shot up the ranks from Double-A minor league affiliate Arkansas Travelers to the Triple-A Salt Lake Stingers.

After garnering several minor league Player of the Year honors, McPherson was a September call-up by the Angels to fill their 40-man expanded roster. He made his Major League debut on September 10, 2004, against the Chicago White Sox. With third baseman Troy Glaus limited to the designated hitter role due to a shoulder injury, McPherson started 11 games down the stretch beginning on September 20 and was the Angels' starting third baseman in their playoff series versus the Boston Red Sox. Due to Glaus becoming a free agent and the bright future of McPherson, the Angels declined to re-sign their All-Star third baseman for the high salary he would have commanded and instead gave the job to McPherson for the 2005 season.

His rookie season in 2005 started out sluggishly, with his batting average usually around or below the Mendoza Line in April. Approximately one-third into the season, McPherson's bat heated up and he began hitting like he had been projected to do, including knocking in a pair of game-winning home runs in a series against the Kansas City Royals. His season was truncated by a hip injury, however. He underwent surgery in August 2005 to remove bone spurs.

Entering spring training in 2006, McPherson was expected to compete to be the Angels' starting third baseman. However, he did not hit well during the exhibition season, and that job fell to Chone Figgins, leaving no role on the team for McPherson. As a result, McPherson began the 2006 campaign in the minor leagues. After re-discovering his home run stroke at Triple-A Salt Lake, the Angels called McPherson back to the active roster in May.

McPherson spent the entirety of the 2007 season on the disabled list after choosing to have back surgery to fuse two vertebrate in his back.[1][2] McPherson was not offered a new contract by the Angels and became a free agent on December 12, 2007.

He signed a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins on January 31, 2008. Playing for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, he batted .275 with 42 home runs and 98 RBI. His 42 home runs led the minor leagues in 2008.[3] He was called up on September 1, 2008 and had two hits in 11 at-bats.[4]

On March 31, 2009, McPherson was released by the Marlins.[5]

On April 11, 2009 McPherson was signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants.[6]

On November 20, 2009 McPherson was signed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics, with an invitation to spring training; He was expected to compete for the starting 3rd base position.[7][8] But with more injury problems,Mc Pherson found himself playing part-time with the Oakland A's Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats.

McPherson signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on November 17, 2010. He had his contract purchased by the White Sox on May 17, 2011.[9] He was designated for assignment on May 30.[10]

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