Kyle Waldrop (outfielder)
Waldrop at the 2017 Texas League All-Star Game
|Born: November 26, 1991|
Fort Myers, Florida
|August 2, 2015, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 16, 2016, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||1|
Waldrop attended Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Florida and played American football and baseball. Waldrop was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He had been offered to play college football at the University of South Florida, but signed with the Reds for a $500,000 signing bonus and the Reds agreeing to pay for four years of college. Waldrop made his professional debut that season for the Arizona League Reds.
In 2011, Waldrop played for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League, and was ranked as the 21st overall prospect in the Reds' organization. In 2012, he played for the Class A Dayton Dragons. In 2013, Waldrop earned a promotion to the Advanced A Bakersfield Blaze. During the season with Bakersfield, he hit 21 home runs, which ranked second among all Reds minor leaguers. Additionally, from July 28 to August 10 of that year, Waldrop went on a 14-game hitting streak while batting .370.
2014 was a breakout year for Waldrop. He began the season in Bakersfield once again, and while there, had a great season and was named the MVP of the California League All-Star Game. He was then promoted to the Class AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos on June 18. Across 131 games in 2014 with Bakersfield and Pensacola, Waldrop batted .338/.385/.516 with 37 doubles, 14 home runs, 67 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. He was named the Reds organization's Minor League Hitter of the Year, and following the end of the season played in the Arizona Fall League where he batted .300. On November 20, he was added to the 40-man roster.
Waldrop made his MLB debut on August 2, 2015. In 23 at bats between 2015 and 2016, he batted .217/.250/.261.
He was made a free agent in November 2016.
Lancaster Barnstormers & Retirement
Waldrop announced his retirement on May 8, 2018.
- Reds give USF signee Waldrop $500k bonus
- Hefty signing bonus lured outfielder away from football
- Eddy, Matt (December 24, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Dec. 10–22". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
- "Barnstormers Bring Back Reynolds, Sign Waldrop". Lancaster Barnstormers. Retrieved March 19, 2018.