Zachary Joseph Reks…was signed for the Dodgers by Marty Lamb…was just the 2nd player ever at the Air Force Academy to appear in the Major Leagues…RHP Griffin Jax made his MLB debut with MIN 2 days before Reks, on 6/8/21.
Was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster on 11/20/20… was recalled by Oklahoma City on 6/21 and went 0-for-2 in LF start that night at SD in MLB debut…returned to the minors after the game and spent three other short stints with the Dodgers (7/10-15; 7/19-22; 8/3-9)…only other start was on 7/19 in LF vs. SF…was 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter…scored runs in consecutive games, 7/10-11 vs. ARI…ranked among the Triple A West leaders in OPS (4th, .921), slugging (7th, .539), runs (T7th, 69), and on-base percentage (8th, .382) at Oklahoma City…led the team in runs, walks (46), and OBP and was 2nd in batting average (.280), homers (19-tied), slugging, and OPS…had a .316 (61-193) average in 1st 51 games through 7/30 but hit just .239 (29-124) in his final 35 contests… was ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers’ 23rd-best prospect in the 2021 midseason update.
Spent the season at the alternate site on the USC campus...Added to the 40-man roster for the first time in his career on November 20.
Spent 2019 between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he combined to slash .291/.385/.536 and collect season highs in doubles (21), homers (28), RBI (93) and walks (63)...Slashed .284/.382/.520 across 89 games in his first season at Triple-A Oklahoma City…ranked among the top OKC Dodgers in RBI (2nd, 71) runs (3rd, 57), hits (3rd, 94), walks (3rd, 48), homers (4th, 19) and doubles (5th, 19)...Turned in a combined .967 fielding percentage in the outfield, committing five errors over 150 chances in 811.1 innings with 139 putouts and six assists...Garnered Player of the Week honors on April 28 after going 10-for-20 with a pair of homers and three RBI…paced all Dodger farmhands with 93 RBI and finished second overall with 28 homers; third in total bases (238) and fourth in runs (86), hits (129) and walks (63)…hit visiting pitching at a .297 clip (46-for-155) across 44 games, compared to his .273 (48-for-176) average in 45 games away from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark…went 6-for-12 with two grand slams and 19 RBI with the bases loaded…launched his first grand slam on June 12 and completed the night going 2-for-4 with a double and five RBI…launched his second grand slam on July 23…drove in four or more in a single game six times between Tulsa and OKC.
Batted .303/.374/.424 between Double-A Tulsa (78 G) and Advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga (10 G)…connected on a combined 17 doubles, a pair of triples, five homers and 40 RBI with six stolen bases...In his first season with Double-A Tulsa, batted .288/.368/.385 with 14 doubles, a triple, three homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases across 78 games...Finished among the top 10 Drillers in runs (8th, 37), hits (7th, 75), doubles (8th, 14), RBI (8th, 33), stolen bases (5th, 5), walks (7th, 34), average (8th, .288) and total bases (10th, 100)...Hit lefties at a .333 clip with three doubles, a triple and 10 RBI in 54 at-bats…went 22-for-67 (.328) with a trio of doubles and 27 RBI with runners in scoring position…in 10 games with Advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga, batted .405 with three doubles, a triple, two homers, seven RBI and one stolen base…began the season assigned to Rancho Cucamonga before ascending to Double-A Tulsa on May 10 for the remainder of the season.
Zachary Joseph Reks…born in Chicago, IL…attended Sandburg HS (IL) before beginning his collegiate career at the U.S. Air Force Academy…played the 2013 season with the Falcons and later transferred to Kentucky where he walked on before the 2016 season…played two seasons for the Wildcats and batted a combined .344 over 118 games.