Repko with the Minnesota Twins
December 27, 1980 |
East Chicago, Indiana
|April 6, 2005, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 20, 2012, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||67|
Jason Edward Repko (born December 27, 1980) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox.
Repko attended Hanford High School in Richland, Washington, and was a letterman in baseball. As a senior, he posted a .581 batting average with 18 home runs and 14 stolen bases. He also clocked a 94 MPH fastball from the mound. A High School All-American infielder, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, Repko skipped his high school graduation ceremony and passed on a scholarship with San Diego State University to sign with the Dodgers.
His career was slowed when he suffered a torn ACL during extended spring training in 2000 and missed most of the season. He then suffered a broken vertebra on the right side of his back, and only managed to play in 88 games for Single-A Wilmington in 2001.
Healthy for the 2002 season, the Dodgers had him switch positions from shortstop, where he had played previously, to center field while playing for the Vero Beach Dodgers. Repko hit .272 for Vero Beach, with 9 homers and 29 steals that season and was selected to the Florida State League All-Star team.
He made his MLB debut on April 6, 2005, against the San Francisco Giants. He singled off Jason Christiansen in the sixth inning for his first major league hit. His first major league home run came on April 10 in Arizona off Óscar Villarreal and homered in his first at bat at Dodger Stadium on April 12 against the Giants. He hit .221 with 8 home runs and 30 RBIs for the Dodgers in 2005, playing in 129 games.
In 2006, he was off to a fast start, but suffered a high ankle sprain and missed 2½ months, returning to the Dodgers on July 24. Repko never received much playing time after returning, buried behind the outfield rotation of J. D. Drew, Kenny Lofton, Andre Ethier, Marlon Anderson, and Matt Kemp.
Repko underwent a surgical procedure on October 20 that kept him sidelined for the first half of spring training in 2007 and then when he was finally cleared to play, he immediately suffered another injury in a spring training game on March 22, 2008 at vero beach tearing his hamstring on a warning track mishap. Earlier in the game he collided with Rafeal Furcal, sidelining Furcal and causing a severe ankle injury that hampered Furcal all season.
Repko played his first game of 2008 on June 30 against the Houston Astros, going 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts. He appeared in 22 games at the end of the season with the Dodgers after spending the majority of the season in AAA with Las Vegas.
In 2009, he played with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes and then appeared in 10 games with the Dodgers in September, primarily as a pinch runner or late inning defensive replacement.
On March 31, 2010, Repko was released by the Dodgers and became a free agent.
On April 6, 2010, Repko signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. He was called up to the Twins on June 24.
He signed with the Boston Red Sox on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training in 2012. Repko started the season in Triple A Pawtucket before being called up April 15 due to the injuries of Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Repko signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the 2013 season and played with them in 2014 also. In 2015, he signed with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
Repko signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the 2016 season. He was traded to the York Revolution. He retired while a member of the Revolution in 2016.