(c) Houston Astros

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Position: SS      Born: Dec 27, 1952      Bats: Left      Throws: Right

A native Houstonian, Craig Reynolds attended Reagan High School and was named Houston's Top High School Athlete in 1971. He was drafted in the 1st round of the 1971 Summer Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but eventually found his way back home when he was acquired by Houston from Seattle after the 1978 season for pitcher Floyd Bannister.

Reynolds was a slap-hitting shortstop who filled the infield void created by the departure of Roger Metzger. Even though he was a better hitter than Metzger, increasing offensive expectations for shortstops in the Eighties made it difficult for Reynolds to keep an everyday job. His best performance came in 1981 when he tied the major-league record with three triples in one game. That season, he led the National League with a dozen three-baggers. He remained with the Astros for 11 seasons, finishing second only to Metzger in all-time games played at shortstop for the team.

For his time in Houston, Reynolds hit .252 with 32 homers, 377 RBIs and 58 steals.