(Born on October 9, 1983) -- It seemed like all sorts of players passed through Buffalo during the Mets’ four years of having an affiliation with the Bisons. Jason Pridie was one such player. He’s certainly had an interesting baseball odyssey.
Pridie was born in Phoenix and set a school record with 13 triples in the high school. He was taken in the second round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2002. Pridie looked like a future star, hitting .368 in rookie ball. He worked his way up to Double-A by 2005.
Pridie’s career took a turn when he was taken by Minnesota in the Rule V draft, but didn’t make the Twins’ roster and was sent back to the Rays. He stayed there through 2007, when he was traded to Minnesota. Pridie stayed there through the end of 2009.
The Mets grabbed him off waivers in 2010. He hit .280 for the Bisons that season, and spent a little time in New York. The next year Pridie played 101 games for the Mets, and also was a Bison briefly. At the end of 2011, Pridie became a free agent.
In 2012, Pridie started with the Athletics. But he flunked a drug test and was suspended and released. The outfielder hooked on with Philadelphia’s organization for a while this past summer, but was later dropped.
--- Budd Bailey