Jeffrey Todd Bailey was born on November 19, 1978 in Longview, Washington. He is a utility fielder and designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox.
He began his career in the minors as a catcher, but had to convert to other positions due to a problem with his throwing arm.
Jeff is 6’ 2”, weighs 200 pounds, and bats and throws right.
High SchoolJeff graduated from Kelso High School in Kelso, Washington.
CollegeJeff attended Texas A&M University.
Minor LeaguesJeff was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 1997 First Year Player draft. He made his way through the Marlins’ farm system until 2001.
In March 2002he was traded to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later (Wilson Valdéz). He played in the Expos system until October 2003 when he was granted free agency.
Jeff signed as a free agent with the Red Sox organization on November 7, 2003, then again on December 15, 2004, December 10, 2006 and December 13, 2007.
He worked his way up through their minor league system.
He participated in the Red Sox’ 2007 spring training before being sent back to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Major LeaguesJeff was called up from Pawtucket on July 6, 2007, and made his MLB debut for the Red Sox, replacing the injured Kevin Youkilis at first base, going 0-4.
His first major league hit was a home run on July 8, against Detroit Tigers southpaw Nate Robertson. He was optioned back to Pawtucket on July 12, 2007, to make room on the active roster for pitcher Joel Piñeiro.
He participated in the Red Sox 2008 spring training camp, but was reassigned to the minor leagues on March 8.
Jeff’s contract was purchased by the Red Sox on May 30, 2008, and he is currently on the major league roster.
PersonalJeff, single, lives in Kelso, Washington in the off-season.