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Jonathan Van Every: the Journeyman

FORT MYERS,FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Jonathan Van Every #60 of the Boston Red Sox poses during photo day at the Red Sox spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Sean JoyceContributor IApril 30, 2009

It seems as though Jonathan Van Every has been over looked his entire life. Van Every was not recruited by any big colleges after his playing career at University Christian High School in Mississippi.

In fact, he was barely recruited by any colleges, attending Itawamba Community College. After he seemed to easily dominate in college, he was drafted in the twenty-ninth round by the Cleveland Indians; however, they did not feel any need to quickly sign him (waiting almost a year).

Van Every then went on to spend seven seasons in the minor leagues.  He has played in 737 minor league games, taken 2443 at-bats, had 631 hits, and 122 home runs. But he had never hit a home run in the majors until last night in the top of the tenth inning.

The game winning hit was only his sixth in his major league career (all this season). The moment was not without irony, as he hit the game winner against the franchise that he played his entire career for until last season.

Van Every has always had the potential to be a major leaguer. In 2004, while playing in the Carolina League, he hit .276 with 21 home runs. In 2005, he totaled 27 home runs in 118 games while playing in the Double-A Eastern League.

And just last year he made his first All-Star team as part of the Triple-A International League. He hit 26 home runs and 199 total bases. The only thing that has kept him from being a major leaguer is that for most of his career his K/BB ratio has been similar to Adam Dunn's.

However, Van Every only got 17 at-bats last year as part of the September call-ups and only had four hits. Now that he is in the majors he wants to prove that he can compete with the big boys. And he definitely helped his case last night. Hopefully in the next article I write about him there will be more to write about.

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