Larry DeWayne Wise
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DeWayne Wise made his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000. The Columbia, S.C. native joins a lineup including Orlando Hudson, another SC resident.
He was recalled to the Blue Jays from AA Tennessee during the 2002 season. Prior to the call-up, Wise was making a name for himself in the Southern League. He also participated in the 2002 AA All-Star game and hit an inside-the-park home run.
He graduated from Chapin High School in 1997 and was a standout in baseball, football and basketball. His accolades included All-State selection in baseball and football for three consecutive seasons, conference Player of the Year in football his senior season and All-Conference in basketball.
In 2001, as a member of AA Tennessee of the Southern League, he hit 5 triples. He hit .311 with 17 RBIs in 119 at-bats after promotion from A Dunedin.
A Rule 5 draft pick from the Reds, Wise joined the Blue Jays in 2000 and hit .136 in 28 games. He returned in August to join the AA Smokies and hit .250 in 15 games with 2 HR and 8 RBI. He was activated by the Blue Jays in September and appeared in 9 games. Following the 200 season, he played with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
"I feel down the line that Dewayne Wise has the chance of being an outstanding young outfielder and that he will help our organization," said then-Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi when asked about Wise in an online chat.. We do not wish to let Cincinnati get him back and that's why we will keep him on the roster"
Sources: mlb, total baseball