Tiago Magalhães

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Tiago Campos de Magalhães

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tiago Magalhães played five years in the US minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds chain, has played in Japan and for the Brazilian national team. He is listed in US sources as Tiago Campos but is listed elsewhere as Tiago Magalhães.

In 2000, Magalhães debuted in the US with the GCL Reds and hit .198/.241/.277 with 10 steals in 14 tries. The next year, he hit .238 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI for the DSL Reds, tying Rudy Guillen for the Dominican Summer League lead in home runs. In 2002, Tiago hit .233/.258/.267 in 8 games for the GCL Reds and .357/.446/.500 in 18 games for the Billings Mustangs. Overall, he stole 7 bases in 9 attempts. He batted .143/.200/.357 as Brazil's DH in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, striking out in 7 of 14 at-bats.

Magalhães split 2003 between Billings (.250/.250/.750, 4 HR, 10 RBI in 7 games) and the Dayton Dragons (.194/.226/.303). In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, the right-handed outfielder hit .200/.273/.525 with four of his eight hits being home runs. He scored eight and drove in 9 runs in 10 games in center field. He tied Frederich Cepeda, Sharnol Adriana and Naotaka Takehara for third in the Cup in home runs, one behind Audes de Leon and Takashi Yoshiura.

Tiago spent another year with Billings (.341/.426/.500 in 14 games) and Dayton (.196/.217/.275 in 31) to complete his Organized Baseball career. Magalhães helped Bazil win the 2005 South American Championship and hit .414/.500/.621 in the 2005 Baseball World Cup with six RBI in eight games. He was 3 for 3 against Panama, the eventual Bronze Medal winner. Tiago was the only Brazilian named to the tournament All-Star team, joining Panama's Freddy Herrera and the Netherlands' Danny Rombley in the outfield. Among those he beat out were future major leaguers Lastings Milledge and Alexei Ramirez.

His World Cup performance earned him interest from Japan and he signed with a team there. In the COPABE qualifier for the 2008 Olympics, Magalhães hit ,391/.391/.870 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI in five games. He was one shy of the home run lead which was shared by Yulieski Gourriel, Alexander Mayeta , Mark Reynolds and three others. In the 2007 Pan American Games, Magalhães was just 1 for 6 as a part-time outfielder alongside two present minor leaguers, Anderson Gomes and Paulo Orlando (Orlando would make the majors). He did drive in Brazil's only run in their lone win, a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua behind the pitching of Cláudio Yamada and Kleber Ojima.

The São Paulo native was 2 for 5 with two doubles, a run and a RBI in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers to help Brazil win a spot in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, their first World Baseball Classic. In the Classic itself, he started in left for Brazil and hit .333/.333/.417. He tied Juan Muñiz and Leonardo Reginatto for the team lead with four hits, was third in average, OPS and OBP and second in slugging (behind Reginatto). He helped Brazil to a Silver Medal at the 2015 South American Championship. Hitting third for Brazil in the 2016 South American Championship, the veteran produced at a .368/.556/.368 clip with seven runs and seven walks as the team won all seven games for its first title since their 2005 one (for which he had also been present). In the Gold Medal game, he was 3 for 5 with a run and two RBI against Argentina.

Magalhães was a CF-DH for Brazil in the 2018 South American Championship, hitting 3rd. He was still very productive, at .444/.500/.556 with 5 runs. He tied Eduardo Zurbriggen for 4th in the tournament with 8 hits and he was 5th in average. He was 1 for 4 in the 7-1 Gold Medal Game loss to Argentina, getting one of their three hits off knuckleballer Diego Echeverría.