- Full Name: Landon Reed Powell
- Born: 3/19/1982 in Raleigh, NC
- Bats/Throws: S/R
- HT: 6'3''
- WT: 265
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- Debut: 4/11/2009
- College: South Carolina
DraftAfter three seasons with the Gamecocks, Powell was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft as the 733rd overall pick in the 25th round. He did not sign with the Cubs and opted instead to play another season with the University of South Carolina. After his final season there, he entered the draft again in 2004 and the switch hitting catcher was taken in the 1st round by the Oakland Athletics as the 24th overall pick and was the Athletics' first overall pick.
Oakland AthleticsUpon signing with the Athletics on July 22, 2004, he was assigned to play for the Single-A Vancouver Canadians. He played in 38 games and hit just .237. Teammate Kurt Suzuki, also taken in the 2004 draft, got more playing time as he played in 46 games and hit .297. Both were the organizations catchers of the future and only time would tell who would reach the majors first. Powell's chances were ruined when in 2005, he was out for the entire season when he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. After a lost year, he played again in 2006, playing for the Single-A Stockton Ports and the Double-A Midland RockHounds.
Powell began the 2007 season playing for the Rockhounds. In 60 games with them, he hit .292 with 11 home runs. He was promoted to play with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on June 28. He played just 4 games for the River Cats before reaggravating the same knee that forced him to sit the 2005 season. Powell missed the rest of the 2007 season and probably will miss most of the 2008 season as well. He was considered as a possibility to split the catching duties for the major league club in 2008 but with his injury, it does not seem possible.
On November 20, 2007, the Athletics purchased his contract, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Powell made his major league debut for the Athletics on April 11, 2009 In his first major league at-bat, Powell doubled in the second inning off the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez, driving in two runs. He spent the entire season in the big leagues, yet only appeared in 46 games (36 at catcher, 6 at first base and 3 at DH), as Kurt Suzuki for the second straight year led the majors in games caught. He finished the season with .229 batting average with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.
On May 9, 2010, Powell caught Dallas Braden's perfect game.
Powell was designated for assignment on December 23, 2011 and outrighted to the Sacramento River Cats on January 5, 2012. On March 9, 2012, Powell was released by the Athletics.
Houston AstrosOn March 14, 2012, Powell signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros with an invite to spring training. On April 3, 2012, Houston assigned him to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.