Aaron Bates playing for Puerto Rico at the 2013 Caribbean Series
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|First baseman, Left Fielder|
March 10, 1984 |
Manhattan, New York
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 6, 2009 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||2|
Bates played college baseball for both the NC State Wolfpack and the San Jose State Spartans. He was a freshmen All American for the San Jose State Spartans and twice named All American for the NC State Wolfpack. His best year coming in 2005, when he had arguably the greatest offensive season in wolfpack history hitting .425-12-64 and was drafted in the 8th round by the Florida Marlins. However, he returned to school for his junior season and hit .356-10-56 and was then selected by the Boston Red Sox in 2006.
He played in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Brewster Whitecaps in the summer of 2005. He was named a Cape Cod League All Star alongside future MLB stars Evan Longoria, Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard and Chris Coghlan. Bates also won the 2005 All Star game Home Run Derby.
Boston Red Sox
He was drafted in 2006 in the 3rd round by the Boston Red Sox. His first professional season was split between the Lowell Spinners and Greenville Drive. In 2007, Bates began the year with the Lancaster JetHawks before being promoted to the AA Portland Sea Dogs. He played with Sea Dogs until June 2009, when he was promoted to AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.
In May 2009, he was the Eastern League Player of the Month while playing with the Sea Dogs.
On July 26, 2010, the Red Sox outrighted Bates to Pawtucket, thus removing him from the 40-man roster.
In March 2011 he was released from Spring Training.
On May 8, 2011 he was signed by the Minnesota Twins to a minor league contract and sent to Rochester of the International League. He went on to finish 3rd in International League in batting average, .316 and lead the league in on-base percentage at .408. Bates then re-signed with the Minnesota Twins for the 2012 season, before declaring free agency. In Spring Training 2012, he hit .400 (8-20) with the Major League Team, but was sent to the AAA Rochester Red Wings of the International League to start the season.
St. Louis Cardinals
On May 22, 2012, Bates signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was subsequently released by the Cardinals at the end of July 2012 and signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On January 29, 2014, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bates has played in the Puerto Rico Winter Baseball League (LBPRC) since 2008. Playing for the Leones de Ponce in the winter of 2008, before being traded to his current team the Criollos de Caguas. The Criollos have played in the LBPRC championship series all four years he has played with them. Winning championships in 2011 and 2013.
In 2011, Bates played for Team Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series hitting .333 over the course of 6 games. It was held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and they finished tied for 2nd with the Dominican Republic. He most recently played in the 2013 Caribbean Series hitting .333 (2-6) which was took place in Hermosillo, Mexico
Bates grew up in the small coastal town of Santa Cruz, California. He attended Soquel High School for his freshmen year, before transferring to Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California where he played both football and baseball. His senior season he was the Quarterback on the football team which went 12-1 and captured its first West Catholic Athletic League title in 25 years.
- "North Carolina State University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- Bates called up, will play first
- Aaron Bates signed to play for Rochester Red Wings
- Seimas, Jim. "La Selva Beach native Bates signs minor-league deal with St. Louis Cardinals". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved May 27, 2012.