New York Yankees – No. 95
|Outfielder / Third baseman|
April 12, 1985 |
Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Adonis García Arrieta (born December 4, 1985) is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder. After playing in the Cuban National Series from 2004 through 2011, García defected from Cuba. He signed with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.
García debuted in the Cuban National Series in 2004 with Ciego de Ávila. In the Cuban National Series, Garcia began as a shortstop, and then shifted to play other infield and outfield positions. During the 2008-09 season, he had a .355 batting average, .426 on-base percentage (OBP), and .613 slugging percentage (SLG) in 282 at-bats. That season, he recorded 21 home runs and 67 runs batted in. García played for the Cuban national baseball team in the 2009 World Port Tournament, leading all players in batting average at .500. In 2010-11, his final season in the Cuban National Series, Garcia batted .334 with a .397 OBP and .623 SLG in 308 at-bats.
García then defected from Cuba in January 2011. He played the 2011-12 winter in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he hit .270 with a .313 OBP and .461 SLG in 152 at-bats during the regular season for the Navegantes del Magallanes. He then batted .376 with a .431 OBP and .548 SLG in 93 at-bats during the 2012 Caribbean Series with the Tigres de Aragua. García was named to the Caribbean Series All-Star Team as a center fielder.
In August 2011, Major League Baseball (MLB) declared García ineligible to sign for six months due to fraudulent residency paperwork. He established residency in Venezuela and MLB declared him a free agent in February 2012. García signed with the Yankees on May 2, 2012 for $400,000.
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