Alejandro De Aza

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is De Aza and the second or maternal family name is Ceda.
Alejandro De Aza
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De Aza with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles – No. 12
Left Fielder
Born: (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 31)
Guaymate, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 2, 2007 for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
(through May 23, 2015)
Batting average .266
Hits 546
Home runs 41
Runs batted in 196
Teams

Alejandro Alberto De Aza Ceda (born April 11, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Florida Marlins and Chicago White Sox. He is known for his speed and defensive skills in center field.

Minor league career[edit]

De Aza was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on May 1, 2001. The Florida Marlins selected him from the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in 2004

In 2005, De Aza batted .286 with 34 stolen bases and 75 runs scored while playing for the Marlins Single-A Jupiter affiliate. In 2006, De Aza batted .278 with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and 27 stolen bases at Double-A.

Medal record
Representing Dominican Republic
Men’s Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Gold medal – first place 2013 San Francisco Team

Major league career[edit]

Florida Marlins[edit]

On March 28, 2007, De Aza was named the starting center fielder for the Marlins, beating out Reggie Abercrombie, Eric Reed, and Alex Sánchez in what was seen as a surprise. In 2007, he batted .303 (10-for-33) in nine games for the Marlins before going on the disabled list on April 16 with a right ankle sprain; an MRI in mid-May revealed that his ankle had a hairline fracture. The fractured ankle required surgery and De Aza was placed on the disabled list for the 2007 season. De Aza was called up by the Florida Marlins in May 2009.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On October 21, 2009, the Chicago White Sox claimed De Aza off waivers from the Marlins. On July 27, 2011, he hit the first home run of his MLB career, off Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.

On January 18, 2013, De Aza signed a one-year, $2.075 million deal to avoid arbitration with the White Sox. De Aza was the starting center fielder once again, and his main backups were Jordan Danks and DeWayne Wise. He would also periodically fill in at left field when Dayán Viciedo would be injured. In 153 games, he hit .264/.323/.405 with 17 HR, 62 RBI and 20 SB.

On March 31, 2014, De Aza recorded his first career multi-home run game in an Opening Day win over the Minnesota Twins.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On August 30, 2014, De Aza was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor league pitchers, Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar.[1] In his first 5 games with the Orioles, De Aza hit 2 home runs, had 3 RBI, stole a base, scored 4 runs and batted .400.[2]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

In 2013, De Aza played for the eventual 2013 World Baseball Classic winning team from the Dominican Republic, having a .208 batting average with no home runs and 3 RBI in 8 games playing in center field, going 1 for 3 in the final game against Puerto Rico.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orioles acquire OF De Aza in trade with White Sox". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 30, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alejandro De Aza". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Domi-nation: DR runs table en route to title". worldbaseballclassic.com. MLB.com. March 19, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2013 Statistics". worldbaseballclassic.com. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 

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