Alejandro De Aza
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|Alejandro De Aza|
De Aza with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles – No. 12
April 11, 1984 |
Guaymate, Dominican Republic
|April 2, 2007 for the Florida Marlins|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||189|
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
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.
|Representing Dominican Republic|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Gold||2013 San Francisco||Team|
Major league career
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
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 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. 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.
- "Orioles acquire OF De Aza in trade with White Sox". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 30, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
- "Alejandro De Aza". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- The Book on Alejandro De Aza from "ScoutingBook.com"