August 8, 1978 |
Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic
|June 16, 2002 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through 2008 season)
|Runs batted in||11|
|Competitor for Dominican Republic|
|Central American and Caribbean Games|
Alexis DeJesus Gómez (born on August 8, 1978) is a professional baseball outfielder who currently plays for the Chunichi Dragons in Nippon Professional Baseball. He previously played for the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.
Gómez was signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 21, 1997. He spent his first 2 professional seasons with the Dominican Royals of the Dominican Summer League. Gómez hit .351 with 51 runs scored and 42 RBI in 64 games for the Dominican Royals in his 1st professional season. In 1998, he batted .283 with 1 home run and 34 RBI while playing 67 games again for the Royals in the Dominican Summer League.
In 1999, Gómez played 56 games with the Gulf Coast Royals of the Gulf Coast League and batted .276 with 31 RBI and 5 home runs. That season he was ranked 3rd in the league for at-bats, runs scored, and games played, 5th in the league for hits and home runs.
In 2000, Gómez played 121 games of High-A baseball with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League. He batted .254 and tied for 2nd in the club with 63 runs. That season, he also recorded 29 multi-hit games, including six 3-hit games.
Gómez spent the first 2 months of the 2001 season again with Wilmington, batting .302 in 48 games for the Blue Rocks before earning a promotion to Wichita Wranglers of the Texas League for Double-A baseball. He played 83 games, and pounded out 96 hits while batting .281 and also scoring 55 runs. He led the Wranglers in stolen bases and triples with 16 and 6, respectively. From April 19 through May 10 of the 2001 season, Gómez put together an 18-game hitting streak for the Blue Rocks. During that stretch, he batted .485 (33 for 68) and drove in a run or scored a run in 16 of those 18 games. With the Wranglers, Gómez also had another 18-game hitting streak from July 30 through August 19 in which he batted .368.
In 2002, Gómez made his major league debut on June 16, picking up a hit in four trips to the plate. He played 5 games with the team, and went 2-for-10 before being optioned back to the Wranglers on June 30. After being optioned back to the Wranglers, Gómez played the remainder of the season with the team, posting good numbers in the season. He hit .295 (10th in the league) in 114 games, knocking in 75 runs while also hitting 14 home runs. He stole 36 bases (4th in the league) and also hit 21 doubles and 8 triples.
Gómez was commended for his superb performance by being named to the Texas League All-Star team at the middle of the season and again at the conclusion of the season. He was also named the Texas League Player of the Week for week between April 15 and April 21. Gómez was also named the 9th-best minor-league prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America following the 2002 season.
Gómez spent the entire 2003 season with the Omaha Royals of the Pacific Coast League in Triple-A baseball. He played 121 games, batting .270 for the season and leading the team in triples and in hits, with 8 and 123, respectively. He also slammed 8 home runs and knocked in 58 RBI.
In 2004, Gómez played with Triple-A Omaha, where he batted a poor .251 for the season and only racked up 96 hits in 109 games. Gómez had another stint with the Royals at the end of the season backing up center fielder David DeJesus. He played 13 games, and went 8-for-29, also picking up his first major league RBI and runs scored.
The Royals then dropped Gómez from their roster, and he was subsequently picked up by the Detroit Tigers at the end of the season.
So, in 2005, Gómez was sent to the International League where he played Triple-A baseball for the Toledo Mud Hens. He performed exceptionally well, getting 130 hits in 114 games and maintaining an impressive .307 batting average. He made another brief appearance in the majors with the Detroit Tigers by playing in 9 games and going 3-for-16 (.188).
In 2006, Gómez played 62 games with the Tigers. He started with the team in April and was briefly sent back down to Toledo in early May, where he went 24-for-102, batting .235 in 28 games of limited action. However, he again played with the team on June 6 and stayed until on July 26, when he was designated for assignment. On August 7, 2006, Gómez had four home runs in a game, for the Toledo Mud Hens. Gómez was a surprise addition to the lineup in Game 2 of the 2006 American League Championship Series. He responded by going 2-for-4 with a 2-run single and a 2-run home run to help lead the Tigers to an 8–5 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Gomez was reacquired by the Detroit Tigers on 1-6-09.
Back to the minors
In 2007, Gómez played in the Colorado Rockies organization. On January 4, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins with an invitation to spring training. He missed a huge chunk of the season while on the disabled list though and became a free agent at the end of the season.
In 2010 Alexis Gomez signed with Vaqueros de la Laguna, of the Mexican League. He .352 with 16 home runs and 82 RBIs. He also led the league with 37 stolen bases. Following the 2010 season he was traded to the Diablos Rojos. In November 2010, Alexis Gomez was involved in a traffic accident, in which he lost control of the SUV he was driving. The SUV hit and killed a pedestrian. Gomez was rushed to a hospital.
Was named Co Hitting coach with Buck Coats for Los Angeles Angels Rookie minor league rookie team Orem for 2015 season
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)