Machado in 2012
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 13|
July 6, 1992 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 9, 2012 for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through July 9, 2014)
|Runs batted in||117|
|Career highlights and awards|
Manuel Arturo Machado (born July 6, 1992) is a Dominican-American professional third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. He attended Brito High School in Miami. Machado was drafted by the Orioles with the third overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He bats and throws right-handed.
In 2013, Machado established himself as an exciting young talent, earning a spot on the American League All-Star team on his way to leading the league in doubles with 51. He was also recognized as one of the best fielders in the game, winning a Gold Glove and the 2013 AL Platinum Glove, given to the best defender at any position. His defensive prowess has earned him frequent comparisons to former Orioles' third baseman and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
Machado was viewed as the second best high school position player in the 2010 MLB Draft. Machado was selected third overall in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and signed a $5.25 million contract with the Orioles with just three minutes left before the midnight EST signing deadline for 2010 draft picks. Machado was introduced by the Orioles in mid-September when the Orioles hosted the New York Yankees.
On August 22, Machado reported to the Orioles minor league complex to join the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Machado made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on August 27, 2010, where he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He played as the designated hitter. Machado hit his first professional home run in his second game with the Orioles. Machado made his debut with the Low-A Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York – Penn League on August 30, 2010 where he went 1-for-3 with a single. He played short stop, instead of being the DH, as he did with the Orioles, and he was pulled after the fifth inning. Machado began the 2011 season with the Delmarva Shorebirds, playing shortstop. He hit five home runs before May first, and was named the SAL player of the week for April 25-May 1. After missing several weeks with a knee injury, he returned to play 10 more games and appear in the SAL all-star game on June 21, 2011. After the game, he was promoted to the High-A Frederick Keys. He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.
Baltimore Orioles (2012–present)
The Orioles promoted Machado to the major leagues from the Double-A Bowie Baysox on August 9, against the Kansas City Royals. The following day, against the same opponent, he hit his first and second career home runs, making him the youngest Oriole and 12th youngest player in major league history to have a multi-homer game. The same fan Adam Corder was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of Machado's two home runs. The two home runs were both off of former number-one overall draft choice Luke Hochevar. He then hit his third career home run on Sunday August 12 off of Bruce Chen. In Game 3 of the 2012 ALDS, Machado hit his first career postseason home run. The Orioles lost the division series to the New York Yankees in five games.
Machado had three hits on May 27, giving him 40 multi-hit games in his career, tying Ty Cobb for the major league record for the most multi-hit games before age 21 in history; on May 30, he went 2-for-3 to break Cobb's record. Machado's 44 hits in May 2013 were the second-most in a month by a player under 21 behind Mickey Mantle's 46 in July 1952. At the end of May, Machado led the major leagues with 25 doubles and was tied for the MLB lead in hits (79) with reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. Exactly half way through the season, Machado got his 37th double, putting him on pace to break the single season record (67) in his first full season.
On June 27, 2013, Machado argued a correctly ruled strike three call, leading to his first career MLB ejection. Coincidentally, this was also the first career MLB ejection for the umpire who threw him out, Will Little.
An All-Star, he was hitting .310/.337/.470 with 7 HR, 45 RBI and 39 2B in the first half.
Machado suffered a freak left knee injury when reaching first base after a hit on September 23, 2013. Machado received immediate medical attention and left the game on a stretcher. The injury also ended his consecutive games played streak at 207. He finished the year hitting .283/.314/.432 with 14 HR, 71 RBI and 51 2B. He led the American League in doubles, at-bats (667) and fielding percentage at third base (.973)
On October 10, Machado opted to have reconstructive surgery performed on his knee to reduce the chance of future dislocations. The surgery would sideline him for 4–6 months, but he was still expected to return sometime around Opening Day.
On October 29, Machado won the Gold Glove Award at third base, the first by an Oriole third baseman since Brooks Robinson's 16-year run from 1960-1975. On November 8 of the same year, Machado won the AL Platinum Glove Award.
On April 29, 2014 he was removed from the disabled list after knee surgery recovery and on May 2 he was greeted by standing ovation from his fans after the win against Pittsburgh Pirates. During the game he scored in the eight inning against Andrew McCutchen and in the tenth inning caught Gaby Sanchez while he was running for the first base. His manager Buck Showalter was also impressed by the game saying that Machado have saved two out of three runs during a game. On June 1, 2014 Machado hit his 1st career grand slam in a 9 to 4 Orioles victory over the Houston Astros. On June 8, 2014 he struck Athletics catcher Derrick Norris with his bat during the follow-through of his swing. Norris was taken out of the game a result. In the 8th inning, Machado threw a bat in response to a second consecutive pitch from Fernando Abad targeted at Machado's surgically repaired knee. The umpires indicated that the bat was meant for Abad, but it went down the third base line. Machado and Abad were both ejected from the game. The next day, Machado issued a formal apology to his teammates and the Oakland players, specifically Derrick Norris. Machado was fined and suspended five games on June 10 for his actions two days before. After losing an appeal, Machado began serving his suspension on June 30.
Keith Law, a writer for ESPN.com and the lead baseball analyst for Scouts, Inc., said that if Machado stays at shortstop, "you have a potential All-Star offensively who is no worse than average with the glove". In the middle of his first full MLB season (2013) Fangraphs evaluated Machado as the best third baseman in baseball, by a wide margin. Machado has been compared to New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, whom he considers his mentor. Machado said "it's a great honor" to be compared to Rodriguez, but he doesn't compare himself to anyone. Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer compared Machado to another large-framed shortstop/third baseman: "He reminds me of how I think Cal [Ripken] would have been if he had played third base his entire career."
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