Rubén Tejada

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Rubén Darío Tejada (born October 27, 1989) is a Panamanian professional baseball shortstop for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

2006-09[edit]

Tejada signed with the Mets as an international free agent in 2006. He debuted in professional baseball in 2007. He has played for the Gulf Coast Mets, Venezuela Mets, St. Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets. He also played for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

Major leagues[edit]

2010[edit]

Tejada was invited to spring training with the Mets in 2010. He was the youngest position player on the Mets Opening Day roster since Tim Foli in 1971. On April 7, 2010 he made his major league debut and went 0-for-2 with a HBP in 3 AB's. On April 9, 2010 he recorded his first major league hit off the Washington Nationals' Tyler Walker.

On June 4, 2010 the Mets re-called up Tejada to replace Luis Castillo. The Mets won the game to a score of 4–3 against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.

With the activation of Luis Castillo from the DL on July 19, 2010, the Mets optioned Tejada to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He hit .212 in 104 at-bats with the Mets.[1]

He was re-called on August 7, after Alex Cora was released and Jesus Feliciano was demoted to Triple A Buffalo Bisons.

On September 5, 2010 in the seventh inning Tejada hit his first major league home run off Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo on the first pitch.

2011[edit]

On May 17, 2011 Tejada was called up to play second base, thus moving Justin Turner to third base for the injured David Wright. He ended the season with a .284 batting average in 328 at-bats.[2]

2012[edit]

Once Jose Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins, Rubén Tejada became the New York Mets starting shortstop for the 2012 season. On August 1, 2012, Tejada hit his second home run in the majors against Matt Cain of the Giants, his first home run since September 5, 2010.

Ruben Tejada playing shortstop

2013[edit]

Tejada was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad and called up shortstop Omar Quintanilla from the Mets triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51's to take his spot on the roster. After Quintanilla's unexpected performance however, The Mets optioned Tejada to Las Vegas. [3]

International play[edit]

Tejada was a member of the Panama national baseball team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He played again for team Panama during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DiComo, Anthony. "Castillo Activated, freshens up Mets' lineup." MLB.com. 19 July 2010. Web. [1]
  2. ^ "Ruben Tejada Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". MLB.com. August 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mets place struggling shortstop Ruben Tejada on the DL, recall Omar Quintanilla from Las Vegas". NY Daily News. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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