Tejada with the New York Mets
New York Mets – No. 11
October 27, 1989 |
Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
|April 7, 2010 for the New York Mets|
(through May 30, 2015)
|Runs batted in||124|
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.
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 Plate Appearances. On April 9, 2010 he recorded his first major league hit off the Washington Nationals' Tyler Walker.
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.
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.
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.
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. 2001 Little league World Series - Santiago Veraguas LL Pamana
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- "Mets place struggling shortstop Ruben Tejada on the DL, recall Omar Quintanilla from Las Vegas". NY Daily News. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)