|Toros de Tijuana – No. 5|
|Third baseman / First baseman|
August 14, 1988 |
|September 7, 2011, for the Seattle Mariners|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||16|
Alex Liddi (born August 14, 1988) is an Italian professional baseball third and first baseman for the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League. Liddi played for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2011 through 2013. He is the first player born and raised in Italy to play in MLB.
Liddi was signed as a non-drafted free agent from Italy on September 9, 2005 by Seattle Mariners scouts Wayne Norton and Mauro Mazzotti. He began his professional career with the Peoria Mariners in 2006, hitting safely in 34 of 47 games. He finished tied for fourth in the Arizona League in hits with 57 and slugging percentage with a .500 clip, fifth in extra-base hits with 22 and tied for ninth in average batting .313. Liddi also led team with 13 doubles and recorded 15 multi-hit games, including eight season-high three-hit games. He had season-high eight game hitting streak, batting .469 from July 19 – 28. He hit his first career home run on July 20 against the Arizona League Angels. He hit .352 in 23 games in July. He hit .384 in 22 games at home, compared to .250 in 25 road games. Liddi was promoted to the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on August 24, appearing in 11 games.
In 2007, Liddi spent the entire season with Wisconsin. He led the Timber Rattlers in doubles with 28, RBIs with 52, at-bats with 400, games played with 113 and total bases. 41 percent of his hits went for extra-base hits. He recorded an RBI in six consecutive games from May 28 – June 2. He hit .282 in 23 games in the month of July.
He spent his second season with the Class-A Wisconsin in 2008, appearing in a career-high 125 games. He recorded a career-high five hits, going 5-for-5 with three runs scored and two doubles on June 14 against the Clinton Lumberkings. In the month of June, he hit .312 with 12 runs scored, five extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 21 games. He hit .308 with 16 runs scored, 11 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs in 29 games in August. Liddi participated in the Mariners Arizona Fall League in Peoria, Arizona.
Liddi had a break-out season in 2009, batting a league-leading .345 with 23 home runs and 104 RBIs in 129 games with the Class-A High Desert Mavericks. His batting average led all Mariners minor leaguers, while his 104 RBI tied with teammate Joe Dunigan for the organizational lead. Despite having the highest batting average among full-season minor league players, Liddi shared the California League batting title with Koby Clemens. He was named the California League Most Valuable Player, after ranking in the top-5 in the league in hits, doubles, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, and runs scored. He recorded 53 multi-hit games, while also knocking in at least two runs 28 times. A native of Italy, Liddi played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic in March. In June he was one of four Mavericks on the California League All-Star Team, and in July he participated in the All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis, Missouri. At season's end, Liddi was named the Topps California League Player of the Year. He was also named the Mariners' Minor League Player of the Year in September. Liddi was selected by MLB.com as the Mariners Organization Player of the Year.
Liddi participated in his first Spring training with the Mariners in 2011. He hit grand slams in back-to-back games before being demoted to the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, on March 12, 2011. In 8 Spring training games, Liddi hit for a .385 batting average and a .429 on-base percentage, with an OPS of .846. Liddi began the 2011 season in Tacoma. He hit .259 with 30 home runs, 104 RBIs and a Pacific Coast League-leading 121 runs in Tacoma. Liddi was called up by the Seattle Mariners in September and made his MLB debut on September 7, becoming the first native Italian to play in MLB. He got his first career hit on September 9 against the Kansas City Royals. He hit his first career home run on September 19 against the Cleveland Indians. The following day, September 20, he hit his second career home run against the Minnesota Twins.
Liddi began 2013 as the Rainiers Opening Day third baseman. After hitting .267 with 9 HR and 37 RBI in 50 games over the first two months, Liddi was recalled on May 29. After appearing in 8 games, he was optioned back to Tacoma. He was used as a backup at first base for Kendrys Morales, and he was used off the bench, hitting 1-17 with a double and a walk. He appeared in 9 more games with Tacoma before being designated for assignment on June 28.
On July 6, 2013 Seattle traded Liddi and their No. 3 international slot ($277,500) to Baltimore for their No. 2 international slot ($351,200). He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, where in 49 games at first and third base, he hit .222 with 4 HR and 22 RBI. On September 6, after not earning a call-up when the rosters expanded, he was designated for assignment to make room for Chris Dickerson, and he was outrighted off the roster 2 days later. After the season, he became a minor league free agent.
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
A few days later, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He wound up playing in 44 games for the Isotopes and 36 for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. He hit .219 for the Isotopes and .216 for the Lookouts.
Kansas City Royals
On January 10, 2015, Liddi signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.
On January 12, 2016, Liddi resigned with the Baltimore Orioles on a minor league deal. The news broke on the same day that pitcher Wei-Yin Chen signed with the Miami Marlins and Gerardo Parra signed with the Colorado Rockies, both leaving the Orioles. He was released on April 1, 2016.
Tigres de Quintana Roo
In December 2016, Mexican reporter tweeted that he would play for Japanese team; however, nothing more apparent including which team he would play.
Toros de Tijuana
- Mariners name Alex Liddi Minor League Player of the Year; Erasmo Ramirez named Pitcher of the Year mariners.com
- M's minor-leaguers made splash this year Archived September 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. seattletimes.com
- Topps, MiLB name Players of the Year
- Mariners name Alex Liddi Minor League Player of the Year; Erasmo Ramirez named Pitcher of the Year
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- Italian third baseman Liddi makes Majors debut
- A Breakthrough for Italy by a Player of the World
- Olivo flirts with cycle as Mariners club KC
- Eaton, Nick (May 29, 2013). "Brandon Maurer down, Alex Liddi up as Mariners roster shake-up continues". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- "Orioles acquire INF Alex Liddi from Seattle in exchange for international signing bonus slot #2". 6 June 2013.
- "White Sox sign Alex Liddi". South Side Sox. November 15, 2013.