August 21, 1969|
La Romana, Dominican Republic
|Died: October 28, 2000
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|September 2, 1990, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 15, 1996, for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||223|
Andújar Cedeño Donastorg (August 21, 1969 – October 28, 2000) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop from 1990 to 1996. Born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, he played for the Houston Astros from 1990 to 1994, the San Diego Padres in 1995, and in 1996 played for the Padres, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros again. His brother is former MLB player Domingo Cedeño. Four years after he last appeared in the major leagues, Cedeño was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
Cedeño was a highly regarded prospect in the Astros minor league system. Baseball America named him the 55th best prospect in the minor leagues in 1990, and the 2nd best overall prospect in 1991. He hit for the cycle in 1992 and was a career .236 hitter. His best season was in 1993 for the Astros, where he hit 11 home runs, 58 RBI, and a .283 batting average.
Cedeño played for twelve seasons in the Dominican League for Toros del Este, becoming team captain and finishing with 331 hits, 48 doubles, 9 triples and 19 home runs, 146 RBI, 123 runs scored, received 70 walked and stole 19 bases. He had a remarkable participation in the championship from 1994 to 1995, when the team won its first national title. His number 10 is in the wall of the center of Estadio Francisco Michelli in his honor. A stadium in La Romana was named after Andújar Cedeño, where they built a statue of him that was placed in the stadium.
He died in an automobile accident on October 28, 2000, while heading to his home in La Romana, Dominican Republic. It took place after a game between the Tigres de Licey and the Azucareros del Este in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While on his way home, the Mercedes Benz he was driving collided with a truck, killing him instantly. He died from severe head injuries. He was survived by three children: Andújar Junior Cedeño, Ashley Prenza, and Michael Cedeño.