Blake Lalli

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Blake Lalli
Blake Lalli on April 21, 2008.jpg
Lalli with the Peoria Chiefs in 2008
Atlanta Braves – No. 18
Catcher/First baseman
Born: (1983-05-12) May 12, 1983 (age 33)
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 18, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .135
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 5
OBP .154

Blake Thomas Lalli (born May 12, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher and first baseman in the Atlanta Braves organization. He has also played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.


Lalli graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, in 2001.[1] He attended Gardner–Webb University from 2002 through 2006, where he played for the school's baseball team.[2] Lalli was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference's first team as a third baseman in 2005 and as a catcher in 2006.[2]

Undrafted out of college, Lalli signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in 2006. He was named a Southern League All-Star in 2009, 2010, and 2011.[3] The Cubs promoted Lalli to MLB on May 18, 2012, and he made his MLB debut that day.[3] He became the first GWU alumni to appear in MLB.[2]

On August 27, 2012, the Athletics acquired Lalli from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Anthony Recker.[4]

On November 14, 2012, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Lalli to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.[citation needed] On April 9, 2013, Lalli's contract was purchased and he was added to the Major League roster by the Brewers.[citation needed] He was designated for assignment on September 19, 2013 and became a free agent on October 1.[5]

Lalli signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in October 2013. He became a minor league free agent after the 2014 season and on November 26, 2014 he signed a minor league deal to return with the team.

On September 11, 2016, Lalli was called up from AAA Gwinnett Braves to the Atlanta Braves.[6]


Lalli resides in Boiling Springs, North Carolina during the baseball offseason.[2]


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