|Atlanta Braves – No. 18|
May 12, 1983 |
|May 18, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||5|
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. He attended Gardner–Webb University from 2002 through 2006, where he played for the school's baseball team. Lalli was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference's first team as a third baseman in 2005 and as a catcher in 2006.
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. The Cubs promoted Lalli to MLB on May 18, 2012, and he made his MLB debut that day. He became the first GWU alumni to appear in MLB.
On November 14, 2012, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Lalli to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. On April 9, 2013, Lalli's contract was purchased and he was added to the Major League roster by the Brewers. He was designated for assignment on September 19, 2013 and became a free agent on October 1.
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.
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- October 2013 minor league transactions