d'Arnaud with the Braves in 2016
|Infielder / Outfielder|
January 21, 1987 |
|June 24, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through June 21, 2017)
|Runs batted in||31|
Chase Jonathan d'Arnaud (born January 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball utility player who is currently a free agent. He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, and Boston Red Sox.
High school and college
d'Arnaud graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 2005. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 44th Round of the 2005 MLB Draft, but he chose to attend Pepperdine University. He played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League in summer 2006 and he played with the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod Baseball League during summer 2007. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th Round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
Professional baseball career
d'Arnaud made his professional baseball debut in 2008, playing for the State College Spikes. In 2009, he played for the West Virginia Power and the Lynchburg Hillcats. In 2010, he played for the Altoona Curve.
In 2011, d'Arnaud was playing for the Indianapolis Indians when he was called up to the majors by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time on June 24. In his major league debut, he recorded his first major league hit, a triple, off Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. d'Arnaud appeared in 48 games for the Pirates in 2011, batting .217, with six runs batted in and 12 stolen bases.
In 2012, d'Arnaud played 98 games for Indianapolis, batting .252 with 34 stolen bases. He was recalled by the Pirates on September 10, 2012. He played eight games for the Pirates in 2012, scoring a pair of runs and getting a stolen base.
On March 20, 2013, the Pirates placed d'Arnaud on the 60-day disabled list after surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. d'Arnaud started a rehab assignment with the Bradenton Marauders on May 16. On May 18, his rehab assignment was transferred to the Altoona Curve, and then to the Indianapolis Indians on May 25. He was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Indianapolis on May 31, where he played the rest of the season.
d'Arnaud was designated for assignment on February 24, 2014 when Brent Morel was claimed on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent the season with Indianapolis, and his contract was selected by the Pirates on September 2 after the rosters expanded. He appeared in eight games for the Pirates in 2014, and was used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.
On November 3, he was outrighted to Indianapolis, and elected free agency. d'Arnaud signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on November 13, 2014. He spent the 2015 minor league season with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. His contract was selected by the Phillies from Lehigh Valley on September 14, 2015.
d'Arnaud is also known for his musical pursuits. In summer 2016 he performed at Bonnaroo Music Festival.
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