Martín Maldonado

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Maldonado and the second or maternal family name is Valdés.
Martín Maldonado
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Maldonado with the Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 12
Catcher
Born: (1986-08-16) August 16, 1986 (age 30)
Naguabo, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2011, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .217
Home runs 28
Runs batted in 111
Teams
Martín Maldonado
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Puerto Rico
World Baseball Classic
Silver medal – second place 2013 San Francisco Team

Martín Benjamín Maldonado Valdés (born August 16, 1986) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Professional career[edit]

Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels[edit]

Maldonado was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 27th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft. He played his first professional season for the rookie-level Arizona League Angels that season. In 2005, he again played for Arizona and the rookie-level Orem Owlz. After playing one more season for the Arizona Angels in 2006, he was released.

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

In 2007, Maldonado signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and played for the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League. He played for the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League in 2008. He began the 2009 season with the Manatees, but was called up to the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League at mid-season. However he returned to the Manatees to finish out the 2009 season.

Maldonado played the majority of 2010 with Nashville, but also spent time with Huntsville and Brevard County. He made his Major League debut on September 3, 2011 and played in 3 games for the Brewers after his callup, striking out in his only at-bat.

Maldonado was called up to the Brewers yet again in May 2012 when starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy went down with a freak hand injury due to his wife dropping a suitcase on it. He played 78 games for the Brewers in 2012. He remained in the majors for the 2013 season.

Maldonado is known for his involvement in an unusual play in which he hit the cover off the baseball. In a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18, 2014, Maldonado hit a ground ball to third base. However, by the time Pirates third baseman Pedro Álvarez fielded the ball, the cover had partially come off the baseball and was hanging off the side; Alvarez threw the ball to first anyway but the ball fell apart in midair, made it to first on several hops, and Maldonado was awarded an infield hit.[1] On May 10, 2015 Maldonado hit a walk off single against the Chicago Cubs. The single was his first walk off hit in his major league career. On May 31, 2015 Maldonado caught a 17 inning game and also hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 17th against the D-Backs, his first career walk-off home run.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On December 13, 2016, Maldonado and Drew Gagnon were traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Jett Bandy.[2]

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