Ciriaco with the Boston Red Sox
September 27, 1985 |
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
|September 8, 2010, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||51|
Pedro Joel Ciriaco Leguisamon (born September 27, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves & Texas Rangers. Ciriaco has primarily played shortstop and third base throughout his career, but has appeared at every position except for pitcher and catcher.
Ciriaco was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2003.
In 2005, Ciriaco played for the Diamondbacks' advanced rookie team, the Missoula Osprey. He then played for the team's A affiliate, the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2006. He spent the next two seasons with the Advance A class Visalia Oaks, gaining a promotion to Double-A Mobile Bay Bears in 2009. Ciriaco then began 2010 with Triple-A Reno Aces. At the beginning of the season, Baseball America ranked Ciriaco as the infielder with the best arm in the Diamondbacks' minor league system.
On July 30, 2010, Ciriaco and Chris Snyder were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for D. J. Carrasco, Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby. He was assigned to the Pirates' AAA club, the Indianapolis Indians. Ciriaco was a late season call-up for the Pirates and made his major league debut on September 8, 2010. He hit an RBI double in his first Major League at-bat, off Cristhian Martínez of the Atlanta Braves. He would play in eight games for Pittsburgh that season.
During the team's 2011 spring training, Ciriaco posted a .333 batting average while playing in a team-high 26 games. On March 27, 2011, he returned to Indianapolis after the Pirates named Rule 5 selection Josh Rodriguez to the team's Opening Day roster. The announcement came moments after Ciriaco and Rodriguez helped the Pirates defeat the Tampa Bay Rays by scoring on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the team a 5–4 victory.
Boston Red Sox
On January 3, 2012, the Boston Red Sox signed Ciriaco to a minor league contract. He attended spring training as a non-roster invitee, and led the Red Sox in batting average (.412), runs (14), hits (18), stolen bases (8), and games played (26), while collecting a .444 on-base percentage and a slugging of .651. He then was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox purchased his contract on July 6.
In 64 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Ciriaco hit for a .301 average, including four home runs and 21 RBIs.
The next day, Ciriaco made his Red Sox debut in the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees, getting the start at second. In the second game of the doubleheader, broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver named him the Player of the Game and praised Ciriaco for having a great glove at shortstop while providing some timely hits and speed on the basepaths. Ciriaco finished the game with four hits and 4 RBIs.
Also seeing time at second base and third, the three outfield positions and designated hitter, Ciriaco batted .293 with 16 stolen bases in 76 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2012. On June 10, 2013, Ciriaco was designated for assignment to make room for Will Middlebrooks.
San Diego Padres
On June 14, 2013, Ciriaco was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. Ciriaco was acquired after second baseman Jedd Gyorko went on the disabled list with a groin strain, but he saw most of his action at shortstop, as Everth Cabrera went down with a hamstring injury soon after. He hit .238/.284/.333 with 6 SB and 4 RBI in 23 games with the Padres before being designated for assignment on July 12 when Gyorko returned.
Kansas City Royals
On July 16, 2013, Ciriaco was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals. He was designated for assignment on April 5, 2014. He was eventually called back up to the roster and was again designated for assignment on June 30, 2014. Ciriaco elected free agency on September 29.
Ciriaco signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in January 2016. Ciriaco was invited to Spring Training and, through 17 games, had a batting average of .487 along with an on-base percentage of 1.013.
On July 8, 2016, the Marlins acquired Ciriaco from the Rangers in exchange for Pitcher Eric Jokisch. He was released on August 16, 2016.
On August 17, 2016, the Tigers signed a minor league deal with Ciriaco.
- 2012 – Triple-A All-Star Game selection 
- 2011 – Named the best defensive infielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League system by Baseball America
- 2010 – All-Star Futures Game selection
- Named by Baseball America as the best defensive shortstop in the Southern League
- SOU Post-Season All-Star
- SOU Mid-Season All-Star
- CAL Post-Season All-Star
- CAL Mid-Season All-Star
- 2006 – MIDW Mid-Season All-Star
His younger brother, Audy, plays in Minor League Baseball.
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- MiLB.com – 2012 International League All-Star Team
- MiLB.com – Career profile