December 17, 1969 |
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
|April 26, 1995, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 2, 1997, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||23|
Rudy Héctor Pemberton Pérez (born December 17, 1969 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1995 through 1997, for the Detroit Tigers (1995) and Boston Red Sox (1996–1997), playing mainly as a right fielder. He also played for the Seibu Lions in Japan at the end of 1997 and in 1998, and for the Kia Tigers in Korea in 2002. Listed at 6' 1", 185 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
Pemberton spent six years in the Tigers minor league system before joining the big team in 1995, hitting a .300 batting average (9-for-30) in 12 games. He entered the baseball record books with the 1996 Red Sox, after recording 21 hits in 41 at-bats for a .512 batting average, to collect the highest batting average for any player who had 30 or more at-bats in a major league season.
Following his major league career, Pemberton played with the Oklahoma City 89ers (1996), Pawtucket Red Sox (1996), Birmingham Barons (1999) and Memphis Redbirds (1999), being named the Triple-A All-Star outfielder during the 1996 season. He also played in the Mexican League in 2000–03 and 2005. In 11 minor league seasons he hit .336 with 113 home runs with 509 RBI in 930 games.