Caratini in September 2018
|Chicago Cubs – No. 7|
|Born: August 17, 1993|
Coamo, Puerto Rico
|June 28, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 21, 2019)
|Runs batted in||46|
Víctor Manuel Caratini (born August 17, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and 215 pounds (98 kg), he throws right-handed and is a switch hitter.
Caratini was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft out of Miami Dade College. He made his professional debut that season with the Danville Braves. After primarily playing third base his first season, Caratini played mostly as a catcher in 2014. He started the season with the Rome Braves. On July 31, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell. The Cubs sent him to the Kane County Cougars, where he finished the season. Caratini spent the 2015 season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans where he batted .257, with 4 home runs and 53 RBI's. He spent the 2016 season with the Tennessee Smokies, where be batted .291 with 6 homers and 47 RBI's. After the 2016 season, Caratini played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League and was added to the Cubs 40-man roster.
Caratini began the 2017 season with the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. The Cubs promoted Caratini to the major leagues on June 28, 2017. He appeared in 31 games with the 2017 Cubs, batting .254 with one home run and two RBIs. In 2018, Caratini played in 76 MLB games, batting .232 with two home runs and 21 RBIs. He made two pitching appearances during the season, both in late July, pitching a total of two innings while allowing two runs for a 9.00 ERA. He also played in the 2018 National League Wild Card Game, grounding out as a pinch hitter, as the Cubs fell to the Colorado Rockies, 2–1 in 13 innings. Caratini began the 2019 season as one of the Cubs' two catchers, along with Willson Contreras. Caratini made another pitching appearance on June 22, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a Cubs loss to the New York Mets.
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