Dec 4, 2014

Former Mets Infielder: Ruben Gotay (2007)

Ruben Bruce Gotay was born on Christmas Day 1982 in Puerto Rico. The infielder was drafted at 17 years old in the 31st round of the 2000 draft by the Kansas City Royals. In 2004 he batted .289 at AAA getting himself a call up to the Royals where he played in 44 games & batted .270.

The next season he saw action in 86 games, playing 81 of those games at second base for the Royals where he posted a .980 fielding %. Although at the plate his batting average fell off to .227 with 5 HRs & 29 RBIs. He was back in the minors the next season, & in July of 2006 he was traded to the New York Mets for Jeff Keppinger.

Keppinger who was once considered a fine prospect in the Mets organization went on to have a good career in Cincinnati & Houston. In 2010 he batted .288 with 34 doubles 6 HRs & 59 RBIs for Houston, posting the leagues 4th best fielding % for second baseman at .989. Looking back this was a terrible Omar Minaya trade & instead of having Luis Castiilo stinking up the position for the past three seasons , Keppinger would have been a better solution.

Gotay spent 2006 at Norfolk & then began 2007 at AAA New Orleans.

He was called up that summer & did well in New York filling in for an injured Castillo & taking over for Jose Valentin who was at the end of his career. Gotay took over a position that needed to be filled; overall he appeared in 98 games, batted a career high .295 with 12 doubles 4 HRs 12 doubles & 24 RBIs.

The following spring he was placed on waivers & picked up by the Braves. In 2008 he played in 88 games for Atlanta batting .235 & getting released at the end of the year to free agency. Since then he has been with the Arizona D-backs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays & Atlanta Braves organizations never making it back to the big leagues.

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