Mar 10, 2016

2016 Mets Reserve Outfielder: Alejandro De Aza (2016)

Alejandro Alberto De Aza was born on April 11th, 1984 in the Dominican Republic. The left hand hitting outfielder was signed out of high school by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001. In 2004 he was selected by the Florida Marlins in the Rule 5 draft.

He batted .286 & stole 34 bases in A Ball, following up with 27 more steals batting .278 at AA Ball the next year. In 2007 he surprised everyone by winning the centerfield job with the Marlins beating out other players with more experience. But a fractured ankle & surgery ruined his bid to remain in the line up & he played in just 67 games in three seasons, missing all of 2008.

He was placed on waivers getting picked up by the Chicago White Sox, he played there as a back up getting a chance to start in 2013 when he had his best season.

De Aza hit 17 HRs with 27 doubles 62 RBIs while batting .264 in 153 games. He won the Player of the Week Award for July 14th, 2013. In four seasons with the White Sox, he was in the leagues top ten in triples & stole twenty bases twice. On Opening Day he had his first career multi HR games, leading the Orioles in a win over the Minnesota Twins.

In 2014 he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor leaguers to help the O's in their playoff run. In Game #1 of the ALDS he hit a pair of doubles while driving in two runs as the Orioles romped the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in the opener at Camden Yards. In the ALCS he had two more two hit games (Games #1 & #2) against the Kansas City Royals before getting shut down in the next two games.

In 2015 he played for the Orioles, then the Boston Red Sox (60 games) & the San Francisco Giants (24) games. In 90 games he hit .262 with 7 HRs 17 doubles & 35 RBIs. He posted a .987 fielding % with four assists.

In December of 2015 he was signed by the New York Mets, originally to share time in centerfield with Juan Lagares. When the Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes his role has changed to reserve outfielder.

Family: De Aza is married & has one child.

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