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2011 marks first season as Halos bullpen catcher following four seasons as Angels' roving catching coordinator...Filled in as bullpen catcher in 2010 for Steve Soliz, who took control of bullpen coach Orlando Mercado's duties while he recovered from a broken arm.
Spent seven seasons (1999-2005) as catcher in Angels' farm system before being traded to Oakland, June 30, 2005 (for cash considerations)...Played final minor league season (2006) in Texas organization...Compiled .244 (356/1461) batting average with 167 runs scored, 79 doubles, four triples, 27 home runs and 192 RBI in 423 career minor league games...Played 12 games for Angels in 2003 as a September call-up and made major league debut Sept. 5 vs. Kansas City (no plate appearance)...Made first Major League start in second game of doubleheader, Sept. 6 vs. Kansas City, collecting first hit (single) in first at-bat...His two-run single Sept. 24th vs. Seattle proved to be game-winner and marked first two RBI of Major League career...Drafted by Angels in 27th round of 1999 free agent draft and signed, June 5, 1999...Played for Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, he graduated from Tottenville High School (Staten Island, NY) in 1995...Attended Troy State (AL) University (1996-99).2003 September call-up had contract selected from triple-A Salt Lake Sept. 5 and made ML debut behind plate in ninth inning (No PA) same day...One of six Angels rookies to make ML debut in 2003...Prior to call-up, spent entire 2003 season at Salt Lake, batting .221 (40/181) with 26 runs scored, 10 doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI in 54 games...Did not commit an error in 53 games as catcher with Stingers (308 TC)...Made first ML start in second game of doubleheader, Sept. 6 vs. Kansas City, collecting first ML hit (single) in first at-bat...2-run single in 4th inning Sept. 24th vs. Seattle proved to be game-winner and marked first two RBI of ML career...Missed action from June 16-Aug. 1 with Salt Lake due to strained right oblique muscle. 2004