Attended Liceo Eugenio Maria De Hostos in the Dominican Republic.2007Twenty-two year-old was recalled Aug. 19 from
AAA Durham with Ben Zobrist heading to the
He hit .243 (9-37) in 15 games with a double,
2 triples and 4 RBI ...
Made 7 starts (3-3B, 2-1B, 2-DH) ... also appeared
in three games at shortstop as a defensive
Of his 9 hits, two were game-winners (both on a
Sunday) ... gave the Rays the lead in the 5th inning
with his first career triple Aug. 26 vs. Oakland ...
Aug. 19 (day he joined the club) he had a walk-off
RBI single to beat Cleveland 4-3 in 12th ...
Became the first Ray to record a walk-off hit in his
first AB with the Rays ...
Had a pair of two-hit games: Sep 13 at Seattle,
Sep 23 vs. Boston ... was inches from his first ML
HR at Seattle ...
Only other major league action came in 2006
with the Dodgers appearing in 8 games (.211, 4-
for-19, 3 RBI, 3-BB, 2-SO) ...
Entered the year as the Rays 10th best prospect
(3rd best infielder) by Baseball America ...
Batted .242 (100-for-413) at Durham with 17
doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs, 64 RBI and
9 RBI ... drew just 23 walks while fanning 116
times ... his RBI were tied for most on the club
while his doubles were second ... appeared in 109
games at 1B, 3B, SS and DH ...
Was acquired from the Dodgers July 31, 2006
along with minor league OF Sergio Pedroza in
exchange for INF Julio Lugo ...
Rated by Baseball Weekly as the 3rd best prospect
traded at the 2006 deadline.2006Began the year in the Dodgers organization...saw his first career major league action earning
a recall on June 1 from Triple-A Las Vegas when Jeff Kent was placed on the disabled list...Made his major league debut that night against the Phillies entering at third base in the 8th
inning...grounded into a double play in his lone AB...Collected his first major league hit and RBI the next night against Philly with a 5th-inning
single off Ryan Madson driving in Nomar Garciaparra...Played in 8 games with Los Angeles batting .211 (4-for-19) with 3 RBI and 3 walks appearing at third base, first base and left field...optioned back to Triple-A on June 13 when Kent returned...Opened the year with the 51's playing first base and left field...Batted .331 in April with 31 hits, second most in the LA organization...was hitting .291 with
7 HR and 33 RBI in 52 games before he was recalled...Acquired by TB at the trading deadline along with OF Sergio Pedroza in exchange for Julio Lugo...Joined Triple-A Durham where he batted. 193 in 25 games in his first action in the
International League...over half of his total hits (17) went for extra bases (9)...Homered in three straight games Aug 8-10 against Charlotte including a long ball in both
ends of a doubleheader on August 8 at Knights Stadium...Entered the season as the third best prospect in the Dodgers organization by Baseball America...ranked by the publication as the 10th best prospect in the Rays system...Was rated by USA Today's Baseball Weekly as the 3rd best prospect dealt at the trading deadline...Attended major league spring training with the Dodgers where he made the shift to leftfield playing 22 games there and batting .296 with 2 HR and 7 RBI...Played winter ball with Estrellas in the Dominican Republic batting .327 (20-for-56) and hitting safely in 13 of 14 games at third base and first base.2005Appeared in 122 games for Double-A Jacksonville, helping the Suns to the Southern League Championship and Baseball America's Minor League Team of the Year honors ... Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in the Dodger system entering the season and as the best Major League prospect among 2004 minor league shortstops ... ESPN.com ranked him as baseball's second-best prospect entering the season ... Batted .287 with 16 homers and 75 RBI...hit .316 (71-for-225) on the road ... Played 99 games at shortstop and 21 games at third base ... Earned Southern League All-Star honors ... Baseball America named him as the shortstop on its season-end Double-A All-Star team ... Was rated as the best power hitter in the Dodger farm system by Baseball America ... Played for the Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League and ranked third in the league with 33 RBI, fourth with ... 18 extra-base hits and fifth with a .472 slugging percentage...overall, batted .280 with six homers and 33 RBI during the winter league campaign.2004Honored as the Dodger organization's Minor League Player of the Year...was introduced on the field at Dodger Stadium and witnessed the Dodgers' division-clinching victory over the Giants on Oct. 2 ... Started season with Single-A Vero Beach before being promoted to Double-A Jacksonville on July 19...combined for a .297 batting average, 23 home runs, 11 triples, 33 doubles, 86 RBI and 77 runs scored in 133 games ... Led Dodger minor leaguers in at-bats (511) and triples ... Started for the World Team in the New York Mercantile Exchange All-Star Futures Game and also played in the Florida State League All-Star Game ... Named to the season-end FSL All-Star team as well
Baseball America recognized him as the top prospect in the FSL and the No. 2 prospect in the Southern League ...At age 19, was the youngest player in the Southern League ... Put together an 18-game hitting streak from May 31-June 23, batting .426 (29-for-68) ... Hit .342 (40-for-117) in May, collecting seven homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored ... In June, batted .356 (31-for-87).2003In first seven games of the season for Single-A South Georgia, went 12-for-29 (.414) with two homers, two doubles, seven runs scored and six RBI ... Hit safely in 16 of his first 18 games for Single-A Vero Beach, including a 12-game hitting streak from June 24-July 4 in which he batted .377 (20-for-53) with seven RBI and 10 runs.2002In his first professional season, appeared in 53 games for the rookie-level Gulf Coast Dodgers and rookie-level Great Falls Dodgers.