New Arrival: Tony Batista, if, Toronto Blue Jaysa

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Tony Batista, IC signed in black ball point

Leocadio Francisco Batista was signed by the A’s in 1991, an amateur free agent out of the Dominican. He was a solid, but not particularly exciting, minor league player. He made the majors in 1996, but put up pedestrian numbers. Because of this, the A’s left him unprotected in the 1997 expansion draft, where he was snagged by the Diamondbacks. It was a great move, and Batista would break out in 1998 with 18 HR and a 116 OPS+.

Batista would have some very impressive seasons. He would hit 41 HR in 2000, and three other seasons of at least 31 HR. He would be selected to two All-Star teams (2000, 2002), and would retire after 11 seasons with 221 HR and a 93 OPS+.

His issue was not power–the dude could hit–but he just struck out too much. Strikeouts were to be expected from a guy with his power, but it really ate him up when he was not making contact.

Still, he had a nice career, which ended in 2008 with him playing for the Leones del Escogido in the Mexican League.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1996 22 OAK AL 74 238 6 25 19 49 .298 .350 .433 .783 96 RoY-7
1997 23 OAK AL 68 188 4 18 14 31 .202 .265 .330 .594 57
1998 24 ARI NL 106 293 18 41 18 52 .273 .318 .519 .836 116
1999 25 TOT MLB 142 519 31 100 38 96 .277 .330 .518 .848 112
1999 25 ARI NL 44 144 5 21 16 17 .257 .335 .396 .731 84
1999 25 TOR AL 98 375 26 79 22 79 .285 .328 .565 .893 123
2000 ★ 26 TOR AL 154 620 41 114 35 121 .263 .307 .519 .827 102 AS
2001 27 TOT AL 156 579 25 87 32 113 .238 .280 .435 .715 87
2001 27 TOR AL 72 271 13 45 13 66 .207 .251 .399 .649 67
2001 27 BAL AL 84 308 12 42 19 47 .266 .305 .468 .773 105
2002 ★ 28 BAL AL 161 615 31 87 50 107 .244 .309 .457 .766 105 AS
2003 29 BAL AL 161 631 26 99 28 102 .235 .270 .393 .663 73
2004 30 MON NL 157 606 32 110 26 78 .241 .272 .455 .728 81
2006 32 MIN AL 50 178 5 21 15 27 .236 .303 .388 .690 79
2007 33 WSN NL 80 101 2 16 12 14 .257 .347 .347 .694 86
11 Yrs 1309 4568 221 718 287 790 .251 .299 .453 .752 93
162 Game Avg. 162 565 27 89 36 98 .251 .299 .453 .752 93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/13/2016.
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