Alejandro Alberto De Aza Ceda
(born April 11, 1984 in Guaymate
, Dominican Republic
) is a Major League Baseball center fielder
for the Chicago White Sox
. He is known for his great speed and defensive skills in center field.
Minor league career
De Aza was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers
as a non-drafted free agent
on May 1, . The Florida Marlins selected him from the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft
In , De Aza batted .286 with 34 stolen bases
and 75 runs scored while playing for the Marlins Single-A Jupiter
affiliate. In , De Aza batted .278 with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and 27 stolen bases at Double-A.
Major league career
On March 28, , De Aza was named the starting center fielder for the Marlins, beating out Reggie Abercrombie
, Eric Reed
, and Alex Sánchez
in what was seen as a surprise. He batted .303 (10-for-33) in nine games for the Marlins before going on the disabled list
on April 16 with a right ankle sprain; an MRI in mid-May revealed that his ankle had a hairline fracture. De Aza was called up by the Florida Marlins in May 2009.
Chicago White Sox
On October 21, 2009, the Chicago White Sox
claimed De Aza off waivers from the Marlins.On July 27, 2011, hit the first home run of his MLB career off of Detroit Tigers
pitcher Max Scherzer