Ezequiel Carrera

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Ezequiel Carrera
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Carrera with the Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 3
Outfielder
Born: (1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 31)
Güiria, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 20, 2011, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .259
Hits 157
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 54
Stolen bases 27
Teams

Ezequiel Manuel Carrera Reyes (born June 11, 1987) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers.

Professional career

New York Mets

Carrera signed with the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on April 4, 2005. He spent the 2005 season in the Venezuelan Summer League and batted .227 with eight RBIs and 19 runs scored in 45 games.

In 2006 he hit .301 with one home run, 19 RBIs, 41 runs scored and 22 stolen bases in 57 games in the Venezuelan Summer League. He went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base on June 2. Carrera stole three bases on June 13.

He started and spent most of the 2007 season with the Rookie-League Gulf Coast League Mets of the Gulf Coast League but also played with the Short-Season Brooklyn Cyclones. He hit .329 between the two clubs with 82 hits, 10 doubles, three triples, one home runs, 32 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.

In 2008 he spent the season with the Class-A St. Lucie Mets where he served as the primary leadoff hitter and ranked fourth in the Florida State League with 28 stolen bases.

Seattle Mariners

The Mets traded Carrera along with Endy Chávez, Aaron Heilman, Mike Carp, and Jason Vargas to the Seattle Mariners in a 12-player deal on December 10, 2008.[1]

Carrera had a break-out 2009 season batting .337 with two home runs, 38 RBIs and 27 steals batting lead-off for the Double-A West Tenn Diamond Jaxx of the Midwest League. He was named to the Southern League Mid-Season All-Star Team on June 29.[2] He was placed on the disabled list on July 9 with a right thumb injury.[3][4] He was reinstated on August 1.[3] Carrera and teammate Greg Halman were selected to the 2009 Southern League Postseason All-Star Team as voted upon by the league's field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.[5] Carrera was also a mid-season All-Star selection as well is leading the league in batting average.[5][6]

Cleveland Indians

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Carrera with the Indians in 2011.

On June 26, 2010 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Juan Díaz for Russell Branyan.[7]

Carrera was called up by the Indians on May 20, 2011. He made his major league debut that night as a pinch hitter. In his first major league plate appearance, he reached first base safely on a drag bunt, driving in the game-winning run in the eighth inning.

Carrera was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus on May 26, 2011. After a series of recalls and options, Carrera spent the majority of the season with the Indians. He was designated for assignment on March 25, 2013.

Philadelphia Phillies

Carrera was claimed off of waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2, 2013. The Phillies subsequently designated Carrera for assignment on April 30 in order to activate Delmon Young from the 15-day disabled list.

Second stint with the Cleveland Indians

Carrera was claimed off waivers by the Indians on May 2, 2013. He appeared in two games before being designated for assignment yet again on May 5, 2013.

Detroit Tigers

Carrera signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers in December 2013. He made his Tigers debut on August 1, 2014.[8] During the 2014 season, Carrera batted .261 with two RBI's in 45 games. On November 20, 2014, he was designated for assignment by the Tigers.[9] He declined his minor league assignment, and elected to become a free agent.[10]

Toronto Blue Jays

On December 3, 2014, Carrera signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.[11] He opened the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, and was promoted to the major leagues on May 2, 2015. On August 1, Carrera was designated for assignment.[12] He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Buffalo on August 3.[13] On August 17, Carrera was called up again by the Blue Jays.[14] He remained with the team through the end of the regular season, and finished the year with a .273 batting average, 3 home runs, and 26 RBI in 91 games.[15]

References

  1. Anthony Castrovince (December 11, 2008). "Three-team blockbuster gets Mets Putz". Mlb.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved December 12, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. 3.0 3.1 "Carrera reinstated from DL, Johnson to Single-A High Desert". Oursportscentral.com. August 1, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. 5.0 5.1 "Carrera, Halman honored by Southern League". Oursportscentral.com. August 31, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Josh Jackson (August 31, 2009). "Jennings named Southern League MVP". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved December 13, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Eddy, Matt (June 26, 2010). "Mariners Re-Acquire Russell Branyan". Baseball America. Retrieved January 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Sipple, George (August 2, 2014). "Detroit 4, Colorado 2: Rajai Davis delivers for Justin Verlander, Tigers". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 2, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Beck, Jason (November 20, 2014). "Tigers claim Zeid from Astros, designate Carrera". MLB. Retrieved November 20, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Roberts, Quinn (November 25, 2014). "Carrera outrighted by Tigers, becomes free agent". MLB. Retrieved November 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Schmehl, James (December 3, 2014). "Blue Jays sign ex-Tigers outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to minor league deal with invite to spring training". MLive. Retrieved December 3, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Hoad, Michael (August 1, 2015). "Blue Jays recall Kawasaki, DFA Carrera, Valencia". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 1, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Mike Wilner on Twitter". Twitter. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Davidi, Shi (August 17, 2015). "Blue Jays send Hutchison to triple‒A in roster shakeup". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Ezequiel Carrera Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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