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Alexi Amarista | Shortstop

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 150
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Alexi Amarista went 2-for-3 with a walk, two steals and an RBI Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Somebody in a deep NL-only league is going to wake up on Thursday morning smiling ear to ear at this news. For the rest of us, Amarista remains a fantasy non-factor. He's ostensibly a speedster, only these were his first steals since August 3. Amarista is on the roster for his defensive versatility, nothing more. He's batting .235 with three homers, 11 steals and 23 RBI over 294 at-bats. Aug 21 - 1:40 AM

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Alexi Amarista blasted his third home run of the season in Friday's victory over the Giants.

Amarista tagged Matt Cain with the solo shot to get the Padres on the board in the third inning, and it proved to be more than enough run support for Eric Stults. He finished the day 2-for-2 with a double and walk, raising his season slash to .228/.280/.323.
Jul 4 - 9:55 PM

Alexi Amarista went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI Tuesday against the Giants.

San Diego has been thrilled with Amarista's defense with Jedd Gyorko (foot) on the disabled list, but the diminutive Venezuelan is best relegated to utility duties due to his weak stick. This was his first three-hit game of the season, and half of his 12 RBI through 65 games have come in just two contests. Amarista, batting .221/.278/.297, is no better than an emergency stopgap NL-only player until Gyorko's return.
Jun 25 - 1:32 AM

Alexi Amarista hit a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the Padres' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Amarista had just 10 home runs in 700 career at-bats before the pinch-hit blast in the seventh inning. It was a good time for his first hit of the season. Despite the heroics, Amarista is just a part-time player and isn't a factor in fantasy leagues.
Apr 6 - 4:21 PM

Alexi Amarista went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Monday against the Giants.

Amarista started at second base and is competing for a spot on the Padres' bench. However, he could wind up filling in for Chase Headley at third base if Headley continues to be bothered by a strained right calf.
Mar 3 - 6:10 PM

Alexi Amarista went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the Padres and Dodgers played to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League action on Sunday.

Amarista got the start at second base and hit leadoff in manager Bud Black's lineup. He's a favorite to earn a bench spot on the Padres Opening Day roster, and could be pressed into full-time duty if Chase Headley isn't ready for the start of the season.
Mar 2 - 5:56 PM

Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune believes that Alexi Amarista has a leg up in the battle for one of the Padres final bench spots due to the fact that he's out of options.

His primary competition for the final bench spot could come down to Ryan Jackson or Tommy Medica, both of whom have minor league options remaining. The 24-year-old also has the versatility to play all three outfield positions and both middle infield spots, making him a very valuable commodity in the National League.
Jan 18 - 11:13 AM

Alexi Amarista delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th as the Padres edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday.

It was Amarista's lone hit in five at-bats. The versatile utilityman was making his sixth start at shortstop tonight. He's also started 52 games in center, 16 at second, five game in left and two at third base. With 357 at-bats, he's played more than the Padres would prefer this year. Still, he's a handy guy to have around.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:11:00 PM

Alexi Amarista tripled and singled to drive in both Padres runs in the win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Amarista also had a big game Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. He was in quite a slump for five weeks, but maybe he's pulled out of it now. He remains the Padres' preferred option in center with Cameron Maybin absent.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 01:20:00 AM

After hitting .232 with just two walks in 56 at-bats last month, Alexi Amarista opened July by going 0-for-3 on Monday.

Amarista has still been pretty solid against righties on the season and he brings a lot of versatility to the table, making him a pretty useful player for the Padres. Still, it would be for the best if they didn't have to use him quite as often as they've needed to with Cameron Maybin out. It's possible they'll start giving Will Venable and Chris Denorfia more looks in center, with Kyle Blanks in right, after Yonder Alonso returns.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 10:36:00 PM

Alexi Amarista homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday in the Padres' 8-4 win over the Orioles.

Amarista has homered in back-to-back starts. He has surprising pop for a little guy, with eight homers, six triples and 25 doubles in 404 major league at-bats. Unfortunately, he still hasn't managed to reach base consistently. The Padres will keep using him as a backup at second base and in center field, leaving him little fantasy value.
Wed, May 15, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Alexi Amarista singled three times and drove in four runs versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Amarista is supposed to head back to the bench Wednesday with Chase Headley coming off the DL, but he made his case for additional playing time tonight. The plan is for him to back up Jedd Gyorko at second base, but he is the better defender of the two and it's not like Gyorko is tearing it up at the plate (.240, 0 HR, 6 RBI in 49 AB). Gyorko will have to turn it on soon to give himself some job security.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 01:32:00 AM

Alexi Amarista went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Amarista hadn't started since jamming his left thumb Monday. He should be fine moving forward.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 03:03:00 AM

Alexi Amarista (thumb) was used as a defensive replacement in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

Amarista had been sidelined for a couple days with a jammed left thumb. He may still be dealing with discomfort but should reappear in the starting lineup shortly.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 08:43:00 AM

Alexi Amarista was diagnosed with a jammed left thumb.

Amarista suffered the injury on a head-first slide when he stole second base in the top of the fifth inning. It's a pretty vague diagnosis on the part of the Padres, so we'll likely hear more after the game.
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 12:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3B1Chris Nelson
2Yangervis Solarte
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
2Jake Goebbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Joe Wieland
7Casey Kelly
8Josh Johnson
9Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Troy Patton
8Blaine Boyer
9Frank Garces