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Alexi Amarista | Shortstop

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 159
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Alexi Amarista went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Wednesday's blowout loss to the A's.
Amarista's homer in the sixth inning would be the only smudge on Jesse Chavez's line. In addition to the home run, Amarista also came on to pitch in the blowout, getting Billy Burns to fly out for the final out of the eighth inning. Given his .220/.298/.308 slash-line, perhaps pitching would suit the infielder better than hitting. Jun 18 - 1:29 AM

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Alexi Amarista reached all three times he was up Thursday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

Amarista singled and walked twice (once intentionally) for the scoreless Padres. The team has been looking into the shortstop market, seeing about an upgrade, but there really isn't any point to bringing in another light-hitting, good-glove type. Amarista and Clint Barmes already fit that bill just fine.
Apr 9 - 11:09 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Padres are "scouring the shortstop market."

After an active offseason, Padres GM A.J. Preller caught the baseball world by surprise on Sunday by acquiring closer Craig Kimbrel from the Braves. However, he's not done trying to improve his roster. The Padres currently appear likely to go with a combination of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes at shortstop, which leaves obvious room for an upgrade. It's unclear who they could be targeting on the trade front, but speculation figures to include names like Starlin Castro of the Cubs, Elvis Andrus of the Rangers, and Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies.
Apr 7 - 1:03 PM

Alexi Amarista is dealing with a mild hamstring strain suffered during the Caribbean Series.

Amarista left his last game, but Padres general manager A.J. Preller said he should be fine. Amarista hit .239/.286/.314 this past season and appears to be the team's starting shortstop heading into spring.
Feb 11 - 9:12 PM

Padres and INF/OF Alexi Amarista avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal buys out the first two years of Amarista's arbitration eligibility. Amarista batted just .239/.286/.314 last season while starting games at five different positions, but the Padres are currently set to enter next season with him as their starting shortstop.
Jan 16 - 9:39 AM

Alexi Amarista continued to torment the Phillies on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored.

He finished a triple short of the cycle on Tuesday, and went 6-for-11 (.545) with a double, two homers, three runs scored and five RBI over the last three games. Where did this come from? Your guess is as good as ours. Amarista entered those games batting .237 with three homers total. He's got the slash line up to .245 /.294/.323.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:50:00 AM

Alexi Amarista finished 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and one run scored on Tuesday against the Phillies.

He came into this game batting .204 with no extra-base hits in September. So naturally Amarista finishes a triple short of the cycle in Petco, doing most of his damage against Phillies' starter A.J. Burnett. It'll be awhile before you see another performance like this out of Amarista. Even after the monster game, he's batting .242/.292/.313 on the season.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 01:28:00 AM

Alexi Amarista snapped an 0-for-17 stretch of futility by going 1-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Amarista's calling card is his defense, but even the leather wouldn't keep him in the lineup for most teams. The Padres have always viewed offense as optional, so he makes for a nice fit. Amarista is slashing .234/.285/.298 with three homers over 359 at-bats.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 01:36:00 AM

Alexi Amarista hit a walkoff RBI single in the 10th of Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Will Venable opened the bottom of the 10th with a single and then stole second base, setting himself up to score the winning run on Amarista's knock to shallow left-center field. It was the second straight extra-innings win for the Padres over the visiting Dodgers, and they also walked off against the Brewers on Wednesday. The Friars are playing the role of spoiler here in late August.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 12:13:00 AM

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.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 01:40:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 09:55:00 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.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 01:32:00 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.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 04:21:00 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.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 06:10:00 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.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 05:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Frank Garces