Abraham Almonte, Outfield, Cleveland Indians, #35
Date of Birth: 6/27/1989
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Abraham Almonte, outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, originally signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. He played in the Yankees' minor league system from 2006 through most of 2013, finishing with a .269 batting average.
In 2013, the Yankees traded Almonte to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Shawn Kelley. Almonte played in just 25 games with the Mariners, batting .264 with 19 hits. He played 15 games in center field, 2 games in left field, and 7 games in right field. On July 31, 2014, he was traded to the San Diego Padres. He finished the 2014 season with 47 hits and a .230 batting average in 27 games with the Mariners and 32 games with the Padres.
Almonte was traded to the Indians on July 31, 2015. He finished the season with 59 hits and a .250 batting average in 31 games with the Padres and 51 games with the Indians. He also played 63 games in the minors.
Almonte received an 80-game suspension on February 26, 2016, for a positive test for a performance enhancement drug (PED). After his suspension ended, he played in 67 games with the Indians in 2016. He batted .264 with 48 hits and a career high 20 doubles. Defensively, he played 34 games in left field, 2 games in center field, and 36 games in right field. He made 75 putouts and 2 errors. He didn't play in the postseason with the Indians.
Almonte played in just 69 games with the Indians in 2017. He finished the season with a .233 batting average and 40 hits. He didn't play in the postseason.
Career batting statistics for Almonte through 2017 include:
- 302 games played
- 212 hits
- 221 strikeouts to 67 walks
- .246 batting average