Jose Abreu, First Base, Chicago White Sox, #79


Date of Birth: 1/29/1987
Birthplace: Cruces, Cuba
Nicknames: Oso, Yogi

Jose Dariel Abreu, the rookie first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, was a star player in Cuba before defecting to the US in August, 2013. In both 2010 and 2011, he was the Cuban league's MVP player.

After coming to the US, Abreu was granted status as a free agent. In October, 2013, he signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the White Sox. He had a very strong first season with the White Sox in 2014. He finished the season with 176 hits, 35 doubles, 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, 131 strikeouts to 51 walks, and a .317 batting average. Defensively, as a first baseman, he made 69 assists, 105 double plays, 970 putouts, and 6 errors in 109 games. He was rewarded for his 2014 performance with a Silver Slugger award and the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Abreu had another strong season in 2015. He finished the season with 178 hits, 34 doubles, 30 home runs, 101 RBIs, and a .290 batting average in 154 games. As a first baseman, he made 60 assists, 100 double plays, 952 putouts, and 11 errors in 115 games.

In 2016, Abreu batted .293 with a career high 183 hits, 32 doubles, 25 home runs, and 100 RBIs in 159 games. Defensively, as a first baseman in 152 games, he made 84 assists, 131 double plays, 1,243 putouts, and 10 errors.

Abreu had a strong 2017 season, batting .304 in 156 games. He had career highs in hits (189) and doubles (43). He finished the season with 33 home runs, 102 RBIs, and 119 strikeouts to 35 walks. He hit for the cycle on September 9th. Defensively, as a first baseman in 139 games, he made 78 assists, 130 double plays, 1,135 putouts, and 8 errors.

Career batting statistics for Abreu through 2017 include:

  • 614 games played
  • 726 hits
  • 144 doubles
  • 124 home runs
  • 410 RBIs
  • 515 strikeouts to 172 walks
  • .301 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Abreu at first base through 2017 include:

  • 515 games played
  • 291 assists
  • 466 double plays
  • 4,300 putouts
  • 35 errors
  • .992 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Jose Abreu
ESPN - Jose Abreu