Robinson Chirinos, Catcher, Texas Rangers, #61
Date of Birth: 6/5/1984
Birthplace: Punto Fijo, Venezuela
Current Salary: $1,900,000
Robinson Chirinos, catcher for the Texas Rangers, was signed by the Chicago Cubs in 2000. He played in the Cubs' minor league system from 2001 through 2010 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in January, 2011. He continued in the minor leagues for most of 2011, joining the Rays for 20 games that season.
Chirinos suffered a concussion in 2012 and he missed the entire season. In April, 2013, the Rays traded him to the Rangers. In 2013, he again spent most of the season in the minor leagues, playing in just 13 games with the Rangers. He finished his minor league career with 898 hits, 460 RBIs, and a .260 batting average in 1,025 games in what may be the longest stint in the minor leagues of any player in the majors today.
Chirinos finished the 2014 season with 73 hits, 15 doubles, 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, 71 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a .239 batting average in 93 games. His strength was defensively as a catcher. He caught players trying to steal an impressive 39.7% of the time and he had a .994 fielding percentage.
Chirinos played in 78 games with the Rangers in 2015. He finished the season with 54 hits, 16 doubles, 34 RBIs, and a .232 batting average. As the Rangers' catcher in 78 games, he made 31 assists, 474 putouts, and 6 errors. He caught players trying to steal 29.3% of the time and he had a .988 fielding percentage. In 11 at-bats in 3 postseason games, he batted .273 with 3 hits, including a home run, and 3 RBIs.
Chirinos played in just 57 games with the Rangers in 2016. He finished the season with a .224 batting average.
Career batting statistics for Chririnos through 2016 include:
- 261 games played
- 177 hits
- 101 RBIs
- 196 strikeouts to 67 walks
- .230 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Chririnos as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 245 games played
- 107 assists
- 1,483 putouts
- 11 errors
- .305 caught stealing percentage
- .993 fielding percentage