Adrian Beltre, Third Base, Texas Rangers, #29
Date of Birth: 4/7/1979
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $18,000,000
Adrian Beltre, third baseman for the Texas Rangers, began his major league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998. At 19, he was the youngest player in the National League. Beltre started off slowly with the Dodgers, batting only .215 in his first season, but by 2000, he was beginning to show his power at the plate, batting .290 and hitting 20 home runs that year. His best year with the Dodgers came, however, in 2004, his last season with the Los Angeles team. He ended the 2004 season with a career high batting average of .334 and 48 home runs. Beltre won his first of three Silver Slugger awards that season.
After the 2004 season, Beltre became a free agent and he signed a $64 million, 5 year contract with the Seattle Mariners. However, he never reached the heights of his 2004 year with the Mariners, batting only .255 in 2005 with 19 home runs, .268 with 25 home runs in 2006, .276 with 26 home runs in 2007, and similar numbers in 2008. However, his fielding percentages were much better and he won his first two Gold Glove awards in 2007 and 2008.
Beltre stayed with the Mariners through 2009 but when he became a free agent again at the end of the 2009 season, he signed a one-year, nine million dollar contract with the Boston Red Sox in January, 2010. A year later, he signed a more lucrative five-year, $80 million contract with the Texas Rangers.
After leaving the Mariners, Beltre once again showed his power and he won Silver Slugger awards in both 2010 and 2011. His fielding also improved and he won Gold Gloves in 2011 and 2012. He had impressive numbers in 2014, finishing with 178 hits, 33 doubles, 19 home runs, 77 RBIs, and a .324 batting average in 148 games. He won his fourth Silver Slugger award in 2014.
On August 3, 2015, Beltre hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. He is one of only three major league players to ever hit for the cycle three times in a career and the first player to do so in 82 years. He finished the 2015 season with 163 hits, 32 doubles, 18 home runs, 83 RBIs, and a .287 batting average. As the Rangers' third baseman, he made 267 assists, 28 double plays, 105 putouts, and 17 errors in 142 games. In 9 at-bats in 3 postseason games, he batted .444 with 4 hits and 1 RBI.
Beltre had another strong season in 2016, finishing with a .300 batting average. In 153 games, he had 175 hits, 31 doubles, 32 home runs, and 104 RBIs. As the Rangers third baseman, he made 301 assists, 104 putouts, and 10 errors in 141 games. In the postseason, he batted just .182 with 2 hits in 11 at-bats in 3 games.
Belte won his fifth Gold Glove in 2016.
Batting statistics for Beltre in 19 seasons (1998-2016) include:
- 11 seasons with over 150 hits, with highs of 200 in 2004 and 199 in 2013
- 6 seasons with a batting average of .300 or better, with a high of .334 in 2004
- 13 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 49 in 2010
- 12 seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a high of 48 in 2004
- 5 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 121 in 2004
Career batting statistics for Beltre through 2016 include:
- 2,720 games played
- 2,942 hits
- 591 doubles
- 445 home runs
- 119 stolen bases
- 1,571 RBIs
- 1,584 strikeouts to 775 walks
- .286 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Beltre at third base through 2016 include:
- 2,624 games played
- 4,902 assists
- 496 double plays
- 2,091 putouts
- 296 errors
- .959 fielding percentage