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Yuniesky Betancourt

32-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent

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The Brewers added Betancourt to fill a part-time role just before the start of the 2013 campaign, but thanks to long-term injuries to each of the Brewers' regular corner infielders, he wound up seeing...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 210   DOB: 1/31/1982   BORN: Santa Clara, Cuba   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a one-year deal with Japan's Orix Buffaloes in January of 2014.

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Betancourt has agreed to a deal with Japan's Orix Buffaloes, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

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Yuniesky Betancourt Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 23 AA SAN 52 239 227 25 62 18 10 3 5 20 12 7 9 18 0 2 1 .273 .301 .410 .711
2005 23 AAA TAC 49 194 183 13 54 17 9 6 2 30 7 5 6 14 2 1 2 .295 .323 .443 .766
2005 23 MAJ SEA 60 228 211 24 54 17 11 5 1 15 1 3 11 24 2 2 2 .256 .296 .370 .666
2006 24 MAJ SEA 157 584 558 68 161 42 28 6 8 47 11 8 17 54 7 1 1 .289 .310 .403 .713
2007 25 MAJ SEA 155 559 536 72 155 49 38 2 9 67 5 4 15 48 3 4 1 .289 .308 .418 .725
2008 26 MAJ SEA 153 590 559 66 156 46 36 3 7 51 4 4 17 42 6 6 2 .279 .300 .392 .691
2009 27 AA NWA 2 9 9 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .111 .111 .444 .555
2009 27 AAA TAC 1 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
2009 27 MAJ SEA 63 245 224 15 56 13 10 1 2 22 3 1 10 18 8 3 0 .250 .278 .330 .609
2009 27 MAJ KAN 71 263 246 25 59 19 10 5 4 27 0 2 11 26 3 3 0 .240 .269 .370 .639
2009  (Multiple Teams) 27 MAJ SEA/KAN 134 508 470 40 115 32 20 6 6 49 3 3 21 44 11 6 0 .245 .274 .351 .625
2010 28 MAJ KAN 151 588 556 60 144 47 29 2 16 78 2 3 23 64 4 4 1 .259 .288 .405 .692
2011 29 MAJ MIL 152 584 556 51 140 43 27 3 13 68 4 4 16 63 0 10 2 .252 .271 .381 .652
2012 30 AA NOR 4 15 15 1 5 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .333 .333 .600 .933
2012 30 AAA OMA 2 8 8 1 5 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .625 .625 1.000 1.625
2012 30 MAJ KC 57 228 215 21 49 22 14 1 7 36 0 1 9 25 1 3 0 .228 .256 .400 .656
2013 31 MAJ MIL 137 409 391 35 83 29 15 1 13 46 0 0 14 71 0 3 1 .212 .240 .355 .595
3-Year Averages     115 406 387 35 90 30 18 1 11 50 1 1 13 53 0 5 1 .233 .256 .370 .626
Career  (View All)     1156 4,278 4,052 437 1,057 327 218 29 80 457 30 30 143 435 34 39 10 .261 .285 .388 .673

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Yuniesky Betancourt: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 68 5 59 3 2 2
2012 46 8 1 1
2011 149
2010 151
2009 133

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Yuniesky Betancourt Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013126113160.198.294.534
20128561100.247.388.653

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132652410300.219.385.624
2012130156260.215.408.658

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013168157200.220.375.633
201296104200.250.438.719

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013223206260.206.341.566
2012119113160.210.370.604
Yuniesky Betancourt Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 23 AA SAN 239 227 3.8% 7.5% 0.50 92% .279 .137
2005 23 AAA TAC 194 183 3.1% 7.2% 0.43 92% .311 .148
2005 23 MAJ SEA 228 211 4.8% 10.5% 0.46 89% .285 .114
2006 24 MAJ SEA 584 558 2.9% 9.2% 0.31 90% .308 .114
2007 25 MAJ SEA 559 536 2.7% 8.6% 0.31 91% .305 .129
2008 26 MAJ SEA 590 559 2.9% 7.1% 0.40 92% .292 .113
2009 27 AA NWA 9 9 0% 11.1% 0.00 89% .000 .333
2009 27 AAA TAC 2 2 0% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .500
2009 27 MAJ SEA 245 224 4.1% 7.3% 0.56 92% .265 .080
2009 27 MAJ KAN 263 246 4.2% 9.9% 0.42 89% .255 .130
2009  (Multiple Teams) 27 MAJ SEA/KAN 508 470 4.1% 8.7% 0.48 91% .260 .106
2010 28 MAJ KAN 588 556 3.9% 10.9% 0.36 88% .269 .146
2011 29 MAJ MIL 584 556 2.7% 10.8% 0.25 89% .265 .129
2012 30 AA NOR 15 15 0% 20% 0.00 80% .364 .267
2012 30 AAA OMA 8 8 0% 0% 0.00 100% .571 .375
2012 30 MAJ KC 228 215 3.9% 11% 0.36 88% .230 .172
2013 31 MAJ MIL 409 391 3.4% 17.4% 0.20 82% .228 .143
3-Year Averages     406 387 3.2% 13.1% 0.25 86% .245 .137
Career     4,278 4,052 3.3% 10.2% 0.33 89% .276 .127

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Yuniesky Betancourt: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Betancourt came off the bench with a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth inning Monday night.

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Betancourt went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's win against the Cubs.

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Betancourt went 4-for-5 with his 10th homer, two RBI and two runs Thursday against the Padres.

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Betancourt is out of the Brewers' lineup Saturday at Cincinnati.

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Betancourt is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

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Betancourt is not in the lineup Thursday against the Phillies.

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Betancourt is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the A's.

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Betancourt went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Tuesday's 14-inning loss to the Twins.

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Betancourt is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

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Betancourt is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.

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Betancourt is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

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Betancourt will start at first base and bat eighth in Friday's game against the Cardinals, Brewers Dir. of Media Relations Mike Vassallo reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2012

For all of Betancourt's many shortcomings, consistency is not one of them. He reliably plays poor defense, swings at everything and has moderate power for a middle infielder. Betancourt checked off all three again last season. He'll likely move to a utility role after signing a one-year deal with Kansas City.

2011

Betancourt comes to Milwaukee as a stop-gap shortstop until the Brewers can find a suitable replacement. Both offensively and defensively, Betancourt has plenty of flaws (low OBP, poor UZR), but he doesn't have much competition from within the organization. He'll hit in the bottom third of the order in Milwaukee if the Brewers don't find another solution to replace Alicdes Escobar.

2010

Betancourt was acquired from Seattle in July after Mike Aviles was lost for the year with an elbow injury. The Royals wanted to upgrade their defense and hoped Betancourt's adequate fielding would offset his weak bat. Betancourt will be in a heated battle during spring training with Aviles for the starting shortstop position. The loser could very well slide to the other side of second base depending upon management's decision on trading Alberto Callaspo. Even if Betancourt is a starter, his bat will keep him from being an option in all but the deepest leagues.

2009

Betancourt took a major step backward last season, regressing both at the plate and in the field. He displayed zero patience at bat, seeing a major league-low 3.15 pitchers per plate appearance. He doesn't hit for power (seven HR), doesn't steal bases (four steals in eight attempts), posted the third-lowest OBP in the American League (.300) and grounded into 23 double plays, sixth-most in the AL. Once praised for his glove work, Betancourt made 21 errors last season and was deemed a below average shortstop by nearly all advanced defensive metrics. The organization is bereft of shortstop depth, so if Betancourt isn't dealt in winter, expect to see him back at shortstop for the Mariners. A new approach at the plate and improved concentration in the field would help his stock.

2008

Betancourt is developing into a more well-rounded shortstop. He had the third-most doubles (38) among major league shortstops last season, and only three AL shortstops had more XBH than Betancourt's 49. After a sluggish start, Betancourt hit. 305 and slugged .505 with 26 XBH from late July on, finishing the year with similar numbers as 2006 (.289/.308/.418 vs. .289/.310/.403 in '06). He'd benefit from working the count more, though. Betancourt put into play 27.8 percent of the pitches he saw, easily the highest mark in the majors. In 559 plate appearances, he drew 15 walks for the third-lowest rate in the majors and struck out 48 times for 12th-lowest rate. If he becomes more selective and produces this year like he did toward season's end last year, he'll take big step in his development. Despite make 23 errors, a Gold Glove is probably in his future. Most of his errors were of the throwing variety, which he finally corrected, as he made only four errors in the second half.

2007

Betancourt returns as the Mariners shortstop, where he played more innings last season than any American League shortstop. Despite his 20 errors, Betancourt has a top-notch glove, which should become more consistent with experience. His bat might take more work, though. While he hovered around .300 most of the season, finally settling at .289, he drew a walk just once every 34.35 plate appearances, the second-worst mark in the majors. He doesn't have much power, either, though he hit 28 doubles. Betancourt needs to improve on the base paths, too, after just 11 steals in 19 attempts. He has the speed to add stolen bases to his game.

2006

Betancourt's fielding dazzled everyone last season and earned him the Opening Day shortstop assignment for 2006. His bat is the only remaining question. After starting 2005 at Double-A, Betancourt hit .295 with 30 RBI in 49 games at Triple-A Tacoma. With Seattle, he hit .256/.296/.370 after a late-July call-up. A contact hitter, he doesn't walk (11) or strike out (24) much. If his swing comes around, he'll be a solid everyday player because his glove is already top-notch.

2005

Betancourt is a 23-year-old refugee from Cuba who entered Mexico in the summer of 2003. Up until that time he played both shortstop and second base in the Cuban National League, and the Cuban age 17-18 national team. At 5-10, 190 pounds heís an athletic player who the Mariners expect to compete as an offensive shortstop immediately with speed and good hands. Early reports have him with a good bat although without a major league power stroke. Not a great deal is known about his development, so donít expect too much in 2005 and you wonít be disappointed. This seems reasonable given the teamís commitment to Pokey Reese for the immediate future.