Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 2 Months
Alexi Amarista delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th as the Padres edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday.
It was Amarista's lone hit in five at-bats. The versatile utilityman was making his sixth start at shortstop tonight. He's also started 52 games in center, 16 at second, five game in left and two at third base. With 357 at-bats, he's played more than the Padres would prefer this year. Still, he's a handy guy to have around.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 5 Months
Alexi Amarista tripled and singled to drive in both Padres runs in the win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Amarista also had a big game Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. He was in quite a slump for five weeks, but maybe he's pulled out of it now. He remains the Padres' preferred option in center with Cameron Maybin absent.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 5 Months
After hitting .232 with just two walks in 56 at-bats last month, Alexi Amarista opened July by going 0-for-3 on Monday.
Amarista has still been pretty solid against righties on the season and he brings a lot of versatility to the table, making him a pretty useful player for the Padres. Still, it would be for the best if they didn't have to use him quite as often as they've needed to with Cameron Maybin out. It's possible they'll start giving Will Venable and Chris Denorfia more looks in center, with Kyle Blanks in right, after Yonder Alonso returns.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 7 Months
Alexi Amarista homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday in the Padres' 8-4 win over the Orioles.
Amarista has homered in back-to-back starts. He has surprising pop for a little guy, with eight homers, six triples and 25 doubles in 404 major league at-bats. Unfortunately, he still hasn't managed to reach base consistently. The Padres will keep using him as a backup at second base and in center field, leaving him little fantasy value.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 8 Months
Alexi Amarista singled three times and drove in four runs versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Amarista is supposed to head back to the bench Wednesday with Chase Headley coming off the DL, but he made his case for additional playing time tonight. The plan is for him to back up Jedd Gyorko at second base, but he is the better defender of the two and it's not like Gyorko is tearing it up at the plate (.240, 0 HR, 6 RBI in 49 AB). Gyorko will have to turn it on soon to give himself some job security.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD Jul 24 '12
Alexi Amarista was diagnosed with a jammed left thumb.
Amarista suffered the injury on a head-first slide when he stole second base in the top of the fifth inning. It's a pretty vague diagnosis on the part of the Padres, so we'll likely hear more after the game.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD Jun 29 '12
Alexi Amarista smashed a grand slam home run off Brett Myers with two outs in the ninth inning on Thursday, leading the Padres to a 7-3 come-from-behind win over the Astros.
Amarista has struggled to get his bat going in his Padres tenure, hitting just .233 with a homer and eight RBI over 73 at-bats. What he has provided, however, is tremendous defense at several different positions and the always important "veteran leadership" in the club house. He's seeing the majority of the playing time at second base and could be worth a look as a middle infielder in the deepest fantasy formats.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD May 20 '12
Facing his former team, Alexi Amarista went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in the Padres' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday.
Amarista will be a fixture in the Padres lineup for as long as he keeps hitting. He's 3-for-8 in his three starts so far. His NL-only upside is very limited, but he has a bit of value as long as he's a regular.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD May 03 '12
Padres acquired INF-OF Alexi Amarista and RHP Donn Roach from the Angels for RHP Ernesto Frieri.
Amarista has appeared in 23 games with the Angels over the past two seasons and owns a .313/.370/.441 batting line over parts of six seasons in the minor leagues. The 23-year-old has decent speed and can play multiple positions, so he could end up being a useful utility player for the Friars. He'll report to Triple-A Tucson.