San Diego, CA- Abraham Almonte will make Padres debut tonight at home against the Atlanta Braves. Almonte is starting in center field and batting eighth.
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Almonte was acquired by the Padres yesterday along with right-handed pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen from the Seattle Mariners for Chris Denorfia.
Almonte, 25, is an athletic switch-hitting outfielderwith decent power and speed. Almonte made his major league debut last season for the Mariners, after batting .314 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI’s in Triple-A. The Mariners called-up Almote at the end of the season and he batted .255 with 4 home runs and 18 RBI’s in 29 games.
This season Almonte had an excellent spring training for the Mariners and began the season as their starting center fielder. Unfortunalty Almonte struggled to begin the season and was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on May 5th. In Triple-A Almote seems to have gotten back his confidence, batting .267 with six home runs and 31 RBI’s.
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Chris Denorfia has been a fan favorite and a solid player for the Padres the past few seasons.
This season Denorfia has not performed up to his career averages, batting only .244 with one home run and 15 RBI’s. Denorfia will be a free-agent this off-season and the Padres weren’t going to re-sign him. At age 35 the Padres will likely look to go a younger route in right field next season with potentially top prospect Rymer Liriano or a free agent upgrade this off-season, which is why the team is looking to receive something for the veteran outfielder.
Chris Denorfia is a versatile right-handed outfielder, who will provide the Mariners with solid defense and a solid bat against southpaws as a platoon or reserve outfielder.