- Francisco Cervelli
Infobox MLB player
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team=New York Yankees
birthdate=birth date and age|1986|3|6
debutteam=New York Yankees
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On-base plus slugging
New York Yankees(by|2008-present)
Francisco Cervelli (born
March 6, 1986in Valencia, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball catcherfor the New York Yankees. He was an international signee by the Yankees in by|2003.
After struggling to adjust to professional baseball in by|2004 and by|2005, Cervelli batted .309 for the Short Season Single-A
Staten Island Yankeesin by|2006. In by|2007, he played for the Tampa Yankees, where he batted .279 with an OBP of .387 and two home runs. Baseball Americarated him the 23rd best prospect on the Yankees prior to the by|2008 season.
March 8, 2008, he fractured his wrist on a controversial play during a spring traininggame against the Tampa Bay Rays, when Rays infielderElliot Johnson collided with him at home platein the ninth inning. Joe Girardi, the Yankees manager said, "I think it was uncalled for, it's spring training and you are going to get people hurt and we got Cervelli hurt." [ [http://www.nypost.com/seven/03092008/sports/yankees/harmful_rays_101078.htm HARMFUL RAYS - New York Post ] ] He didn't return to action until June 2008.
Following the completion of the 2008 minor league season, Cervelli was called up to the Yankees. He made his major league debut on
September 18, mlby|2008, as a defensive replacement.
* [http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Francisco%20Cervelli&pos=C&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=465041 Minor League Stats]
* [http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/features/262804.html Baseball America]
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