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Agustín Murillo

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Agustín Murillo is a minor league infielder. He has led his leagues in fielding percentage, runs and times hit by pitch.

Murillo made his breakthrough in the minor Northern Sonora League in 2002, winning Rookie of the Year honors after hitting .388 (leading the league) and stealing 20 bases (tied for the most). Jack Pierce signed him for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Murillo made his USA debut in 2003, hitting .302/.357/.450 for the Missoula Osprey as the team's top offensive threat. Murillo led Pioneer League third basemen in fielding percentage (.948) and tied Ian Stewart for the most putouts (43) while leading the league with 74 games played. Stewart beat him out for All-Star honors at third.

Augie spent all of 2004 with the South Bend Silver Hawks, batting .263/.316/.347. He bounced back in 2005, hitting .296/.368/.480 for Silver Bend with 34 doubles, 17 homers, 94 runs and 82 RBI. He led the Midwest League in runs but was less of the All-Star team as David Winfree was picked at 3B. He had made the Mid-season All-Star team.

In 2006, Murillo batted .235/.322/.326 for the AA Tennessee Smokies and led the Southern League with 12 times hit by pitch. He split 2007 between the Mobile BayBears (.306/.338/.323 in 19 games) and the Dorados de Chihuahua (.342/.408/.532 with 28 doubles). In 2008, Murillo hit .322/.376/.458 and stole 19 bases in 22 tries for the Sultanes de Monterrey, who went on to the Mexican League finals.

He played for Mexico in the 2008 Americas Baseball Cup and was their lone representative on the tournament All-Star team (at 3B) after hitting .323/.353/.742 with 4 doubles, 3 homers, 7 runs and 11 RBI in 8 games. He was 4th in the tourney in slugging, tied for 6th in runs, led in RBI (one ahead of tournament MVP Carlos Rivera), tied for the most doubles, tied Rivera and Carlos Valencia for 2nd in homers (one behind Ardley Jansen) and tied Rivera for 2nd in total bases (23, trailing Jansen).

Murillo was 1 for 2 with a walk, double, run and RBI off the Mexican bench in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. His hit came off Yulieski González to drive home Scott Hairston and give Mexico a 3-2 lead over Cuba in the 4th inning of a make-or-break game, but Cuba went on to rally and win.

Murillo tested positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug, in May 2009, and was suspended for 50 games.

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