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Christopher Domenic Iannetta

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Chris Iannetta hit .333/.431/.539 in a fine freshman year in college. He was named to Baseball America's All-Freshman team second string. His sophomore season in 2003 marked a fall to .319/.407/.496 and no major honors. In '04, Iannetta batted .336/.438/.598 and Baseball America picked him for third-team All-American behind Kurt Suzuki and Landon Powell. He made the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Conference team and his 15 homers were four behind the conference leader. As the Oakland Athletics had drafted Suzuki and Powell, they had no need for him in the fourth round of the 2004 amateur draft, which is when the Colorado Rockies snagged him. He was signed by scout Jay Matthews and made his pro debut that summer.

Iannetta began his professional career with the Asheville Tourists, producing at a .314/.454/.496 clip, not bad at all for a first-timer in class A ball. In 2005, Chris hit .276/.381/.490 for the Modesto Nuts and .233/.329/.417 for the Tulsa Drillers. He backed up Ryan Garko for the US in the 2005 Futures Game and drew a walk in his lone plate appearance.

In 2006, Iannetta exploded, batting .321/.418/.622 for Tulsa and .351/.447/.510 with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for a .336/.433/.567 composite line. The Rockies called him up at the end of August. Baseball America ranked him as the #18 prospect in the Pacific Coast League.

On November 30, 2011 Iannetta was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for prospect Tyler Chatwood. In 2012, he hit .197 over his first 26 games as the Angels' starting backstop before suffering a broken wrist on May 8th. The injury kept him out of the line-up until July 29th.

Sources: 2003-2007 Baseball Almanacs, for college stats,

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