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Emilio Bonifacio

Emilio Jose Bonifacio Rosario

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.

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Emilio Bonifacio was signed by Arizona Diamondbacks scout Junior Noboa in 2001. He played for the DSL Diamondbacks in 2002 before coming stateside in 2003.

Bonifacio hit .250/.357/.333 with 5 runs and 3 steals (without getting caught) in six games for the Tigres del Licey in the 2008 Caribbean Series as the leadoff man for the titlists. In July 2011, he had a 26-game hitting streak, the second longest in the history of the Florida Marlins. Largely as a result of the streak, he was named the National League's Player of the Month for July, having hit .380 with a .466 on-base percentage during the month, while stealing 16 bases and scoring 27 runs. He played 152 games for the Marlins that season, in spite of not having a set position: he started 61 games at shortstop, 48 in the outfield spread between all three spots, 30 at third base and a pair at second base. In spite of all this moving around, he accumulated 641 plate appearances, and hit .296, scoring 78 runs, stealing 40 bases and hitting 26 doubles.

In 2012, he was given the starting centerfield job at the start of the season as the Marlins became the Miami Marlins and after 39 games, was hitting .268 with a National League-leading 20 stolen bases. On May 18th, however, he injured his left thumb on a steal attempt and was placed on the disabled list for the first time of his career after the next game, and then had to undergo surgery on May 25th. As a result of the injury, he was limited to 64 games that season, during which he hit .258/.330/.316 with only 1 homer and 11 RBI; he did steal 30 bases in 33 attempts. On November 13th, he was included in a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that saw higher-priced veterans SS Jose Reyes, Ps Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson and C John Buck all head to Canada in return for a package of mainly young players including IFs Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, P Henderson Alvarez, C Jeff Mathis and three minor leaguers.

Like many of the players acquired by the Blue Jays in their off-season deals, Bonifacio was a huge disappointment in 2013. He was hitting only .218 in 94 games when the last-place Jays decided to sell his contract to the Kansas City Royals on August 14th. He hit a lot better with K.C., improving to .285 in 42 games. He ended the year with a batting line of .243/.295/.331, with 3 homers and 31 RBI. He then became a free agent and signed with the Chicago Cubs, who made him their Opening day center fielder. He started the year red hot, going 4 for 5 with a double and stolen base in the team's opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 31st, and then 5 for 7 in a 16-inning game on April 2nd, when he started at second base. In spite of his best efforts, however, the Cubs lost both games. They did win, 3-1, when he went 2 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and a pair of runs in his third game.

Emilio's brother, Jorge Bonifacio, has played in the minor leagues since 2010.

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