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Ezequiel Carrera began 2010 in AAA and reached the majors the next year.

Carrera was signed by scouts Gregorio Machado, Junior Roman, and Roberto Alfonzo for the New York Mets in 2005. He hit .227/.308/.273 in his pro debut that year with the VSL Mets with only 7 steals in 15 tries. Returning to the club in 2006, he improved his batting line to .301/.365/.380 with 22 steals in 33 attempts and 41 runs in 57 games. Ezequiel came stateside with the 2007 GCL Mets and continued to improve, hitting .341/.430/.436 with 16 swipes in 21 attempts and 41 runs in 45 games. That earned him a promotion to the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he hit .300/.347/.329 with 6 steals in 7 attempts. He was fourth in the Gulf Coast League in batting average.

With the 2008 St. Lucie Mets, Carrera hit .263/.340/.393 with 28 stolen bases in 37 tries and 12 triples. He led both the Florida State League and the Mets chain in three-baggers. He also ranked 4th in the FSL in swipes. Baseball America rated him the top defensive outfielder in the league; he had 13 assists in 94 games, one shy of co-leaders Chris Heisey and Gus Milner.

On December 10, 2008, Carrera was traded with Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp and Maikel Cleto to the Seattle Mariners for J.J. Putz, Sean Green and Jeremy Reed. He put together a great summer with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, hitting .317/.441/.416 with 27 steals in 40 tries. He missed two months due to an ankle sprain and a thumb sprain. He still led Mariners farmhands in OBP and paced the Southern League in both average (.021 over Desmond Jennings) and OBP. He was named to the All-Star outfield. He was third in all of the affiliated minors in OBP behind John Bowker and Jaff Decker. That winter, he hit .269 with 14 steals for the Magallanes Navigators of the Venezuelan League.

Carrera began 2010 with the Tacoma Rainiers and hit .268/.339/.315 in his first 64 games at AAA. He was then traded with Juan Diaz to the Cleveland Indians for Russell Branyan. He made his major league debut with the Indians in May of 2011.

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