José Amador (minors05)
José Amador Rodríguez (Chapo)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 190 lb.
José Amador has scored over 1,000 runs in his pro career.
Amador debuted in 2000 with the Acereros de Monclova, going 2 for 4 with six runs and a RBI in four games. In 2001, he was 0 for 9 for the Algodoneros de Torreon. He became a starter for Torreon in 2002 at age 22, hitting .273/~.329/.404. In 2003, he batted .277/.371/.430 in 70 games. Moving to the Rieleros de Aguascalientes in 2004, he batted .293/~.419/.372.
He hit .307/.397/.490 for the Vaqueros Laguna in 2005, with 77 runs, 35 doubles, 14 homers, 68 RBI and 62 walks (with only 46 whiffs). He fielded .975 at 2B. He tied Omar Mendoza and Sharnol Adriana for third in the Mexican League in two-baggers and led his team in walks. In the winter, he played for the Mayos de Navojoa.
In 2006, he had a huge year, producing at a .363/.436/.493 clip with 83 runs and 27 doubles. He just edged Mendy Lopez for 10th in the LMB in average, by .0008; he was .0009 behind the very-similarily-named player #9 José Amado. He finished 5th in runs and second in hits (157, 6 behind Dionys Cesar). He hit .302/.367/.468 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 66 games for Navojoa in the winter. He was again 10th in average (thims time between Doug Clark and Cesar), tied Kit Pellow for 6th with 42 runs and placed 6th in RBI (between Pellow and Luis Alfonso Garcia).
Amador hit .308/.386/.455 for the 2007 Vaqueros, rapping 31 doubles and driving in 76 in 107 games, fielding .980 at second. He tied Pedro Castellano for 6th in doubles. In 2007-2008, he fielded .989 at 2B and batted .250/.335/.370. He slumped in the summer of 2008, split between the Olmecas de Tabasco (.252/.329/.329 in 62 G) and Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (.292/.356/.398 in 44 G). In the winter, he batted .194/.312/.306 for Navojoa. He rebounded with Veracruz in 2009, hitting .294/.390/.389. Moving to the Águilas de Mexicali for the winter, he posted a .341/.389/.481 batting line. Had he qualified, he would have been third in the batting race, behind Sandy Madera and Brad Snyder.
The Mexicali native split 2010 between Veracruz (.306/.365/.484 in 65 G) and the Saraperos de Saltillo (.230/.347/.377 in 21 G). He hit 29 doubles between the two clubs, missing the league's top 10 by one, but he only hit one double in 28 games for his hometown Aguilas that winter, struggling at .179/.267/.328 in 28 games. In 2011, he hit .355/.418/.532 for the Saraperos with 79 runs, 18 home runs and 66 RBI. while playing 20-40 games at each 3B, 2B and 1B. He missed the top 10 in average by .002 and was 8th in runs. In the winter, he batted .235/.338/.435 for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo. He tied for 7th in the LMP with 13 doubles.
For the 2012 Saraperos, the veteran's batting line read .323/.369/.551 and he had 83 runs, 28 doubles and 22 home runs, his first time over 20. He fielded .944 at 3B, his new main position. He was 4th in the circuit in runs. With the 2012-2013 Naranjeros, he hit .263/.361/.455 with 7 home runs and 26 RBI in 54 games. He was with Aguascalientes for 2013, 9 years after he had previously played for them. Now a DH more than anything else, he went deep 23 times while hitting .320/.425/.572. He missed the top ten in homers by two. In 2013-2014, he hit .328/.392/.418 in 26 games for Hermosillo.
In 2014, Amador hit .287/.380/.467 for the Rieleros, with 16 home runs. In the winter, he hit .290/.358/.555 with 11 long balls in 50 contests for the Naranjeros. He was 4th in home runs but did not lead players named Amador as co-league leader Japhet Amador had 13. Had he qualified, he would have led in slugging (.020 ahead of Manny Rodriguez). He then returned to Monclova, 25 years after beginning his career with them, and hit .305/.386/.497 with 78 RBI in 2015. His 18 homers were one shy of the league lead and he tied Rodriguez for 8th in RBI. In 2015-2016, he hit .323/.436/.535 with 11 home runs, 39 RBI and 38 walks in 63 games. He made the leaderboard in average (5th, between Chris Roberson and Christian Villanueva), slugging (2nd, .023 behind Japhet Amador), OBP (1st, .002 ahead of Villanueva), OPS (2nd, 39 ahead of Japhet Amador), home runs (tied for third with Saúl Soto), RBI (tied for 3rd with Esteban Quiroz) and walks (3rd, behind Soto and Villanueva).
Amador was 0 for 4 with a RBI as a backup to Jesse Castillo at DH for Mexico when they won their 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier to make the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He opened 2016 with Monclova (.281/.386/.514, 12 HR in 53 G) then was loaned to the Piratas de Campeche for the end of the year (.326/.465/.489 in 41 G for them). He had a strong winter for Hermosillo, hitting .275/.373/.508 with 15 homers and 60 RBI in 65 games. He tied Quincy Latimore for 5th in the LMP in runs, led in home runs (two ahead of C.J. Retherford), led in RBI (12 ahead of Brian Hernandez), was 3rd in total bases (122, behind Retherford and Manny Rodriguez), was 4th in walks (between Leo Heras and Agustín Murillo), ranked 4th in slugging (between Manny Rodriguez and Latimore) and finished 6th in OPS (between Ronnier Mustelier and Cyle Hankerd). He became the first player in league annals to hit four grand slams in a season; six players had hit three. He won the MVP, getting 79.25% of the votes, becoming the second straight Amador to win as Japhet Amador had taken the award the prior season. Despite his great campaign, he did not make Mexico's squad for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, with Japhet Amador and Adrián González expected to cover 1B and DH.