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From BR Bullpen
Juan Francis Armenteros
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.
Armenteros debuted with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1953, while the Negro Leagues were dying. In the 1953 East-West Game, he backed up veteran Pepper Bassett as the West catcher and went 0 for 1 in a 5-1 win. He was the little-used third-stringer catcher for Almendares in Cuba in both 1953-1954 (2 for 7; Ray Orteig was the starter) and 1954-1955 (0 for 2; Gus Triandos started). Those were his only seasons in Cuba's top loop.
Signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, he hit .313 with 33 doubles, 17 homers and a .537 slugging for the 1956 El Paso Texans in the high-offense Southwestern League. In 1957, he put up a .251/.334/.387 line for the Winnipeg Goldeyes and his .989 fielding percentage led Northern League backstops. After playing for a team with Gold in its name in '57, he kept up the color trends with the 1958 Winston-Salem Red Birds (.263/?/.423 in 66 G) and York White Roses (20 for 80, 4 2B, HR) to end his career.
After baseball, Juan worked in the roofing and siding business.