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Martin Benjamin Maldonado Valdes

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Martin Maldonado reached AAA in 2009 and the major leagues in 2011.

Maldonado was picked by the Anaheim Angels in the 27th round of the 2004 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Arnold Cochran and hit .217/.277/.233 that year in his pro debut with the AZL Angels. In 2005, Martin batted .256/.278/.279 for the AZL Angels and was 8 for 32 with two walks and a homer for the Orem Owlz. The next season, Maldonado showed little progress at .222/.309/.288 for the AZL Angels.

Let go by Los Angeles in January 2007, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers the same month. In '07, he hit .221/.309/.288 for the West Virginia Power. For the 2008 season, the 21-year-old played for the Brevard County Manatees (.266/.352/.351 in 34 G) and Huntsville Stars (.194/.225/.276 in 31 G). He gunned down an impressive 46% of runners who tried to steal against him.

Maldonado split 2009 between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (2 for 19, 2 BB), Nashville Sounds (6 for 18, BB, 2B) and Brevard County (.199/.300/.259). He again threw out 46% of attempted base-stealers. He led Florida State League catchers in fielding percentage (.995), assists (95) and passed balls (17).

In 2010, Maldonado played for Brevard County (4 for 33, BB), Huntsville (.252/.347/.369 in 34 G) and Nashville (.253/.309/.425 in 52 G). He threw out 43% of runners. He was then put on Puerto Rico's preliminary roster for the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament.

Playing for the Brewers on April 18, 2014, Maldonado literally hit the cover off the ball in the 6th inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He slashed a ground ball towards third baseman Pedro Alvarez, causing the stitches on the baseball to fall apart; Alvarez was forced to field a ball with a large piece of leather flopping off and could only throw a fluttering quail towards first base, which Martin easily beat for an infield single.

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