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2010 Tampa Yankees - Walter Ibarra (Autographed)

Walter Ibarra

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.

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Walter Ibarra has been a minor league infielder.

Ibarra signed with the New York Yankees at age 17. He made his pro debut with the 2006 GCL Yankees, hitting .264/.376/.292. His 19 games at short led the team; he fielded .957 there. In 2007, he struggled offensively as a backup middle infielder for the Tampa Yankees (5 for 28, 2 BB, 2B) and GCL Yankees (8 for 39, 4 BB, 2 2B). The next year, the Los Mochis native struggled with the Charleston RiverDogs, hitting .198/.247/.319 in a utility role. Demoted to the Staten Island Yankees, he was 11 for 49 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and two walks. He then moved up to the Trenton Thunder, batting .268/.305/.375 in 18 games. He sprained his left ankle in late August and missed the rest of the season. That winter, he hit .188/.253/.188 in 37 games for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo.

In 2009, Ibarra produced at a .265/.294/.316 rate with 11 steals in 16 tries as Tampa's starting shortstop (fielding .955 there). He was also 7 for 29 with two walks for Charleston. Back with Hermosillo, he hit .250/.273/.266 as the backup to Jose Luis Sandoval. In the summer of 2010, Ibarra battled injuries to his hamstring, left hand and left shoulder but had his best season yet, hitting .301/.348/.370 for Tampa and going 15-for-22 in steal attempts. Among players with 70+ games, he was 5th in the Florida State League in average. He split the Hermosillo shortstop role with Sandoval in the winter, batting .303/.353/.387 with 30 runs in 56 games.

Walter batted .297/.333/.421 for Tampa in 2011. He led the FSL with 14 sacrifice hits and tied for the league lead with 8 sacrifice flies as well. He fielded .970 at short. The last addition to the Mexican national team roster for the 2011 Pan American Games, he was one of their top performers. He was 4 for 14 with a walk, hit-by-pitch, RBI and run on a team that hit just .217/.291/.280. He handled 32 chances error-free as their starting shortstop and turned five double plays. He was their top player in their 3-2 upset win over the Dominican Republic, producing two of their three runs. In the Bronze Medal game, he was again one of Mexico's stars, reaching base all 3 times up in a 6-0 loss to Cuba.

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