Alex Verdugo

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Biographical Information[edit]

Alex Verdugo made his major league debut in 2017.

He was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2014 amateur draft, the #62 overall pick and LA's second pick, following Grant Holmes. He signed for a $914,600 bonus. [1] He spent most of the summer with the AZL Dodgers, hitting .347/.423/.518 with 8 steals in 8 tries and 33 runs in 49 games, drawing 20 walks while fanning 14 times, and was also 8-for-20 for the Ogden Raptors. He was second in the Arizona League in average, was second with 59 hits (7 behind Michael Gettys), tied Jonas Lantigua for the double lead (14), was third in RBI, had the lowest strikeout rate and was second in OBP. He joined Matt McPhearson and Gettys as the AZL All-Star outfielders and Baseball America rated him as the loop's #6 prospect, between Spencer Adams and Monte Harrison. [2]

In 2015, he hit .295/.325/.394 in 101 games for the Great Lakes Loons, while registering 21 outfield assists. He also hit .385/.406/.659 with 20 runs and 19 RBI in 23 games for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He was 8th in the Midwest League in average and had the most outfield assists. Baseball America rated him as having the league's top outfield arm. [3] His 159 hits led Dodgers farmhands (12 ahead of Corey Seager) and his 32 doubles tied for 7th. Baseball America named him as the #100 prospect in baseball entering 2016.

Verdugo produced at a .273/.336/.407 clip for the 2016 Tulsa Drillers and only .140/.213/.233 in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs. He then made the Mexican national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, going 5 for 14 with three runs. On a high-scoring Mexican team (that also allowed lots of runs, leaving them last in their pool), he was only fourth among the starters in average and tied for third in runs. [4] He was a member of the World team in the 2017 Futures Game and had a great season for the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, hitting .314/.389/.436 in 117 games. He was called up to Los Angeles on September 1, 2017 and made his major league debut that day. He played 15 games but hit just .174, with a home run accounting for his lone RBI.

He began the 2018 season in AAA but was added to the roster on April 28th between the two games of a doubleheader, after a couple of outfielders, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig had suffered minor injuries. He went 2 for 3 with a walk while starting in right field in the nitecap as the Dodgers lost 8-3 to the San Francisco Giants. In all, he played 37 games in the big leagues that season, hitting .260 with 1 homer and 4 RBIs. In 2019, he finally had a chance at some extended playing time at the major league level, taking advantage of an injury to CF A.J. Pollock. He played 106 games and hit .294 in 343 at-bats, with 22 doubles and 12 homers, scoring 43 runs and driving in 44. On June 22nd, he was part of a historic streak in which three different rookies - LF Matt Beaty, Verdugo, and C Will Smith each hit a walk-off homer in three consecutive games against the Colorado Rockies; Verdugo's effort came in the second of the three games, against Jesus Tinoco. His OPS+ was an excellent 114. However, he was not used when the postseason came around, as Pollock's return made for a numbers crunch in the outfield. On February 4, 2020, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox alongside P Kenta Maeda in the blockbuster deal that brought OF Mookie Betts and P David Price to the Dodgers. While Boston did not keep Maeda around for long, as they were looking to cut payroll, it was a different story for Verdugo, who was seen as the key to the deal and the one to replace the great Mookie in right field at Fenway Park.

Verdugo played four seasons with the Red Sox, from 2020 to 2023. He was always a regular during that span, appearing in 53 of 60 games during the COVID-shortened first season, and at least 140 games the other three. He played both left field and right field, providing good defence at both positions. His batting average declined slightly each year, starting at .308 and ending up at .264 the fourth year, but his OPS+ was at 100 or above every year. In the three full seasons, he hit over 30 doubles and between 11 and 13 homers and scored around 80 runs. He did not turn into a superstar, but those were solid all-around numbers that made him a very valuable player. In 2021 he saw his only postseason action as a member of the Red Sox, hitting .310 (13 for 42) in 11 games spread over three series as the Sox made it to the ALCS before losing to the Houston Astros. Before the 2023 season, he played for the Mexican national team at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, honoring the country of his ancestry.

On December 5, 2023, the Red Sox made a rare trade with their traditional rivals, the New York Yankees, sending Verdugo to the enemy in return for three pitchers: Richard Fitts, Nicholas Judice and Greg Weissert. He quickly became a key member of the Yankees' outfield in 2024 playing left field next to Aaron Judge and Juan Soto and helping them to best record in the majors over the first few months. On June 14th, he made his return to Fenway Park and homered on the first pitch he saw, on his way to collecting four RBIs in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox as the Yankees became the first team to reach the 50-win mark that year.

"MLB had never seen back-to-back rookie walk-off home runs until Saturday, and now the Dodgers have three." - Ken Gurnick, writing for, June 23, 2019, about the first time that rookies, of which Verdugo was one, did back-to-back-to-back walk-off home runs


  1. 2015 Baseball Almanac, pg. 508
  2. 2015 Baseball Almanac, pg. 394-395
  3. 2016 Baseball Almanac, pg. 365
  4. World Baseball Classic

Further reading[edit]

  • Bryan Hoch: "Yankees land Verdugo in 4-player trade with Red Sox",, December 5, 2023. [1]

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