Ehire Enrique Adrianza Palma
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 155 lb.
Adrianza was signed by scout Ciro Villalobos for the San Francisco Giants in April 2006. He hit .156/.311/.189 in his pro debut with the DSL Giants, making 18 errors in 44 games. Back with the club in 2007, he improved to .241/.325/.351 with 23 steals in 39 tries and 44 runs in 66 games. He also cut his error total to 13. He was 1 for 5 for the Tiburones de La Guaira in the semifinals of the 2007-2008 Venezuelan Winter League, having never played there in the regular season. The switch-hitter came stateside in 2008, which he split between the AZL Giants (.255/.349/.382 in 15 games), Fresno Grizzlies (3 for 6, a double, 2 walks) and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (2 for 5, 3 run scored). In 2009, he batted .258/.333/.327 for the Augusta Green Jackets, with 30 errors at shortstop. Baseball America rated him San Francisco's 8th best prospect going into the 2010 season. In the winter, he was 1 for 8 for the Tiburones.
Adrianza hit .256/.333/.348 with 70 runs and 33 steals (in 48 tries) for the 2010 San Jose Giants while improving his fielding percentage to .972. Baseball America listed him the 13th best prospect in the California League, between Rex Brothers and Marc Krauss. He was 4th in the league in steals (behind Jay Austin, Tyson Auer and Francisco Peguero) and tied Juan Perez for third in times caught stealing. Ehire missed much of 2011 with a hand injury; when healthy, he played 38 games for Augusta (.231/.315/.378) and 56 for San Jose (.300/.375/.470). He followed with a .234/.282/.338 winter for La Guaira. In the summer of 2012, Adrianza hit poorly (.220/.289/.310) for the Richmond Flying Squirrels; he did steal 16 bases in 20 tries while fielding .969 at shortstop. He had a better winter (.276/.379/.391) for the Tiburones. He opened 2013 with Richmond (.240/.331/.312 in 73 gamess) then moved up to the Fresno Grizzlies (.310/.409/.441 in 45 games). He stole 17 bases in 25 tries and had six triples.
Ehire made his major league debut as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 11th inning of a 2-2 tie against the Arizona Diamondbacks, running for Hector Sanchez. He advanced on a grounder by Gregor Blanco, then scored the game-winning run on a single by Angel Pagan. He saw action in four seasons as a utility man in San Francisco, never appearing in more than 53 games in any one season, and batted .220/.292/.313 in 154 games. Prior to the 2017 season, Ehire was designated for assignment by the Giants and claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers. His stint with the Brew Crew lasted a robust two days, where he was DFAed again and claimed by the Minnesota Twins. He became a versatile utility man with the move to Minneapolis, seeing time at four infield positions and the outfield while batting .260/.321/.391 from 2017 to 2019. On September 29, 2019, with the Twins having clinched the AL Central title, manager Rocco Baldelli handed the reins of being skipper off to Ehire. The Royals topped Minnesota, 5-4, on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Brett Phillips.