Jorge Cantú

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Jorge Luis Cantú Guzman

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jorge Cantú hit .333/.406/.630 as the Mexican national team shortstop in the 2003 Baseball World Cup. Eduardo Paret beat him out for the Cup All-Star team.

When Cantú hit his 25th homer of 2008, it made the 2008 Florida Marlins the first MLB team to have four infielders hit 25 or more as Jorge joined Mike Jacobs, Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramírez who had already passed the mark. He ended the season with 29 home runs; one more long ball and the entire infield would have topped 30, something that is completely unprecedented.

In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Cantú was Mexico's third baseman and frequent cleanup man. He hit .360/.407/.800 with 2 homers, 5 runs and 6 RBI in 6 games. He was second on the club in RBI (one behind Adrián González) and tied for second in homers, one behind Karim Garcia. Jorge's home runs came off Pedro Luis Lazo and Hein Robb.

Cantu was red hot to start the 2010 season. He had at least a hit and an RBI in each of his team's first ten games, something which had never been done previously. Although he failed to get a RBI in the 11th game, he continued to hit, eventually extending his hitting streak to 21 games between the waning days of the 2009 season and the first game of a doubleheader on April 24th. When the streak ended, he had already driven in 20 runs, with a week still to go in April. The hot start did not carry over for long, however. By the end of July he was hitting .262 with 10 homers and 54 RBI when the Marlins sent him to the Texas Rangers for a pair of minor leaguers (Evan Reed and Omar Poveda), neither of which was considered a prospect. He played sparingly with the Rangers, getting only 98 at-bats in 30 games, hitting .235 with a single homer. he was on the postseason roster and got to play in one game in each of the three rounds of the postseason as the Rangers made it all the way to the World Series. He was 0 for 8 overall and was let go at the end of the season.

Cantu signed on with the San Diego Padres for 2011. He had a chance to succeed Adrian Gonzalez as the team's first baseman, but did not hit enough to hold the job as the Padres wanted to give a couple of youngsters a look. In 57 games, he hit only .194 with 3 homers and was released on June 21st. He spent the remainder of the year with the Colorado Rockies' AAA affiliate, the Colorado Springs SkySox, then became a free agent and signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 2012, to serve as insurance if Mark Trumbo or Kendrys Morales were not to be fully healthy at the start of the year. However, it was not the case and he never again played in the majors.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2005 & 2008)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (2005 & 2009)

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