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José G. Constanza
- Bats Both, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9", Weight 150 lb.
- Debut July 29, 2011
- Final Game September 26, 2014
- Born September 1, 1983 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, D.R.
Outfielder José Constanza was called up by the Atlanta Braves at the end of July, 2011, after CF Nate McLouth went on the disabled list. He made his debut on July 29th, going 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI in a 5-0 win over the Florida Marlins. His hit was off Mike Dunn.
Originally signed by scout Josue Herrera for the Cleveland Indians in 2003, Constanza had quite a bit of success in the minor leagues, starting in 2004 when he was named the MVP of the Dominican Summer League. He was an All-Star in the New York-Penn League in 2005, when he hit .263 in 64 games for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. In 2006, he hit .309 in 120 games between Lake County and Kinston, and in his first season in AAA, in 2010, he hit .319 in 113 games for the Columbus Clippers and was named to the International League All-Star team. In 2009, he scored 98 runs for the AA Akron Aeros and stole 46 bases that year. He topped 20 stolen bases in each of his first seven minor league seasons stateside.
After the 2010 season, Constanza became a free agent and signed with the Braves organization. After attending spring training with the big club, he was sent to AAA Gwinnett to begin the season. There he continued to hit well, putting up .312 clip in 86 games when he got the call to The Show. He was named to play in the AAA All-Star Game for the second consecutive year. He finished his first season as a big leaguer with a .303 batting average in 42 games, with 21 runs scored.