Socrates Orel Brito Cespedes
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 197 lb.
Socrates Brito is an outfielder who made his big league debut at the end of the 2015 season.
Brito signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in April 2010; the scout was Junior Noboa. In his pro debut, he was 1 for 2 with a RBI on July 30, 2010, for the DSL Diamondbacks. He hit .293/.363/.366 for the club that summer. Coming stateside in 2011, he batted .275/.315/.360 for the AZL Diamondbacks with 7 triples in 55 games. He had 118 outfield putouts, tying Devin Shines for the Arizona League lead, and also had 8 assists (tied for the league lead) and 6 errors in a busy time in the field. He also tied for 6th in the AZL in three-baggers and was second in times caught stealing (10, one behind D'Andre Toney).
He made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks late in the 2015 season, hitting .303 in 18 games. He got more playing time in 2016, getting into 40 games, but hit just .179 although he hit his first four major league homers. After spending all of 2017 in the minors, he came back to Arizona in May of 2018, replacing the injured Steven Souza on the roster. He hit just .175 in 24 games however. At the end of spring training in 2019, he was designated for assignment, a move which ironically acme just one day before Souza was injured again, this time with a season-ending injury. It was too late to reverse the move however, and on March 27th, he was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres. Less than a week later and before he had made any appearances with the Padres, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 2nd in return for minor leaguer Rodrigo Orozco Jr. He was in effect replacing CF Kevin Pillar on the roster, who had been traded by the Jays to the San Francisco Giants the same day. He had a rough debut with the Jays, as he broke David Dellucci's mark for most hitless at-bats by a player starting off with the Jays; Dellucci's mark was 20, but by the end of his 8th game on April 16th, Socrates had gone 0 for 21. He had drawn a pair of walks, but had also looked quite overmatched with 10 strikeouts, showing a complete inability to hit breaking pitches.
- 2011 Diamondbacks Media Guide
- 2012 Baseball Almanac