Cesar Puello

Position: OF
Born: 04/01/91
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on June 3, 2017 (LAA). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on July 2, 2007 (NYM).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting a combined .327 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI's and 18 stolen bases in 87 games between Round Rock (Double-A) and Salt Lake (Triple-A) along with 26 doubles for a .377 OBA and .526 slugging percentage. Was hitting .397 over 44 games with Salt Lake when he was recalled.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Salt Lake on August 9, when LHP Jose Alvarez was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 08/09/17

Debut Details
August 9, in a 5-1 win against the Orioles. The starting left fielder, he batted seventh and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two steals, both of which came in a pivotal fourth inning. In the second inning, facing right-handed starter Kevin Gausman, he lined out hard to second base. In the fourth inning, with one on and one out, he drilled an RBI single to center which scored C.J. Cron. With Kaleb Cowart up, he stole second, and with Juan Graterol up, he stole third as well. In the sixth, facing right-handed reliever Miguel Castro, he grounded out to third. In the eighth, facing left-handed reliever Zach Britton with one out and the bases loaded, he struck out swinging on three pitches.

Player Notes
The well-traveled Puello spent the majority of his 10 pro seasons with the Mets, who signed him out of the Dominican Republic just a few months after his 16th birthday, and he has put up consistently good numbers since that time, minus the hiccup of 2015 when he missed virtually the entire season (he played one game) due to a stress fracture in his back. Overall, he amassed a .287/.364/.429 slash line in 743 games, showing some decent power and also the ability to swipe some bases. He was released late in the summer of 2015 and signed by the crosstown rival Yankees that winter, with whom he spent the 2016 season hitting .283 with five home runs and 31 RBI's in 78 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) before declaring for minor league free agency that off-season. He signed at first with the Rangers less than a month later, and began the 2017 season at their Round Rock affiliate, but after asking for - and being granted - his release on June 1, the Angels wasted no time in picking him up, signing him on June 3 and sending him to Salt Lake, where he has mashed to earn this call-up and electrified the crowd with his fourth-inning heroics.