Tuesday, November 15, 2016
One-Card Wonder Pt. 36: Pedro Ciriaco
Ciriaco was signed as a minor league free agent in January 2012. No one knew it at the time, but Ciriaco would make an impact on the Red Sox in the Majors. Due to a rash of injuries and short-sightedly trading both Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro, Boston had need of a utility infielder, particularly after trading Nick Punto to the Dodgers. Ciriaco provided depth by playing second, short, and third and also playing all three outfield positions at least twice. He ended up playing in 76 games for the Red Sox and was basically a regular player after his call-up in July.
Despite playing in 76 games, Ciriaco provided a spark by being second on the team in stolen bases (16). He managed to produce a decent batting line, despite only walking eight times all season. Ciriaco hit .293/.315/.390 and picked up 15 doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He was particularly effective against the Yankees, against whom he had two four-hit games and two three-hit games.
Ciriaco returned for the 2013 season but only made it into 28 games before he was shipped off to San Diego. His numbers declined significantly and he was replaced by Brock Holt and Jose Iglesias. Ciriaco bounced around after that and last played in the Majors with the Braves in 2015 for whom he appeared in a career-high 84 games.