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Jorge Bonifacio

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Jorge Bonifacio
Bonifacio with the Omaha Storm Chasers
Detroit Tigers – No. 57
Outfielder
Born: (1993-06-04) June 4, 1993 (age 27)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2017, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through September 15, 2020)
Batting average.249
Home runs23
Runs batted in83
Teams

Jorge Luis Bonifacio (born June 4, 1993) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals.

Career

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals signed Bonifacio as an international free agent in 2009.[1] He played for the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League, and appeared in the Midwest League All-Star Game.[2] In 2013, Bonifacio began the season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. In the final weeks of the season, the Royals promoted Bonifacio to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Class AA Texas League. After the season, they assigned him to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League.[3] He was named to the Fall Stars Game.[4]

The Royals invited Bonifacio to spring training in 2014.[5][6] He played for the Naturals in 2014 and in 2015.[7] He spent the 2016 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, and was selected to appear in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.[8]

Bonifacio began the 2017 season with Omaha. The Royals promoted him to the major leagues on April 21, 2017.[9] He recorded his first major league hit and home run on April 23.[10]

On March 10, 2018, Bonifacio was suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for boldenone[11] an anabolic steroid derived from testosterone. He returned in the second half of the season but struggled, hitting .225 with four home runs and 23 RBIs.

Bonifacio was designated for assignment on November 20, 2019.[12] He was released on November 25, and became a free agent on November 27.[13]

Detroit Tigers

On December 7, 2019, the Detroit Tigers signed Bonifacio to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.[14] On August 19, 2020, the Tigers purchased Bonifacio's contract and inserted him into the lineup.[15]

Personal life

Bonifacio is the younger brother of Emilio Bonifacio.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ "Minor League Prospect Note: Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals". Minor League Ball. July 4, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Rodriguez, Juan C. (June 9, 2012). "Bonifacio proud of younger brother's march through minors". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Dutton, Bob (October 4, 2013). "Royals' Kyle Zimmer, Jorge Bonifacio draw notice as top prospects". Kansas City Star. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Jorge Bonifacio named to AFL's Fall Stars roster". Kansas City Royals. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kyle Zimmer heads list of Royals' 16 non-roster invites". kansascity. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Fox Sports. "Kyle Zimmer, Jorge Bonifacio top list of Royals' non-roster spring-training invitees". FOX Sports. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kansas City Royals prospect Jorge Bonifacio drives in five runs for Northwest Arkansas Naturals - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Boone, Tony. "Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio could go far — and regularly does in the Chasers' home park". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Seven things to know about new Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Royals' Jorge Bonifacio records first career hit, first career homer in 5-2 loss to Rangers". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  11. ^ New York Times
  12. ^ "Royals add four players to 40-man roster; Bonifacio, Dini among four DFA'd". Fox Sports Kansas City. November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Steve Adams (November 27, 2019). "Royals Release Jorge Bonifacio". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2019/12/08/tigers-sign-former-royals-jorge-bonifacio-minor-league-deal/4377696002/
  15. ^ "Tigers place Harold Castro on IL, add former Royals outfielder". mlive. August 19, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
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