Benji Gil

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Benji Gil was the first Mexican native to be picked in the first round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft when he was selected 19th overall by the Texas Rangers in 1991. He played for Mexico in the 1999 Pan American Games, in which Mexico just missed qualifying for the 2000 Olympics. In the Bronze Medal Game, he hit third and played shortstop. Gil hit .267/.353/.400 as Mexico's third baseman in the 2007 Pan-American Games, helping them to a Bronze medal.

Benji was invited to the Kansas City Royals' spring training camp in 2007 but failed to make the team.

In 2021, he was the inaugural manager of the Mariachis de Guadalajara in the Mexican League. In 2022 he was named first base coach of the Los Angeles Angels.

Benji's son, Mateo Gil, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2018 amateur draft.

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