Chris Amador

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Christopher Amador

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 167 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chris Amador played nine seasons in the minor leagues, reaching AA. He is the brother of Jerry Amador. He stole over 200 bases in the minors.

Chris Amador was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 8th round of the 2000 amateur draft. In his pro debut, he batted .302/.403/.377 with 40 steals in 53 tries and 48 runs in 53 games for the AZL White Sox, leading the team in runs and steals. He led the Arizona League in both steals and fielding percentage at second base (.943).

After his fine debut, Chris struggled with the 2001 Kannapolis Intimidators, hitting only .196/.248/.286 in 102 games. He struck out in 127 of 322 at-bats and saw his walk total fall to 15 from 30 despite playing almost twice as many games. He stole 29 bases in 41 attempts. Returning to Kannapolis in 2002, Amador batted .201/.279/.254 and stole 56 bases in 71 attempts. He had 239 putouts, leading South Atlantic League second basemen.

At age 20 in 2003, Amador played only 31 games between Kannapolis (4 for 16, BB, 2B, 2 SB) and the Winston-Salem Warthogs (.197/.250/.242). In 2004, he put up a .261/.286/.371 line for Winston-Salem with 18 steals in 23 tries. The next year, Chris hit .267/.309/.495 for the Warthogs with 11 homers in 210 AB and 19 stolen bases in 24 attempts.

Amador got his lone taste of AA in 2006, which he split between Winston-Salem (.302/.362/.468 in 38 G) and the Birmingham Barons (.212/.268/.286 in 84 G). He made the transition to the outfield that year. In 2007, Amador played for the Chicago Cubs' Daytona Cubs (.260/.310/.448 in 87 G) and Baltimore Orioles' Frederick Keys (.269/.362/.438 in 45 G). Overall, he scored 93 runs, hit 19 home runs and stole 33 bases in 40 tries in perhaps his best season.

Chris wound up his career in the minors with the 2008 Keys, batting .241/.302/.377 and even pitching once (3 hits, 1 walk, 2 runs, no outs). He then returned to play in his native Puerto Rico as a teammate of his brother. He made Puerto Rico's squad for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.