Hanser Joel Alberto…resides in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic, during the offseason with wife, Olga Lidia Rosario de Alberto, and daughters Avril Marie and Hanna Marie...Enjoys mentoring young baseball players in his hometown during the offseason…also lists playing dominos and attending church services as his hobbies…signed a minor league deal as an international free agent with the Rangers in 2009.
Posted a .270/.291/.402 slashline in 103 games in his first season with the Royals, bringing in 25 runs, 20 doubles, three triples and two homers in 2021... Averaged the third-highest OPS (.693) of his career in six seasons of Major League play and the second-highest slugging percentage (.402)... Notched a .763 OPS at home along with 19 of his 24 RBIs coming in Kansas City…two of his three triples on the year came April 20 and 21 against Tampa Bay... Struck out 10.2% of the time and posted a career-high 30.3% hard-hit rate in 2021…put up the second-highest contact rate of his career at 84.0%... Solid against left-handed pitching posting a .286/.317/.454 line…garnered a .300 average in May and high a season-high 12 hits in that stretch.
In his final season with Baltimore, led the Orioles in multi-hit games (18), which included 14 in his first 30 contests... Appeared on his third Opening Day roster (2016, 2019, 2020) and made a team-high 48 starts at second base, four at third base and one as the DH... Batted .375 (24-for-64) with 15 runs scored in the seventh inning or later, which was the highest average in the American League and the second-most runs scored... Also ranked tied for fourth in the AL, with a .375 average (18-for-48) against left-handed pitching...ranked ninth in the league hitting .324 (35-for-108) in road contests... Slashed .318/.342/.437 (48-for-151) through his first 36 games, ranking fourth in the AL batting race through Sept. 6…however, hit just .206 (14-for-68) from Sept. 7 to the end of the season... Saw his season average dip below .300 after completion of the game on Sept. 13, snapping a 132-game stretch (June 7, 2019-Sept. 12, 2020) in which it was .300-or-above... Homered in consecutive games (July 30 vs. the Yankees; July 31 vs. Tampa Bay) for the second time in his career, also turning the trick Aug. 20-21, 2019 vs. Kansas City... Matched a career-high with a 10-game hitting streak (Aug. 22-Sept. 6), batting .350 (14-for-40).
Finished the season ranked eighth in the AL and 16th in the majors in batting average; was the 44th time in Orioles history (since 1954) in which a player finished the season with a .300 average-or-better, and first since 2008 (Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff)... Batted .398 (88-for-221) against left-handed pitching; the most hits against lefties in the majors and the second-highest average (J.D. Martinez, BOS - .404) ... His 88 hits against lefties were the most in a single-season in Orioles history... Marked the 17th time in Major League history (14th different player) in which a player recorded at least 88 hits against left-handed pitching; the most in the majors since 1987 (Tony Gwynn - 90)... Hit .345 (88-for-255) in 65 road games; tied for the highest road average in the AL (Tim Anderson, CWS) and tied for the second-highest in the majors... His 11.00 plate appearances/strikeout (550 PA/50 K) led the majors... Became the first Oriole since Deivi Cruz in 2003, and only second since 1992, with at least 500 at-bats and 50 strikeouts-or-less; the 18th such season in Orioles history (eighth different player)... His 34.38 plate appearances/walk (550 PA/16 BB) was the third-highest in the majors; his 16 walks ranked second-lowest among qualifiers... Made his first career pitching appearance on 4/7 vs. NYY (1.0 IP, 2 ER, H, HR, 2 BB, HB)... Had the second-highest O-Swing% (47.6%) in the majors, was fourth in the majors in O-Contact% (78.7%), and his SwStr% was the lowest on the Orioles (7.9%), according to FanGraphs... Batted .309 (84-for-272) in 73 games prior to the All-Star Break, and hit .302 (76-for-252) in 66 games after the All-Star Break... Batted .354/.387/.576 (35-for-99) with 13 extra-base hits, four home runs, 19 runs, and 15 RBI in August (27 games); all four were monthly highs for the season... Hit .354/.379/.434 (35-for-99) with 11 multi-hit games in June (24 G); his 35 hits were tied for the fourth-most and his average ranked fifth-highest in the AL during the month... Made four total appearances (two starts) in the outfield, his first career appearance in the outfield (LF) on 4/20 vs. MIN and his first career start (RF) on 4/29 at CWS... Had a career-long 10-game hitting streak from 8/11-21; entered the season with a career-high hitting streak of six games... Set a career-high with five hits on 8/30 at KC (5-for-6, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI)... Hit his first career home run on 4/20 vs. MIN (G2) off of LHP Martin Pérez... Scored a career-high three runs three different times (5/20 vs. NYY, 8/12 at NYY, and 8/24 vs. TB) and drove in a career-high three runs three different times (8/12 at NYY, 8/20 vs. KC, and 8/21 vs. KC)... Batted .343 (69-for-201) with no outs and .369 (58-for-157) when leading off an inning... Hit .400 (26-for-65) the third time facing the same pitcher in a game; was the fifth-highest average in the majors (min. 65 at-bats)... Batted .390 (23-for-59) in 17 games against NYY; tied for the most hits against the Yankees by an opponent (J.D. Martinez, BOS) during the season and the fourth-highest average... Hit .339 (21-for-62) with 10 runs scored in 18 Interleague games.
Led Triple-A Round Rock in hitting (.330), ranked second in RBI (58), and fourth in hits (119)...Finished fourth in the Pacific Coast League in hitting...A non-roster invitee to Texas Rangers Spring Training...Had his contract selected by the Rangers on 5/15; was optioned and recalled two other times during the season...Tied a career-high with three hits on 9/27 at SEA...Batted .398/.396/.583 (41-for-103) with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 12 runs, and 27 RBI in 27 games in July for Round Rock.
Spent the entire season on the disabled list with right shoulder problems and had right rotator cuff debridement surgery on 6/19…the procedure was performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister…only regular season action came in the form of 5 games on injury rehabilitation assignment at Frisco (6/1-4) and Round Rock (6/5-6)…also played in 11 spring training games, the last on 3/12 at CWS, before opening the year on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tightness…transferred to 60-day DL on 5/16 for duration of the season…reinstated from 60-day DL on 11/6 and was not tendered a major league contract offer prior to the deadline on 12/1, making him a free agent…re-signed to a minor league contract on 12/14.
Despite making his 1st career Opening Day roster, Alberto still saw less action with Texas than in his rookie 2015 campaign…saw three stints with Texas (Opening Day-6/3, 7/20-8/2, 9/2-end of season) and spent 2 1/2 months with Triple-A Round Rock…made 14 starts at SS (6), 3B (4), 2B (3), and 1B (1)…joined Jurickson Profar as the only Rangers to make starts at all 4 infield positions, including his 1st career action at 1st base…played just 2 games with Texas from June through August…lone extra-base hit was a double on 7/31 vs. KC, and had no multi-hit games…had game-tying single in 9th inning in last PA of season finale on 10/2 vs. TB, snapping 0-for-15 drought…4 of his 8 hits came with RISP…went 0-for-2 as a pinch-hitter.
Was not on the Rangers' roster for the 2016 ALDS, but saw action as replacement for injured third baseman Adrian Beltre in the 2015 ALDS against Toronto, going 2-for-10 in 3 games/2 starts…entered Game 1 after Beltre's exit and went 1-for-2…started at 3B in Games 2-3, with first postseason hit being tie-breaking 2-R, 2-out single off Liam Hendriks in 14th inning of Game 2…became just 2nd rookie in MLB history with GW RBI in 14th-or-later, joining HOU's Chris Burke (18th inning of ALDS G4 vs. ATL on 10/9/05)…doubled in Game 3 and did not play in Games 4-5 following Beltre's return.
Batted .222 (22-99) with 2 doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI in 41 games over 2 stints with the Rangers last season (5/28-7/4 and 8/19-end of season) in his first major league action…was 1-for-3 in 3 PA's as a pinch-hitter…club had 18-8 (.692) record in his 26 starts...Hit safely in 6 straight (5/29-6/4) and 7 of 1st 8 ML games at .344 (11-32), with Rangers going 7-1 in those contests…beginning 6/7, batted .164 (11-67) over final 33 games/18 starts with Texas to finish at .222…just 8 G after 9/1 (0-for-2 in 2 PA's), last start was 8/30 vs. BAL (2nd base)… his career-opening 6-game hit streak was longest for a Texas batter since Chris Davis in 2008 (6 G, 6/26-7/2/08)…became 5th Ranger in history to record hits and RBI in 1st 2 ML games, joining Roy Howell (1974), Chad Kreuter (1988), Rusty Greer (1994), and Fernando Tatis (1997).
Rated statistically as the best defender among Texas League shortstops with at least 50 games played...appeared at shortstop in 114 of 120 games played...posted career-best .979 fielding percentage, including a .980 mark at shortstop...combined to bat .273 (120-440) with 21 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, and 58 RBI in 120 games with Myrtle Beach (A+) and Frisco (AA)...hit .284 (101-356) vs. right-handed pitching and .226 (19-84) vs. southpaws...batted .349 (45-129) with RISP...returned to Myrtle Beach for the start of the campaign and was promoted back to Frisco on 7/4 after hitting .313 with 12 extra-base hits in June...compiled a career-best 13-game hit streak from May 25-June 14...was chosen as the Rangers Minor League Defender of the Month for July...batted .330 (30-91) over final 25 games.
Batted .390 (30-77) with 7 doubles, a home run, 14 runs scored, 5 walks, and 5 stolen bases in 26 games with Cibao in the Dominican Winter League...saw action at second, shortstop, and third...played in 14 postseason games for the DWL Champion Gigantes and participated in the Caribbean Series.
Played in 129 games between Frisco and Myrtle Beach...combined to bat .223 (101-453) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, and 47 RBI...hit .235 (85-361) against right-handers and .174 (16-92) versus southpaws...opened the season with Frisco and batted .288 (34-118) over his first 31 games...hit .176 (42-238) over next 69 contests and was transferred to Myrtle Beach on 8/1...batted .183 (11-60) with a double, 4 RBI, and 6 runs over 20 games with Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.
Split the campaign between Hickory (A) and Myrtle Beach...combined to bat .299 (157-525) with 28 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 72 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 128 games...posted the 2nd-highest average among Texas prospects on full-season clubs and collected the 5th-most RBI...selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game...named the 12th-best prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America...opened season with Hickory and posted the 2nd-highest first half average in the league at .339 (83-245)...was the 2nd-youngest regular in the CL following a promotion to the Pelicans on June 22...batted .303 (37-122) over final 30 games with Myrtle Beach...hit .397 (25-63) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 RBI in 17 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League...posted the 3rd-highest batting average on the circuit.
Spent first season stateside with Spokane (SS)...batted .301 (44-146) against right-handed pitching and .146 (6-41) versus southpaws.
Spent first professional season with DSL Rangers...claimed the Dominican Summer League batting title and was a mid-season All-Star...tallied 4 different hit streaks of 5-or-more games, including a season-high 6 games twice.