Alberto Jose Callaspo (Ky-AWS-po) was originally signed by Angels' scouts Carlos Porte and Amador Arias…is married, Marianny…has one child, Igor…attended Inst. De Formacion Aragua in Venezuela.
In his ninth Major League season, appeared in 127 games with the Oakland Athletics and batted .223 (90-for-404) with 19 extra-base hits and 39 RBI...Made 108 total starts, including 41 at second base (46 appearances), 17 at first base (23 appearances) and 16 at third base (19 appearances)...Posted a .979 fielding percentage, as he committed eight errors in 374 total chances. He made four errors while playing second base and two each as a first and third baseman...Batted .238 (61-for-256) vs. right-handed pitchers, compared to .196 (29-for-148) vs. left-handers. Posted a .270 (48-for-178) batting average in 57 home games vs. a .186 (42-for-226) mark in 70 road contests. His on-base percentage at home was .328, compared to .261 on the road...In 18 interleague contests, posted a .295 (18-for-61) batting average with a .318 on-base percentage...Batting average by month: April, .269 (25-for-93); May, .194 (14-for-72); June, .259 (21-for-81); July, .182 (8-for-44); August, .209 (19-for-91); September, .130 (3-for-23)...Opened the season batting .321 (18-for-56) with four doubles, two home runs and a ..377 on-base percentage through his first 14 games played, 4/2-20. Over his next 69 contests, 4/21-7/11, batted .212 (48-for-226) with a .292 on-base percentage, while recording 26 walks compared to 27 strikeouts...Placed on the disabled list on 7/12 with a strained right hamstring. Made one rehabilitation start with Stockton (A), going 1-for-5 on 7/26 and was reinstated on 7/27...Was on the paternity leave list, 6/13-16...Signed by the Braves as a free agent to a one-year contract on December 16.
Was acquired by the A's from the Angels one day before the trading deadline and batted .270 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 50 games with Oakland…hit .252 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 86 games with Los Angeles and combined for a .258 batting average in 136 games overall…his 58 RBI were the second highest total of his career and his 10 home runs tied for second most…finished the season with more walks (53) than strikeouts (47) for the fourth time in his career … struck out 25 times in 50 games with the A's after fanning 22 times in 86 games with the Angels…his average of 11.0 plate appearances per strikeout was the best mark in the American League and fifth best in the majors…was fifth in the AL in fewest percentage of swings that missed (10.8%)…made all 82 of his starts on defense with Los Angeles at third base…also started five games at third with the A's but made most of his starts at second base (29)…prior to that, had not played second base since 2010…committed 16 errors (13 at third base, three at second base), which tied for fifth most among all AL fielders…his .952 fielding percentage was second lowest among AL players with 100 or more games (Gillaspie, CWS .949)…matched his career high in sacrifice flies (6) and sacrifice hits (3)…the switch-hitter batted .268 with five home runs in 149 at bats against left-handed pitching compared to .253 with five home runs in 304 at bats against righthanders… his career splits are .300 (254-for-848) against left-handers, .262 (543-for-2074) against righties … seven of his 10 home runs came with two outs and five were hit with runners on base (four two-run, one three-run) … went 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, two walks, two sacrifice flies and 13 RBI with the bases loaded…the batting average ranked third in the AL…went 5-for-33 (.152) as the designated hitter and 1-for-9 (.111) with a home run and two RBI as a pinch hitter…is a .162 (6-for-37) career hitter as the designated hitter and .217 (18-for-83) as a pinch hitter…hit .292 with nine walks (.485 on-base percentage) in seven games with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.
LOS ANGELES (AL): Was the Angels Opening Day starter at third base, his first career Opening Day start…started each of the first nine games at third and was batting .273 with a home run and three RBI when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 19 retroactive to April 12 with a strained right calf … was sent to Single-A Inland Empire April 30 and went 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run, three RBI and two walks in a three-game rehab assignment…was reinstated May 3 and started 73 of the Angels next 77 games at third base before the trade to Oakland…hit .290 with two home runs and 14 RBI over his first 20 games following his return, giving him a .284 batting average, three home runs and 17 RBI over his first 29 games through May 24…had five RBI May 18 against Chicago (AL), his second career game of five or more RBI (6, April 18, 2010 at Minnesota)…batted .148 over a 19-game stretch from May 25 to June 14…had a 27-game errorless streak snapped June 2 against Houston when he committed two errors…had six errors over a seven-game span from June 2 to 9…had a season-best 12-game hitting streak from June 15 to 27 … went 19 for 46 (.413) during the streak … including a career-high tying fourhit game June 17 against Seattle (also June 10, 2009 at Cleveland)…went 32 for 95 (.337) over his final 26 games before the All-Star Break…then went 4 for 36 (.111) over his first 12 games after the break before he was traded to Oakland July 30 for minor league infielder Grant Green.
OAKLAND: Reported to Oakland July 31 and went 0 for 2 that day against Toronto at second base… it was his first appearance at second base since Aug. 7, 2010 … combined to bat .197 in July with the A's and Angels…then hit .301 in 25 games in August … was batting .205 over his first 16 games with Oakland through Aug. 17 … then went 3-for-4 and hit his first home run as an Athletic Aug. 18 against Cleveland…that began a nine-game stretch where he hit .433…struck out twice Aug. 23 at Baltimore, his first multi-strikeout game of the season…hit his second career pinch hit home run Sept. 19 against Minnesota (also May 26, 2012 at Seattle)… had started the season 0-for-7 in the pinch…had his third career four-hit game Sept. 21 against Minnesota…hit four home runs in September, matching the best single month total of his career (April, 2010)…went 1-for-6 (.167) in four ALDS games against Detroit, including 0-for-3 in his only start in Game 5.
Completed second full season with Angels batting .252 (115-for-457) with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs...10 homers were second highest total of his career (11 in 2009) while 53 RBIs were his highest total since becoming an Angel...Hit .276 (60-for-217) at home compared to .229 (55-for-240) on road...Despite .229 road clip, hit seven of 10 home runs and drove in 32 of 53 RBIs away from Big A...Went 4-for-9 (.444) and drove in six runs as a pinch hitter...The six RBIs were tied with Kendrys Morales for second most in AL...On May 26 vs. Seattle, connected for Angels' first pinch-hit grand slam since Shane Halter, May 8, 2004 vs. Tampa Bay... Singled as a pinch hitter on Sept. 7 to drive in winning run in bottom of ninth...Second career walk-off hit (also, July 29, 2010 vs. TOR)...Logged 56 walks, second highest single-season total of career...Drew a walk in 18 of 24 August games while posting a .430 on-base percentage...His 21 free passes in August were tied for ML lead while his .432 on-base percentage ranked second in AL...Drew at least one walk in 10 straight games played from Aug. 1 - 11...Eighth Angel to accomplish feat, first since T. Salmon drew a base on balls in 10 straight games played in 2003...Club went 38-10 when he scored a run...Agreed to a two-year extension with Halos on Jan. 17, 2013.
Spent first full season with Angels and sixth season in Majors...Finished with top batting average on Halos at .288 (137/475),
top clip with runners in scoring position (.292) and top on-base pct. (.366)...Marked third time in his career he batted over
.285 in a season and third time in last four seasons...Led Halos with 12 three-hit games...309 average on the road ranked
9th in the A.L...Ranked as third hardest to fan in A.L., striking out just once every 11.2 plate appearances...One of only nine
MLB players (500+ PAs) that walked more than they struck out (Bautista, M. Cabrera, Pedroia, J. Reyes, Pujols, Kinsler, Fielder,
Pierre)...Hit .306 from the right side and .280 batting from the left...One of Halos' top hitters down the stretch as he batted
.343 (24/70) in September...Angels primary third baseman in 2011 making 125 starts at the position...Scored career-high
four runs April 19 at Texas on 28th birthday...Single in second inning June 29 vs. Washington marked 500th hit of career.
Acquired by Angels July 22nd from Kansas City in exchange for RHP Sean O'Sullivan and LHP Will Smith...Appeared in 58
games with Halos batting .249 (53/213) with 21 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI...For the season, batted .265
(149/562) with 61 runs, 27 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 56 RBI in 146 combined games...Struck out just 13 times
in 228 plate appearances with Angels...Finished season as second hardest to strikeout in A.L. (1/14.3 PA)...Made 52 starts at
third base with Angels...Committed four errors in 142 total chances for a .972 fielding pct...Ended season in a 12-for-86 skid
(.140) after batting .333 in August...Had season-best 13-game hit streak (.429; 21/49) Aug. 14-28 - streak tied Jeff Mathis
for longest by an Angel in 2010...Posted two home runs in a game for first time of career (April 18 at Minnesota)...Logged
first career walk-off hit with RBI single in 10th inning vs. Toronto on July 19.
Served as the Royals' regular second baseman for the majority of the season and put up impressive offense
numbers, being named the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner in a vote by the KC chapter of the
BBWAA...His 36 doubles as a second baseman were the third-most all-time in Royals history, trailing Frank White in
1982 (45) and 1986 (37)...His 7 triples as a second baseman place him third on KC's list, behind Jose Offerman (13 in 1998) and Carlos
Febles (9 in 1999)...His 11 homers were tied for the fi fth-most all-time behind Frank White's 1985, 1986, 1984 and 1987 seasons...His 54 extra-base hits as a second baseman were the third-most in Royals history behind Frank White in 1982
(62) and 1986 (62)...Ranked tied for fi fth in the American League with 8 triples...Finished the season eighth in the league with a .337 (93-for-276) average at home...Was ninth in the A.L. batting .322 (128-for-397) at night...Hit .361 (65-for-180) against left-handed pitching, good for third in the American League...Was the third-toughest in the league to strikeout, fanning 51 times in 634 plate appearances (12.43 plate
appearances/K)...Hit .319 (81-for-254) with 8 of his 11 home runs against A.L. Central opponents...Teamed with Billy Butler (51) to combine for 92 doubles, the most by a Royals duo in club history...bested Hal
McRae (46) and Frank White (45) in 1982...Posted 8 hitting streaks of 7 games of more and 3 of 10 or more, including a 13-game streak from July 18-31...Recorded his fi rst career Major League home run off Detroit's Rick Porcello on April 24...snapped the longest
homer drought among active Major Leaguers to begin a career at 441 at bats.
Had a solid fi rst season with the Royals including a stretch as the regular second baseman for the fi nal month
and a half...drew 19 walks and struck out just 14 times...The switch hitter batted .333 (24-for-72) vs. left-handers and .291 (41-for-141) vs. right-handers...Led all of baseball by batting .491 (31-for-74) in day games (min. 50 at bats)...Succeeded leading off innings, hitting .442 (19-for-43) with a .478 on-base pct...Saw success against A.L. Central rivals, hitting .347 (43-for-124) with 9 of his 16 RBI...hit .520 (13-for-25)
against the Tigers, the highest single-season average ever by a KC player against Detroit (min. 25 at bats)...Thrived while playing second base, batting .329 (52-for-158) with a .378 on-base pct. in 46 games (42 starts)...Did not commit an error in 46 games (42 starts) at second base (193 total chances)...was the only second baseman
in baseball with at least 45 games at second to post a perfect 1.000 fi elding pct...Was placed on the 15-day D.L. with an unspecifi ed medical condition on June 28...returned on August 23 after
missing 48 games...appeared in 4 games with Omaha on a rehab assignment...Hit .319 (36-for-113) after being reinstated from the D.L. on August 23...the Royals were 18-13 in his fi nal 31
starts, including 11-2 in his last 13...Tied a career high with 3 hits on August 24 vs. Detroit and August 31 at Detroit...the fourth and fi fth times he's
had 3 hits in a game...Entered September with just 4 extra-base hits (3 2B, 1 3B) in 128 at bats before collecting 7 in 85 September
at bats (5 2B, 2 3B)...Set a career-high and a Royals season high with a 18-game hitting streak from September 7-27...hit .344 (22-
for-64) during the streak with 12 runs scored...the 18-gamer was tied for the ninth-longest in Royals history
and was the longest since David DeJesus' 19-gamer from September 19, 2004-April 8, 2005.
In 2007, split season between triple-A Tucson and Arizona...Placed on Restricted List..Reinstated on May 19...Had another
solid season with Tucson batting .341 (48/226) with 59 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 30 RBI in 59 games...
In 56 games with Arizona, hit .215 (31/144) with 10 runs, eight doubles and seven RBI...Appeared in 18 games at third base,
10 games at second base, nine games at SS and 10 games in outfield...Played for Aguiles del Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter
League...Hit .331 (51/154) with 18 RBI and 19 runs scored in guiding the club to the Caribbean World Series.
The switch-hitting utility infielder, who was named the organization's Minor League player of the year, made six starts at the big-league level, hitting .238 with six RBIs, one double and one triple. Callaspo hit .337 with Tucson with 24 doubles, 12 triples, seven home runs and 68 RBIs.
Split campaign between double-A Arkansas and triple-A Salt Lake, combining for .304 (171/562) clip with careerbest
11 home runs and 80 RBI...Struck out just 30 times in 613 combined plate appearances (1/20.4 PA)...Opened
season with Arkansas and posted .297 avg. with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 89 games with Travs...Hit .352 at home
(.236 on road)...Named to Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team and as Texas League All-Star Game Selection...
Responded to promotion to Salt Lake by hitting .316 with one home run and 31 RBI in 50 games with Stingers...
Ended season on 14-game hit streak...Posted three 4-hit games and one 5-hit effort with Salt Lake...Was one of top
offensive performers with Oriente of Venezuelan Winter League.
Concluded fourth professional season with double-A Arkansas, batting .284 (156/550) with 29 doubles, two triples, six
home runs and 48 RBI in career-high 136 games...Also set career-highs in at bats (550) and walks (47)...Led Stingers
in games, at bats, hits (155), and doubles...Second on team in walks and stolen bases (15)...Selected for Texas League All-Star game.
Led Midwest League with .327 average (168/514) and 38 doubles while with Arkansas...Also led league in hits
(168), ranked second in runs (86) and strikeouts per plate appearance (1/20.18) and fifth in at-bats (514)...Set careerhighs
in runs (86), doubles and stolen bases (20)...Was voted by Baseball America as Midwest League Low Class A All-Star
and to Sportsticker's All-Teen Team...Named to Midwest League All-Star team...Earned Organization Co-Player of the Year
and Topps Midwest Player of the Month for July.
Batted .338 (101/299) with 16 doubles, 10 triples, three home runs and 60 RBI in 70 games with rookie-level
Provo...10 triples set career-high...Led Pioneer League in at-bats (299), runs, triples and strikeouts per plate appearance
(1/23.14)...Also ranked second in total bases (146), fourth in average, fifth in extra-base hits (29) and games...Voted by
Baseball America as Pioneer League All-Star and was named to Pioneer League All-Star team.
Batted .356 (98/275) with 11 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 39 RBI in 66 games with Angels of
Dominican Summer League...Also posted .403 on-base percentage.