Full name is Alexander Brady Verdugo...His son, A.J., was born in August 2021...Was a two-way player at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Ariz...Posted a 2.19 ERA with 401 SO and 26 wins while batting .486 with 16 HR and 145 RBI...Earned a spot on the National team for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, where he was voted MVP.
Set career highs in games (146), hits (158), runs (88), HR (13), RBI (63), doubles (32), XBH (47), walks (51), and stolen bases (6)...Also recorded a career-high nine outfield assists...Made 79 starts in LF, 38 in CF and 19 in RF...Tied for the AL lead in defensive runs saved in LF (7)...Tied for the team lead and ranked T-8th in the AL with 47 multi-hit games (also Devers)...After the All-Star break, led the Sox in AVG (.304)...In 48 games from 8/1 through the end of the season, ranked fourth in the AL in AVG (.328) and 11th in OBP (.378) while posting an .838 OPS with 122 wRC+...In 70 games at Fenway Park, hit .312 with 16 doubles, one triple, six HR and 31 RBI (81-for-260)...Hit .321 with an .894 OPS vs. RHP (114-for-355)...Became the 1st player ever to start each of the Red Sox’ first three games of a season at three different outfield positions (CF, RF, LF) (source: Elias)...Hit .311 with an .856 OPS in 31 games from Opening Day through 5/8 (37-for-119, 23 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI)...Ended the first game of the Sox’ doubleheader at MIN on 4/14 with a diving catch in LF on a sinking liner in front of him...In Game 2, went 3-for-4 with 2 R, 1 HR, and 3 RBI...Trailing 3-0 with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 8th inning on 4/15 at MIN, hit the 10th pitch of his at.bat down the LF line for a game-tying three-run double...Hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning on 6/11 vs. TOR, his 1st walk-off hit of the season (3rd of his career)...Placed on the Paternity Leave List on 8/8 and was rein.stated on 8/13...The next day (8/14 vs. BAL), went 4-for-5 with three runs and one RBI...In 24 games in August, hit .341 with an .899 OPS (30-for-88, 13 R, 7 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 10 BB)...Ranked among AL leaders in August in AVG (5th) and OBP (3rd, .410)...Hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning on 9/4 vs. CLE, his 2nd walk-off hit of the season (4th of his career)...During the Sox’ final series of the season at WSH, went 3-for-9 with one double and two RBI...Hit a two-run double in the 7th inning in the season finale (10/3), tying the score at 5-5 to help the Sox clinch a Postseason berth.
POSTSEASON: Made his Postseason debut, playing in 11 games for the Red Sox...Started all 11 games in LF and appeared in two games in both CF and RF...Batted .310 (13-for-42) with an .835 OPS, three 2B, one HR, six RBI, five BB and five runs scored...Reached base safely in each of his first nine games and recorded at least one hit in each of his first eight...That is the longest hitting streak to begin a Postseason career by a Red Sox player (previous: 7 games, Rick Burleson in 1975 & Chick Stahl in 1903)...Made his Postseason debut in the Wild Card Game vs. NYY...Went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI...The only other Red Sox since 1990 with 3+ RBI in their first career Postseason game are Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2013 ALDS Game 1 vs. TB), Todd Walker (2003 ALDS Game 1 at OAK), and Nomar Garciaparra (1998 ALDS at CLE)...Became the youngest Sox player with at least three RBI in a winner-take-all Postseason game since Dustin Pedroia in Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS (5 RBI).
In his first season with the Red Sox, played in 53 of the club’s 60 games...made 30 starts in RF, 18 in LF, one in CF and one at DH...Received a fifth-place vote for BBWAA AL MVP...Led the Sox in AVG (.308), OBP (.367), hits (62), runs (tied, 36), and doubles (tied, 16)...Set career-highs in AVG, OBP, SLG (.478), and OPS (.844)...tied a career-high with 4 SB (also 2019 in 106 G)...Tied for the MLB lead with 7 OF assists...16 teams had seven or fewer OF assists in 2020...Ranked among AL leaders in AVG (5th, .308), hits (T-10th, 62), runs (T-12th, 36), doubles (T-3rd, 16), OBP (13th, .367), OPS (16th, .844), and multi-hit games (T-8th, 18)...Batted .300+ at home (.314), on the road (.302), in August (.313), in September (.313), vs. LHP (.320), vs. RHP (.302) and with 2 outs (.316)...Hit .320 (24-for-75) vs. LHP, the highest mark among AL left-handed hitters...Recorded at least one hit in 37 of 41 games with an at-bat from 8/4-9/23...in that time, ranked among AL leaders in AVG (3rd, .344), hits (T-2nd, 56), doubles (T-1st, 16), OBP (4th, .399), runs (7th, 33), and OPS (8th, .951)...Was batting .333 before going hitless in his final 15 at-bats of the season.
Made his 1st Opening Day roster and hit above .300 for a majority of the season. Missed the final 2 months of the season on the injured list. Struck out only 49 times...His average of 7.69 PA/SO ranked 10th in the NL (min. 300 PA). Had an .800+ OPS against both LHP (.843) and RHP (.807)...His .327 AVG vs. LHP (33-for-101) ranked 1st in the majors among left-handed hitters (min. 100 AB). Also had an .800+ OPS in both home games (.816) and road games (.819). Was 5-for-15 (.333) with a HR as a pinch-hitter. Reached in all 3 PA in extra innings (2-for-2, BB, HR). When batting in the 7-8-9 spots in the order, went 39-for-107 (.364) with 4 HR. Recorded a pair of 4-hit games, going 4-for-6 with 2 HR on 6/22 vs. COL and 4-for-4 on 7/31 at COL.
2019 Season Timeline:
Made the Dodgers' Opening Day roster and appeared in 106 of the club's 114 games through 8/4. After going 0-for-1 on Opening Day (3/28 vs. ARI), finished each day from 3/29-6/7 hitting at least .300. Recorded his 1st career game-ending RBI with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning on 5/29 vs. NYM. In an 18-game stretch from 6/11-29, hit .370 (27-for-73) with 5 HR and a 1.049 OPS. On 6/22 vs. COL, recorded his 1st career multi-homer game (2 HR), his 1st career walk-off HR, and his 1st career extra-inning HR, breaking a 4-4 tie in the 11th inning. From 6/27-29 at COL, went 7-for-14 with 2 HR. From 7/12-14, went 4-for-9 with a HR at Fenway Park...On 7/14, delivered an RBI single in the 12th inning of a 7-4 win over BOS.Placed on the injured list on 8/5 with a right oblique strain and missed the remainder of the season.
Appeared in 1 rehab game with Rookie-level Ogden on 9/2, but he returned to LAD's spring training complex in Arizona due to back stiffness.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City and appeared in 37 big league games, including 16 starts for the Dodgers slashing .260/.329/.377 with two doubles and four RBI ... In 91 games with Triple-A OKC, batted .329 with a .391 OBP, 19 doubles, 10 homers and 44 RBI to earn selections as a mid-season All-Star, a spot on the postseason All-PCL Team and a MiLB.com Dodgers Organization All-Star ... Ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in average (5th), OBP (12th) and OPS (.863, 12th) ... With OKC, hit .396 (38-for-96) against left-handers, while batting .304 (75-for-247) against righties ... Went 29-for-99 (.293) with runners in scoring position at Triple-A.
Saw his first big league action with the Dodgers, going 4-for-23 (.174) with one home run and one RBI in 15 big league games ... Had his contract selected on Sept. 1 and made his big league debut that day with a start in center field at San Diego…finished the game going 0-for-3 with a walk ... Collected his first Major League hit on Sept. 2 against the Padres with a single in the second inning off of Clayton Richard in the first game of a doubleheader ... Stroked his first career big league homer on Sept. 10, 2017 against the Rockies with a pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth inning off of Adam Ottavino ... Spent majority of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .314 with 27 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 62 RBI along with a .389 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage…finished with the ninth best OBP in the Pacific Coast League ... Named a Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star, participated in the MLB All-Star Futures Game and selected as an MiLB.com's Organizational All-Star ... Had a 20-game hitting streak with OKC from June 8-30, where he batted .488 (39-for-80) with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 12 RBI during that span ... Prior to the start of the season, he joined to Team Mexico for the 2017 World Baseball Classic and appeared in three games for the club, hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three runs scored.
Spent the entire campaign with Double-A Tulsa, hitting .273 with 23 doubles, 13 homers and 63 RBI in 126 games ... Ranked among Texas League leaders in hits (130, t-4th), batting average (10th), RBI (11th) and total bases (194, 11th) ... Selected as Texas League mid- and post-season All-star…named Texas League Player of the Week in the period ending July 17 ... Following the season, played for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to participate in the AFL Rising Stars Game.
Named the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year after splitting time with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, slashing .311/.340/.441 with 70 runs, 32 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 61 RBI in 124 games…stole a career-high 14 combined bases ... Spent most of the season with the Loons, hitting .295 with 50 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 42 RBI in 101 games…honored as Midwest League post-season All-Star ... Also earned MiLB.com's Organizational All-Star for the second straight year…named California League Player of the Week in the period ending Sept. 7.
Had a stellar start to his professional career with Rookie-level AZL Dodgers, slashing .347/.423/.518 with 28 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, three homers, 33 RBI and eight stolen bases ... Tied for the most doubles in the Arizona League, while ranking among the league leaders in batting average (2nd), hits (2nd), RBI (3rd), OBP (3rd), total bases (4th) and SLG (4th)…selected as AZL post-season All-Star and was also honored as Baseball America's Rookie All-Star ... Promoted to Rookie-level Ogden on Aug. 31 and went 8-for-20 (.400) with three runs, one double, eight RBI and three stolen bases in five games ... Selected as MiLB.com's Organizational All-Star.