Carlos A. Asuaje…attended Nova Southeastern University…at Nova Southeastern earned 2011 Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2011 and named Co-Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year honors in 2012…following the 2012 season, was named an All-Star in the Cape Cod League…during his junior campaign in 2013 at Nova Southeastern he struck out only 13 times in 178 at-bats…graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) High School…originally signed by Red Sox scout Willie Romay.
Made his 2017 Padres debut on 5/23 for a brief stint in the majors and received his second call-up of the season on 6/23, spending the rest of the season with SD... From 6/23 through the end of the season, his 87 games played ranked tied for third with NYY's Aaron Judge for the most among MLB rookies, behind only STL's Paul DeJong and BAL's Trey Mancini, who each played in 89 games in that span... Reached base safely in a career-long 14 consecutive games from 7/2-21, hitting .364 (20-for-55) in that span with four doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBI, eight runs scored and three walks…his on-base streak tied for the third-longest stretch by a Padre in 2017... Hit his first ML triple on 7/8 at PHI and his first career home run on 7/18 at COL... Logged a career-high four hits and three RBI on 7/21 at SF... During his on-base streak, Asuaje also hit in a career-high seven straight games from 7/5-15, during which he hit .346 (9-for-26)... Over 27 games in July, he hit .307 27-for-88) with seven extra-base hits, nine RBI and eight runs scored, including a stretch where he went 10-for-21 (.476) during a four-game span from 7/17-21... With runners on base he hit .314 (38-for-121) with 19 RBI of his 21 RBI... Appeared in 62 games for El Paso (AAA) and hit .250 (57-for-288) with nine doubles, five triples, three home runs, 35 RBI and 44 runs scored while recording more walks (40) than strikeouts (33).
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A El Paso, earning 2016 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year honors while also making his Major League debut for San Diego. Received his first career call-up on 9/21 from Triple-A El Paso and played in seven games, including six starts, all at second base. Made his Major League debut on 9/21 in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter and made his first Major League start the next day on 9/22 at second base. Hit safely in three of his seven games played, including multi-hit performances on 9/23 vs. SF and 9/29 vs. LAD...also hit .400 (4-for-10) with two doubles and two RBI with runners on base after his call-up. Named the 2016 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year after leading all Triple-A players with 172 hits and ranking tied for first with teammate Manuel Margot in runs scored (98) while hitting .321 (172-for-535) in 134 games. In nine postseason games for El Paso he hit .257 (9-for-35) with one double, one home run, eight RBI and three runs scored to help the Chihuahuas capture their first ever PCL title.