Full name is César David Puello (SAY-zar PWAY-oh)...Played baseball and basketball for Santa Rosa de Lima High School in La Romana, Dominican Republic...Enters his 13th professional season, his 1st in the Red Sox organization...Originally signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2007 at only 16 years old...Has also played in the Yankees, Rangers, Angels, Rays, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Marlins organizations...Has appeared in 61 ML games with LAA (2017, '19), TB (2017), and MIA (2019)...Has made 20 starts in LF, 19 in CF, and 7 in RF, recording 4 OF assists...Has stolen 192 bases in his minor league career, including 45 in 2010...Has been hit by a pitch 178 times between the majors and minors...Led his league in HBP in 2012, '14, and '16...In 403 career Triple-A games, has hit .292 with a .391 OBP and a .446 SLG (391-for-1,337, 38 HR)...In those games, has recorded a .299 AVG/.894 OPS against LHP and a .290 AVG/.814 OPS against RHP.
Split the season between the Angels and Marlins organizations, batting .248 (31-for-125) with 4 HR, 11 HBP, and a .356 OBP in 44 ML games...In 48 minor league games, hit .283 (43-for-152) with 7 HR, 11 HBP, and a .414 OBP...Was in the majors from 5/28-8/4 before spending the final 2 months on the injured list, appearing in 5 rehab games in August...Began the season with Triple-A Salt Lake and posted a .296/.431/.504 batting line in 43 games...Selected to the ML roster on 5/28 and recorded 3 hits with a HR in each of his first 2 games with LAA: 5/29 at OAK (3-for-6, 4 RBI) and 5/30 at SEA (3-for-5)...Also had 3 hits and a HR on 6/8 vs. SEA...Traded from the Angels to the Marlins in exchange for cash considerations on 6/18...Had recorded a .500 OBP in his 12 games with LAA...Placed on the 10-day injured list on 8/5 with a left hip flexor strain...Appeared in 1 rehab game with High-A Jupiter (8/23) and 4 with Triple-A New Orleans (8/24-30)...Reinstated from the IL on 9/30...During his time on an active ML roster (5/28-8/4), ranked 2nd in the majors with 11 HBP.
Split 2018 with Triple-A Reno and Triple-A Sacramento combining to hit .313 (92/294) with 48 runs, 11 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 37 RBI and six stolen bases.
Saw his first Major League action in 17 games with the Angels (1) and Rays (16), combining to hit .206 (7-for-34) with 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases...Began the season in the Rangers' organization...signed with the Angels on June 1 and was claimed by the Rays off waivers on Aug. 19...Spent the majority of the season in Triple-A with Round Rock (Rangers) and Salt Lake (Angels), combing to hit .327 AVG/.377 OBP/.526 SLG with 26 doubles, 13 home runs and 61 RBI in 87 games.
Spent entire season with Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre affiliate, posting his 2nd-highest OPS (.817) in any minor league season…led International League with 18 HBP… drew career-high 35 BB and was 18-for-21 in steal attempts… pair of 4-hit games, 6/10 at Columbus and 8/12 at Rochester… batted .309 (21-68) with RISP…finished season on 9-game hit streak…on DL, 4/15-25, after he was struck in the head by a teammate's bat in the dugout on 4/14…went 1-for-17 in 5 G in postseason, as his club won the league championship…played for Este in Dominican Winter League (.250, 7-28) and Caracas in Venezuelan Winter League (2-for-6).
Batted .312 (34-109) vs. lefthanded pitching...In addition, he hit .321 (27-84) with runners in scoring position and .292 (40-137) with runners on...Knocked in a season-high five runs vs. Memphis on June 21...Played all three outfield positions for Las Vegas...Went 4-6 at Albuquerque on August 31.
Was selected to the Eastern League All-Star team. Named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending June 10. Established career highs in home runs and RBI in 91 games. Had a 15-game hitting streak from April 12-May 8…Hit .327 (18-55) during that stretch. Hit two home runs in a game twice, May 8 vs. Trenton and June 6 vs. Trenton. Was suspended for 50 games on August 5 for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Agreement. Hit .200 (23-115) with two home runs and 12 RBI in 41 games for the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.
Spent the entire season with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Made two trips to the Disabled List during the season, May 26-July 2, with a broken hamate bone in his left hand and
July 25-August 4, with a dislocated finger...Went 19-21 in stolen base attempts...Hit .355 (33-93) at home and .412 (12-29) in day games...Had a season-high three hits four times, last, August 16 vs. Palm Beach...Was hit-by-a-pitch 16 times...Has been plunked 78 times in his career, the third most in minor league baseball since he
made his professional debut in 2008...Hit .308 (12-39) with runners in scoring position and two outs...Made 40 starts in centerfield and 21 in rightfield...Also served as the designated hitter in five games.
Hit a combined .310 (45-145) in 42 games during July and August...Had two four-hit games on the year, April 22 at Charlotte and August 28 at Bradenton...Also had 24 games with two hits and four games with three hits...Knocked in a season-high four runs at Brevard County on July 21...Stole two bases at Brevard County on August 28...Hit safely in 13 of 14 games from July 17- July 30 (21-51, .412).
Won the Sterling Award emblematic of the top player on his Savannah (A) team of the South Atlantic League...Led the organization with 45 stolen bases.
In his first year with the Mets, he hit .305 in the Gulf Coast (R) League.