Was born in the Dominican Republic, but his mother, a
teacher, moved to New York City where Julio attended Fort
Hamilton High School in Brooklyn...attended Connors State
College in Warner, Okla...was drafted in the 43rd round by the Astros in 1994, the lowest-round draft pick to come through Houston's system and reach the majors...he and his wife, Sulky, have two sons and reside in Kissimmee, Fla.
Acquired by the Orioles on April 1 from the St. Louis Cardinals and, along with Jake Fox, was the only Oriole to start games at four different positions in the field...He started at second base, third base, shortstop and left field in 2010...Hit .282 (35-124) away from Camden Yards and .214 (25-117) at Oriole Park...Best offensive months were May (.306, 15-49) and July (.310, 18-58)...Hit the game-winning single in the 13th inning on July 20 vs. Tampa Bay.
Began the season with Boston, playing 37 games before a trade to St. Louis on 7/24 in exchange for OF Chris Duncan...Combined to bat .280 for the year with 21 extra-base hits, including five triples, four of which came with the Cardinals...Made 18 starts at shortstop and 17 at second base for the Cardinals. Made just four errors in 51 games for St. Louis after
committing seven in 37 games with BOS...Hit a home run and tripled in his first game as a Cardinal, 7/24 at PHI and went 4-for-5 with a double and triple 7/25 at PHI...Hit his 10th career leadoff homer on 9/3 vs. MIL while going 3-for-4 on the day.
Appeared in 82 games for the Red Sox, surpassing his previous career low of 88 with Houston in 2002...Also established career lows with 261 at-bats, 27 runs, 70 hits, 13 doubles, 0 triples, 22 RBI, 51 strikeouts and a .330 slugging percentage...Was one of 4 Red Sox with 10+ steals
in 2008, joined by Jacoby Ellsbury (50), Coco Crisp (20) and Dustin Pedroia (20)...Appeared in 81
games, 79 starts at shortstop...Played 1.0 inning in left field on April 20 vs. Texas, his first appearance
at that position since August 14, 2006 vs. Florida as a member of the Dodgers.
INJURY REPORT: Strained his left quad while beating out an infield single on July 11 vs. Baltimore...
Landed on the 15-day disabled list the following day...Was his 3rd career trip to the DL and
first since missing from April 6-May 5, 2006 with a strained abdominal muscle...Was transferred to
the 60-day DL on August 29 where he stayed for the remainder of the season.
BATTING BREAKDOWN: Hit .295 (43-for-146) in his first 43 games through May 25...Batted .235
(28-for-115) the rest of the way to lower his season average to .268 (70-for-261), his highest
season mark regardless of playing time since 2006 (.278)...Hit .338 (26-for-77) in day games,14th
in the A.L. among batters with at least 70 afternoon at-bats, but posted a .239 (44-for-184)
average at night...Batted 72 points higher at home (.305, 39-for-128) than he did on the road (.233, 31-for-133)...More than half of his 70 hits came with the bases empty, batting .319 (45-for-141) in that situation compared to a .139 (11-for-79) average with runners in scoring position.
HOT AND COLD: Hit .338 (26-for-77) with 3 doubles and 5 RBI in his first 21 games through April
23, the American League's 7th-highest average in that span...Compiled a season-high 9-game
hitting streak from April 14-23, during which he hit .457 (16-for-35) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI...
Was his longest since a career-high 15-gamer from July 8-26, 2007...Posted a season-high 4 hits in
Boston's 8-3 win vs. Texas on April 21, going 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, 2 runs, a walk and a steal,
his first 4-hit performance since going 4-for-5 on May 12, 2007 vs. Baltimore.
Tallied one RBI over a 21-game span from May 23-June 16, including a 17-game drought to begin
that stretch, matching the longest of his career, done previously from August 22-September 14,
2006...Hit his lone homer of the year off St. Louis' Kyle Lohse on June 20 at Fenway Park...Was his
first long ball in 69 games, 229 at-bats, since going deep on September 22, 2007 at Tampa Bay.
TO ERR IS HUMAN: Made 16 errors, tied for the 4th-most among A.L. shortstops despite playing
just 81 games at that position...Seattle's Yuniesky Betancourt led the A.L. with 21 errors in 153
games overall...Made 3 errors on April 6 at Toronto, the most in a game by a Boston shortstop
since Damian Jackson made 3 on September 25, 2003 vs. Baltimore...Was errorless in his final 17
games from June 22-July 11, his longest such streak of the season.
SUMMARY: Had 73 RBI and 33 stolen bases, the 2nd highest totals of his career in both categories...Also had 36 doubles, tied for 2nd most in his career...Tied for 3rd among A.L. shortstops in doubles and tied for
5th in RBI...Struggled offensively for much of the first half, batting just .197 (59-for-299) in 80 games before the All-Star break, but rebounded to hit .280 (76-for-271) in 67 games after the break...Played exclusively at shortstop, starting 139 games at that position, after
appearing at 4 different positions for the Devil Rays and Dodgers in 2006...Hit leadoff in each of his first 56 starts and appeared in 84 total games from that slot...Also saw much of his action from the No. 9
hole, batting .305 (53-for-174) in 49 games.
CHECKING THE LEADERBOARD: Ranked among American League leaders in 2007 in infield hits (T3rd, 27), bunt hits (4th, 9), stolen bases (T6th, 33) and sacrifice bunts (T9th, 8).
SPEED DEMON: Went 33-for-39 (84.6 percent) in stolen
base attempts, the 7th best percentage in the American League...Marked the 14th season of 33 steals or more in Red Sox history, with Lugo just the 9th different player to reach the mark...
Since 1935, only Tommy Harper (54 in 1973) and Otis Nixon (42 in 1994) have swiped more in a
season for the Sox...Lugo was successful in each of his first 20 steal tries, the longest such streak
in Red Sox history at any point in the season.
STREAKS -- THE GOOD AND THE BAD: Put together a career high 15-game hitting streak from July
8-26, during which he hit .400 (24-for-60) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 9 runs, 4 stolen bases
and 3 walks...Eclipsed his previous high of 14 straight games from September 3-16, 2000 with
Houston...The streak this season followed a 3-for-46 (.065) stretch in his previous 18 games.
Went hitless in 33 straight at-bats between singles on June 14 vs. Colorado and July 3 vs. Tampa
Bay...Was the longest hitless streak of his career, with the previous high being 20 straight hitless
at-bats twice, May 18-24, 2003 and June 26-July 3, 2005...Was the longest such streak for a Red
Sox player since Tim Naehring went hitless in 39 straight at-bats from April 13-May 14, 1991.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Lowest average of the season was .189 (56-for-296) on July 7 through 79
games, but hit .288 (79-for-274) in his final 68 games...Had most of his success at Fenway Park,
batting .286 (79-for-276) in 72 home games as opposed to a .190 (56-for-294) average in 75 road
games...Batted .277 (44-for-159) with runners in scoring position, including a .409 (9-for-22) mark
with the bases loaded.
DEFENSIVE DETAILS: Appeared in 145 games (139 starts) at shortstop, committing 19 errors in 593
total chances for a .968 fielding percentage, 7th among qualifying A.L. shortstops...12 of his 19
errors came on the road...Had a season high 33-game errorless streak from June 14-July 25, but
made 10 errors in 53 games the rest of the way.
MORE 2007 HIGHLIGHTS: Fell a triple shy of the cycle in his 1,000th career game, July 8 in Detroit,
going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, 2 RBI, 2 runs, a walk and a steal...Collected the 1,000th hit
of his big league career with a single off Dustin McGowan, July 14 vs. Toronto...Successfully used
the hidden ball trick on June 8 in Arizona, tagging out Alberto Callaspo at 2nd base in the 3rd
inning...It was the 18th hidden ball play ever by Red Sox players, first since Steve Lyons tagged out
the White Sox' Ozzie Guillen at 2nd base in the 4th inning on May 13, 1991...It is believed to be
the first successful hidden ball play in the majors since August 10, 2005, when the Marlins' Mike
Lowell caught the Diamondbacks' Luis Terrero at 3rd base in the 8th inning...Cracked a game-winning
2-run homer to help the Red Sox clinch a playoff spot on September 22 in Tampa Bay...Had
2 homers in final 10 games after going 48 games without a long ball.
BACK FOR SECONDS: The 8-year major league veteran begins his 2nd season in Boston after
signing a 4-year contract extending through the 2010 season on December 13, 2006...Enters 2008
with a career batting average of .271 with 76 home runs, 409 RBI and 172 stolen bases in 1067
major league games with Houston (2000-03), Tampa Bay (2003-06), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006),
and Boston (2007).
A NEED FOR SPEED: Has 172 career stolen bases, including 4 straight seasons of 20 or more steals...
Ranked 4th in the American League with a career-high 39 swipes for Tampa Bay in 2005 and tied
for 6th in the A.L. with 33 thefts for Boston in 2007.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Owns 6 career seasons of 20 doubles or more, including a career-high 41 in
2004 and 36 doubles apiece in 2005 and 2007.
NO SHORT FEAT: Ranks 5th among major league shortstops with 89 total stolen bases from 2005-
07 (as shortstop) and places 8th with 128 doubles as a SS from 2004-07.
AT FENWAY PARK: In 102 career games at Fenway Park, is batting .299 (117-391) with 31 doubles,
49 RBI, 57 runs and 25 stolen bases...Has a lifetime .360 on-base percentage and .425 slugging
percentage at Fenway.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Started all 14 of Boston's post-season games in 2007 at shortstop, committing
just one error in 67 total chances (.985 fielding percentage)...Batted .271 (13-48) with 3
doubles, 3 RBI, 7 runs, 5 walks and a stolen base...Hit safely in 6 of his final 7 games, going 8-for-
24 (.333) with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 4 runs and 3 walks...Was 5-for-13 (.385) in Boston's 4-game World
Series sweep over the Rockies.
Had his best offensive performance of the 2007 playoffs in Game 1 of the World Series on October
24 at Fenway Park...Reached base in 4 of his 5 plate appearances in that contest, going 3-for-4
with an RBI and a walk...Was his lone multi-hit game in the 2007 postseason.
Previously had appeared in 5 Division Series games with Houston (3 games in 2001) and Los Angeles
(2 games in 2006).
SUMMARY: Combined for a .278 batting average
with 12 home runs, 37 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases in 122 games for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006...his home run and stolen base totals were both the second-highest for a season in his Major League career...began the season with Tampa
Bay, compiling a .308 average with 12 homers, 27
RBI and 18 steals in 73 games...started 72 games at
shortstop with the Devil Rays...at the time of his July
31 trade to the Dodgers, was leading Tampa Bay in
hitting and ranked ninth in the American League in stolen
bases...acquired by Los Angeles for infielder Joel
Guzman and outfielder Sergio Pedroza, Lugo made
starts at second base (14), third base (13), shortstop
(2), right field (2) and left field (1) over the final two
months of the season...batted .276 (16-for-58) in his
first 19 games with the Dodgers but finished with a
.219 overall average with 10 RBI in 49 contests with
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Batted .284 (90-for-317)
against righties and .263 (31-for-118) against lefties...hit .385 (25-for-65) in 17 interleague games...went
18-for-55 (.327) in close-and-late situations...hit .349
(37-for-106) in June and .313 (26-for-83) in July, but
batted just .235 (19-for-81) in August and .200 (13-
for-65) in September/October...had a .304 (42-for-138)
batting average when leading off an inning...hit .298
(90-for-302) in his 81 games as a shortstop.
MORE 2006 HIGHLIGHTS: August 9 vs. Colorado
made his first Major League appearance at third
base...Aug. 13 vs. San Francisco made his second big-league start in right field and first since Sept. 6, 2000...was placed on the D.L. on April 7
after suffering an abdominal strain in the first game of the season...was activated on May 6...cracked two home runs on June 16 at Philadelphia, his third career multi-homer game...became the
second Devil Ray to homer twice in the same inning when he smacked two two-run blasts in the fifth
inning on July 22 vs. Baltimore...marked his fourth career multi-homer game...finished the game
with a season-high four RBI.
SUMMARY: Established career bests with a .295 batting average, 185 hits and 39 stolen bases,
the latter ranking fourth-best in the American League...started a team-high 155 games...led the
Rays in games and walks...led all Major League shortstops in batting average, doubles, triples,
RBIs and steals...became only the fifth Devil Ray ever with 180 or more hits in a season, joining
Carl Crawford, Aubrey Huff, Rocco Baldelli and Randy Winn...his 39 steals were most among A.L.
shortstops...stole third base a club-record 12 times...batted .314 with runners in scoring position,
third-best on the team behind Jorge Cantu and Carl Crawford.
IT STARTS AT THE TOP: Hit primarily in the leadoff
spot after the All-Star break, with the Rays going 29-26 when he hit in the No. 1 hole...had a pair of leadoff
home runs: Aug. 13 at Cleveland off Scott Elarton
and Aug. 31 at Boston off Tim Wakefield.
STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE: Was the third-hardest to
double up in the American League (one every 123.2
AB), behind only Ichiro Suzuki and Johnny Damon...was the A.L.'s eighth-toughest to strike out (one every 9.6 AB).
SMALL BALL: Led the club with 23 infield hits and
tied with Alex Sanchez for most bunt singles with 6...his 18 bunts in play tied for ninth-most in the A.L.
JOYRIDE IN JULY: His .357 (40-for-112) batting average in July was tied for fourth-best in the A.L...his 40 hits were the most ever by a Ray in the month of July and ranked second in the league...his nine doubles in the month were second-most in the Majors behind only David
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Had a season-high 10-game hitting streak from April 8-18...all six of his home runs came on the road...season average peaked at .305 on Sept. 2...joined Jorge Cantu as the only Rays with a road average of .300 or better (.300)...his 24 hits in interleague play tied for third-most in club history...his 24 errors were fourth-most among American
Tied for 6th in the A.L. with 41 doubles, tied for 8th with 21 steals, and drove in a career
high 75 runs...made 155 starts, tied with Aubrey Huff for the team high: 142 at shortstop, 8 at
second base and 5 at DH...his 41 doubles ranked 3rd among M.L. shortstops...his .314 road batting
average was tied for 11th-best in the A.L...batted .309 (47-for-142) with runners in scoring
position and .421 (8-for-19) with the bases loaded, both club highs...also led the team with 8 bunt
singles...his 25 errors were 2nd-most among A.L. shortstops...batted .316 (31-for-98) in June when
the Rays went 20-6, their best month ever...had Tampa Bay's first-ever 5-hit game on June 24 at
Toronto...June 4 at Baltimore became the first Ray to score 4 runs in a game.
Set a career best with 15 homers in 139 combined games with Houston and Tampa Bay in 2003...batted a combined .271 with 15 homers and 55 RBI...his 52 RBI with Tampa Bay was a then club record for a shortstop...started the season with Houston before being released on May 9 and signing with Tampa Bay on May 16...started 114 of 118 games after joining the Rays...hit 10 home
runs in his final 38 games of the season, including 4 straight games at Toronto from September
22-25...batted .300 with 12 homers and 37 RBI after the All-Star break...led the Rays with 8 bunt
hits and 7 sac bunts.
Missed the final 6 weeks of the season after breaking a bone in his left forearm when hit
by a pitch on August 12 at Chicago (Kerry Wood)...underwent season-ending surgery on August
14 to repair the fracture, performed by Dr. Tom Mehlhoff...became the everyday shortstop on
April 17 when Adam Everett was optioned to the minors...had 8 errors in 81 games as a shortstop,
including none in his first 18 games...cracked his first leadoff home run and 3rd of his career on
July 12 vs. Cincinnati...recorded the first multi-homer game of his career on June 16 vs. Texas.
Scored a career-high 93 runs with Houston...marked his first full season as Houston's starting
shortstop, but also appeared in 6 games in left field, 2 in right and 2 at second base...led off
consecutive games (May 13-14) at Cincinnati with a home run, becoming the first Astro to do so
since Brian L. Hunter in 1996...tied a Houston club record for most hits in a 9-inning game when
he went 5-for-5 on May 6 at Montreal...his grand slam on April 27 vs. Florida (Brad Penny) was the
first of his career...had a 26-game errorless streak from June 18-July 17.
Made his major league debut with the Astros, ranking 2nd among National League rookies with 5 triples and 22 stolen bases...also finished among N.L. rookie leaders in home runs (6th with 10), RBI (5th with 40), multi-hit games (3rd with 31), runs (3rd with 78), hits (4th with 19), total
bases (T3rd with 181), doubles (4th with 22), hitting streak (T3rd at 14), walks (5th with 37) and
extra-base hits (T3rd with 27)...made 57 starts at shortstop, 40 at second base, one in centerfield
and one in rightfield...was Houston's leadoff batter in 46 games...was recalled from Triple-A New
Orleans on April 11 and made his major league debut as a pinch runner on April 15 at San Diego...
recorded his first career major league hit and scored his first run on April 19 at Los Angeles...had
his first RBI and stolen base on April 26 vs. the Cubs...recalled for a 2nd time on May 27...made
his first Astros start at shortstop on May 28 vs. Atlanta...hit his first big league home run on June
21 vs. Los Angeles off Carlos Perez...hit safely in a career-high 14 straight games from September
3-16, batting .452.
Was named to the Texas League All-Star team after leading Double-A Jackson in hitting (.319, 6th in league) and stolen bases (25) and ranking 2nd in runs scored (77).
Was a Florida State League All-Star after setting a club record at Single-A Kissimmee with 223 total bases and leading the league with 14 triples...led all Astros farmhands and ranked 5th in the FSL with 51 stolen bases...also paced the team with 81 runs, 154 hits and 45 multi-hit games.
Led the Florida State League with 14 triples and ranked 3rd with 89 runs scored...led all Astros farmhands with 35 stolen bases at Single-A Kissimmee.
Spent his second professional season at Single-A Quad City, ranking among Astros minor league leaders in batting average (9th at .295) and stolen bases (tied for 3rd with 24).
Began his professional career at Single-A Auburn, stealing a club-high 17 bases.