Miguel Elias Rojas Naidenoff…born Feb. 24, 1989 in Los Teques, Venezuela…married to wife Mariana Rojas Gamboa; they have a son, Aaron Elias and daughter Amber Lucia... despite not watching his first American football game until 2017, won the 2017 Marlins’ clubhouse fantasy football league along with co-owners Martín Prado and then-head athletic trainer Dustin Luepker. His team, Tres Amigos, made a run to the semifinals in 2019 but has yet to return to its 2017 glory...Rojas changed his number from 19 to 11 for the 2022 season to honor his grandfather who passed away during the offseason…Rojas wore 11 as a child in Venezuela where his grandfather instilled the love of baseball in him…made his Major League debut on June 6, 2014…signed as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 24, 2005 by the Reds… signed by scouts Luis Baez and Maximo Rombley.
Slashed .236/.283/.323 in 140 games (team-high) for Miami, totaling 19 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 36 RBI…struck out 61 times and walked 26...Led the charge in multiple offensive categories: games (first, 140), hits (first, 111), total bases (fourth, 152) and doubles (fufth, 18)...Started 132 games at shortstop (136 GP), producing a .987 fielding percentage, committing just seven errors in 531 total chances…also appeared at first base for 10 games over 28.0 innings...Stole nine bases, tying his second-highest mark (2019)…set a career-best in 2021 with 13 swipes...Established an eight-game hitting streak from July 22 – 31, slashing .323/.364/.419 during that span with three doubles and six RBI…was tied for fourth best on the team with Jacob Stallings...Carried a ten-game on-base streak from May 20 – June 1, hitting .297 (11-for-37) with three doubles and six RBI during the span…currently on a seven-game on-base streak dating back to Sept. 24...Produced his best offensive month in June, slashing .281/.330/.416/.746 with three doubles, three homers, and 11 RBI...Recorded a .353 average (6-for-17) in 17 games with a 2-0 count, also averaged .333 (18-for-54) in 46 games with a 0-1 count and a .333 average (24-for-72) when starting a fresh at-bat…faired well when behind in the count, producing a .269/.282/.325 slashline in 100 games...Was traded to the Dodgers on Jan. 11 for shortstop Jacob Amaya. Had two six-game on-base streaks: June 11 – June 17 and June 26 – July 2, totaling five doubles two homers, and seven RBI during the 12 games…held a .222/.280/.305 slashline with seven doubles and three homers for 20 RBI during 71 home contests compared to a .250/.280/.305 slashline across 69 road games with 12 doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI…had similar offensive numbers before and after the All-Star break, averaging .240 (66-for-275) with 21 RBI before the Midsummer Classic and a .230 (45-for-196) average with 15 RBI after the game…did not record a hit as a pinch hitter over three at-bats…established a six-game hit streak from June 26 – July 2, averaging .350 (7-for-20) with one home run and three RBI.
Played in 132 games in 2021. Hit .265 with career highs for a single season with 30 doubles, 36 walks and 13 stolen bases. Added nine home runs and 48 RBI... Named the Marlins’ winner of the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award for the 2021 season. The esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game... Had 36 multi-hit game on the season and owned .768 OPS at home (69 games) and .658 OPS on the road (63 games)... Missed 18 games from May 28-June 18 with a left index finger dislocation.
Miguel Elias Rojas Naidenoff batted .304 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 20 RBI in 40 games in 2020... Started the season 7x10 with a home run, double, triple and five RBIs before landing on the Injured List on Aug. 4... Hit a game-tying three-run home run against Philadelphia to help win the opening series of the season... In his first at-bat back from the IL on Aug. 21, hit a three-run home run off Washington’s Patrick Corbin in the 2nd inning at Nationals Park... Had hits in each of his first three postseason games. Including a home run in the second inning Game 1 of the Division Series against Atlanta off Max Fried... Named a Rawling Gold Glove Award finalist at shortstop at the end of the season after making just three errors in 165 chances (.982)... Marlins nominee for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award.
Miguel Elias Rojas Naidenoff set career highs in hits (137), doubles (29), runs scored (52), and walks (32) in his fifth season with the Marlins in 2019...He hit .284 (137x483), his highest single-season average since batting .290 in 90 games in 2017...His .285 average as a shortstop was the sixth-best mark in the National League, and the eighthbest average by a Marlin, the best since José Reyes hit .287 in 2012...He homered in three consecutive games from July 27-29, all coming from the leadoff spot. The first two home runs of this streak were leadoff homers, while the third came in the second inning...He was just the third Marlin (fourth time) to homer in three straight games when batting leadoff, joining Hanley Ramirez (June 29-July 1, 2008; August 4-7, 2007) and Cliff Floyd (April 1-3, 1998). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was just the second player in Club history with a leadoff homer in back-to-back games, joining Hanley Ramirez, who did so on July 17-18, 2006 vs. Washington...His three leadoff homers tied for the fourth-most in Club history (Hanley Ramirez holds the top three spots)...On September 17 at Arizona, went 4x6 with three doubles and six RBI, setting a career high in RBI and tying a career best in doubles...He became just the second shortstop since 1900 to record three-or-more doubles and at least six RBI in a single game. The other was St. Louis's Ozzie Smith, who did so on June 17, 1993 at the Cubs (5x5, 3 2b, 6 rbi). - Elias Sports Bureau...Had a career-long 12-game hitting streak from July 21 through the second game of a double header at the Mets on August 5 (.372; 16x43, 2b, 3b, 3 hr, 4 rbi). Left game two of that doubleheader with a right hamstring strain and was placed on 10-day IL on August 7...Was reinstated from Injured List on September 1. Batted .288 (23x80) over his final 19 games of the season.
Set career highs for games (153), runs scored (44), hits (123), home runs (11), RBI (53) and steals (6)...Had exactly one home run in each of first four Major League seasons entering 2018...First Marlin playing primarily at shortstop to reach 10 home runs since Jose Reyes in 2012 (11)...Prior to 2018, season high for RBI was 26, done in 2017...Named 2018 "Mr. Marlin" award winner by South Florida BBWAA...Recorded first career walk-off hit on March 30 vs. Cubs (single); marked second career walk-off RBI (sac fly on August 26, 2017 vs. San Diego)...Had 10-game hitting streak from April 7-17, batting .350 (14x40) with a double, two home runs, and three RBI...Marked longest hitting streak of career within a single season, and tied for longest career hitting streak spanning multiple years (also, September 25, 2017 to April 1, 2018)... Had first career multi-HR game on May 20 at Atlanta.
Despite spending most of first half on disabled list, bounced back to set new career highs in runs (37), hits (79), doubles (16), triples (2), RBI (26), and average (.290) as the Club's primary shortstop... Recipient of the "Good Guy" Award, as voted on by the South Florida chapter of BBWAA...Average ranked third on team, behind Marcell Ozuna (.312) and Dee Gordon (.308)...Had a hit in 52 of 75 starts, batting .288 (76x264)...Made 70 starts at shortstop, three at third base and two at second base...Posted .397 average (25x63) over final 20 games to raise season average from .258 to .290...Recorded career-high four RBI on September 25 at Colorado...Had eight-game hitting streak (.375/12x32) snapped on September 24 at Arizona; was tied for career best...Posted first career walk-off RBI with sac fly in 11th inning on August 26 vs. San Diego...On disabled list May 9 to July 18 due to right thumb fracture...Made 10 rehab appearances with Double-A Jacksonville (two games; .143/1x7) and Single-A Jupiter (eight games; .308/8x26).
Had two hits on August 20 at Pittsburgh, giving him 42 for season, a new career high (previously 40 in 2015). Finished season with 48...Had first career stolen base on June 23 vs. Cubs...On June 26 vs. Cubs, became just seventh player in Club history to go 2x2 with 2 runs scored coming off the bench; first since Gaby Sanchez (4/16/10)...Had a hit in 15 of last 22 games started (.293/22x75), with seven doubles, a home run, and four RBI...Batted .262 (37x141) in 44 starts overall, with 10 doubles, a home run, and 13 RBI...Made first of 41 career appearances at 1B on April 5 vs. Detroit, and first of three starts there on July 24 vs. the Mets...Made no errors in 104.1 innings at first base, none in 170.2 innings at second base, and none in 43.0 innings at third base; made 4 errors in 208.2 innings at shortstop.
Opened season with Triple-A New Orleans and batted .301 (75x249) in 65 games through June 26 before being recalled to Marlins for remainder of season...Led NOLA in hits at time of recall...Opened 2015 with .328 (20x61) average in April, followed by .347 (34x98) mark in May that earned him Marlins' Minor League Player of the Month award...Appeared in 60 games for Miami after recall, making Marlins' debut on June 27 vs. the Dodgers...Recorded career bests in hits (40), doubles (7), RBI (17), and average (.282)...Hit .354 (23x65) over last 20 games, with three doubles, a home run, and nine RBI...His average over that stretch (September 11-end of season) led Major League shortstops...In 24 games off the bench, batted .273 (6x22), with two doubles and four RBI...Had three-run pinch-hit double on August 5 vs. the Mets; first such hit by a Marlins' player since Brett Carroll on September 2, 2009 vs. Atlanta. Also tied his career single-game high with three RBI...Tied career-high with three hits on July 2 vs. San Francisco and Sept. 25 vs. Atlanta (also, Aug. 10, 2014 at Milwaukee)...Appeared in 18 games for Tiburones de La Guaira in Venezuelan Winter League following the season, batting .177 (11x62) with seven runs scored and five RBI.
Had contract selected by Dodgers on June 6 and made Major League debut that night at Colorado as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the eighth inning...Made ?rst career start on June 8 at Colorado as third baseman...Flied out in ?rst career at-bat in second inning. Had ?rst career hit (single) and RBI in top of sixth inning; drove in last run of four-run rally that gave Dodgers 6-1 lead in a game that was called due to rain before bottom of sixth...Dodgers were 59-26 (.694) when Rojas appeared in a game...Had ?rst career multi-hit game on June 17 vs. Colorado (2x3), and recorded ?rst multi-RBI game next night, also vs. Rockies; knocked in three runs in that outing, marking a season high...Hit first career home run on July 9 at Detroit (Max Scherzer)...Opened season with Triple-A Albuquerque and hit .302 (48x159) in 51 games prior to selection to ML roster...After batting just .246 (15x61) over 21 games in April, rebounded by batting (33x98) over 30 games in May (27) and June (3), with 21 runs scored, four home runs and nine RBI...Was in midst of eight-game hitting streak at time of promotion, batting .412 (14x34). Scored at least one run in every game during that stretch (12 total), including three on June 2 vs. Salt Lake, and had four home runs and seven RBI...Hitting streak included ?ve straight multi-hit games from May 28-June 1, and six overall (all were two-hit games)...Hit home runs in consecutive games on May 28 & 29 (both at Sacramento) and June 2 & 3 (both vs. Salt Lake), marking ?rst back-to-back games with homers in career.
Appeared in team-high 130 games for Double-A Chattanooga as the team's primary shortstop...At the plate, batted .233 (98-for-420) with five home runs and 32 RBI...Selected as the Dodger Pride Award winner for the month of July after posting a .280 batting average (25-for-75) with seven runs, 21 hits, three doubles and four RBI in 25 games...Recorded four consecutive multi-hit performances from July 27-30 and recorded his first four-hit game on July 14...Tied for second on the team in both triples (2) and walks (40).
Signed by the Dodgers as a free agent on Nov. 13, 2012.
Spent his first seven professional minor league seasons in the Reds organization, first seeing action with the
Venezuelan Summer League in 2006.
Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 24, 2005 by the Reds.