José Antonio Bautista Santos (born October 19, 1980) is a Dominican professional baseball right fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has major league experience at six different positions because of his role as a utility player earlier in his career.
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Bautista in the 20th round of the 2000 First Year Player Draft. After spending three seasons in the minor leagues, Bautista made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2004. He spent the entire season with five MLB organizations, eventually returning to Pittsburgh. He played with the Pirates for parts of five seasons, struggled to perform at a high level, and eventually found himself traded to the Blue Jays on August 21, 2008. Since September 2009, Bautista has been one of the most dominant hitters in the major leagues, hitting more home runs than any other player in that span.
In the 2010 season, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club. He led the major leagues in home runs in 2010 and 2011. He has won two Hank Aaron Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards and has been named to six MLB All-Star Game rosters. He has been awarded the American League Player of the Week three times and has been the Player of the Month on five different occasions.
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