Juan Centeno

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Juan Centeno
Juan Centeno on June 8, 2015.jpg
Centeno with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2015
Boston Red Sox
Born: (1989-11-16) November 16, 1989 (age 29)
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 2013, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.227
Home runs6
Runs batted in35
Career highlights and awards

Juan C. Centeno (/sɛnˈtn/ sen-TAY-noh;[1] born November 16, 1989) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher in the Boston Red Sox organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.

Centeno was called up to the majors for the first time on September 9, 2013.[2] He made his major league debut on September 18, 2013 against the San Francisco Giants, going 2 for 4 with two singles, and his first career RBI. In 2015, after C Jonathan Lucroy was injured, Juan was called up to Milwaukee. He would be sent down to AAA Colorado Springs when Lucroy returned. On November 30, 2013, Centeno signed a minor league deal with the Twins.


Juan Centeno Sept 19 2013.jpg

New York Mets[edit]

Juan Centeno was selected in the round 32 as the 991 pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets. He received a $5,000 sign bonus. He was selected primarily because of his defensive qualities, as his batting capabilities were not the best.[3]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

In 2016, he had a breakthrough year in MLB as he was brought by the Minnesota Twins to be their regular back-up catcher. He played 55 games and had 155 plate appearances where he batted .265 with 3 home runs and 25 runs batted in.

Houston Astros[edit]

In December 2016, Centeno signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.[4] He appeared in his first game for the Astros on May 23, 2017 against the Detroit Tigers where he homered in his debut. In 22 games with the Astros in 2017, Centeno finished with a .231 batting average, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI. The Astros finished the season with a 101-61 record, and eventually won the World Series for the first time ever. Centeno only appeared in one postseason game, but did not record a plate appearance.[5] He was outrighted to AAA on November 22, 2017.

Texas Rangers[edit]

He was claimed off waivers on November 27 by the Texas Rangers.[6] He was designated for assignment on May 3, 2018 and sent to outright Triple-A. He declared free agency on October 2, 2018.[7]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On November 13, 2018, Centeno signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox.

International career[edit]

Puerto Rico Winter League[edit]

In the 2016–2017 season he played with the Tiburones de Aguadilla as the everyday catcher.

World Baseball Classic[edit]

He is being considered to play as a backup catcher on the Puerto Rican national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic substituting Yadier Molina.

Personal life[edit]

Centeno is married.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Las Vegas 51s 2014 roster. Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ New York Mets [@Mets] (8 September 2013). "Outfielder Mike Baxter, RHP Aaron Harang and catcher Juan Centeno will join the team in New York tomorrow" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Suena alto el nombre de Juan Centeno". November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  4. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 24, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Dec. 10-22". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  5. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Adams, Steve (November 27, 2017). "Rangers Claim Juan Centeno From Astros". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 8, 2018). "Players Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Suena alto el nombre de Juan Centeno". November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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