Alexis Israel "Alex" Rios was born on February 18, 1981. He is a Puerto Rican-American Major League baseball outfielder who plays for the Chicago White Sox. He bats and throws right-handed. Rios was drafted in the firs .... Read More
Alexis Israel "Alex" Rios was born on February 18, 1981. He is a Puerto Rican-American Major League baseball outfielder who plays for the Chicago White Sox. He bats and throws right-handed. Rios was drafted in the first roun (19th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1999 MLB draft. A top prospect in the Blue Jays organization for several years, Rios had considerable success in the organization minor league system. In 2003, he hit a .352 with 11 home runs and 82 RBIs en route to winning the Double-A Eastern League Most Valuable Player award. Rios was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse for the start of the 2004 season and made the jump to the big leagues shortly thereafter.
In 2004 season, he finished his rookie season with Toronto hitting .286 with one home run, 55 runs and 28 RBI in 111 games.
In 2006 season, after his participation with the Puerto Rican team in the World baseball Classics, Rios began to show why the Blue jays valued him so highly in his break-out 2006 season. As of June 06, 2006, Rios was 1st in the league in batting average with a .359 average along with 11 home runs - a new personal best only 60 games into the 2006 season, 43 RBIs.
In 2007 season, the Blue Jays and Rios agreed to a 1 year contract and the two parties will avoid the process of salary arbitration. Rios performance earned him a spot as a reserve on the American League All-Star team and he also agreed to participate in the 2007 State Farm Home Run Derby. He led all competitors by hitting 19 home runs throughout the contest, but the final round was won by Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Ríos fielded the last out in the All-Star game. He led the team in all offensive categories during the first half of the season but slumped after the All-Star Break, with his hitting average settling to slightly below .300, and was overtaken by teammate Frank Thomas as HR and RBI leader . In 2007, he had the lowest range factor of all major league right fielders, 1.82.
In 2008 season, Rios agreed to a six year contract extension with the Blue Jays through 2014. He finished the 2008 season with a slight statistical decline: .291 average, 15 home runs, 32 stolen bases, and 79 runs batted in. The home run total tied him with Lyle Overbay for the the Blue Jays second most home runs that season (only Vernon Wells had more with 20). Ríos also set a career high in home runs after the All-Star Break that year.
In 2009 season, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Ríos struck out in all five of his plate appearances in a 6–5 loss to the Angels at Rogers Centre. Later that day Ríos was videotaped cursing a heckler after he walked past a child seeking an autograph while leaving a fundraising gala for the Jays Care Foundation. Ríos has since publicly apologized for the incident. The Blue Jays looking to shed Rios high salary or having soured on their five tool prospect, placed Rios on waivers on August 7. 2009. On August 10, 2009, Rios was officially claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Alex Rios now plays at center field. On August 19 2009, Rios hit his first home run as a member of the Chicago White Sox. The home run was thrown by Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke. Since joining the Chicago White Sox, Rios has been a non-factor hitting .155 (17 for his first 110 at bats) with 1 home run and 4 RBIs and a horrible 2-25 Walk-Strikeout ratio.
|Projects Name||Projects Year||Salary|
|Chicago White Sox||2009||$10,400,000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||2008||$4,835,000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||2007||$2,535,000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||2006||$354,000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||2005||$331,000|