Alejandro Alberto De Aza Ceda is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic, who plays as a Centerfielder. Fast and extremely brilliant on defensive plays, De Aza began his MLB career, like most others, in the minors.
In May 2001, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed De Aza as a non-drafted free agent. After 4 seasons in the minors with little in terms of progress, the Florida Marlins picked him out in the minors itself, based on the Rule 5 Draft, in 2004.
In the Marlins’ organization, while playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads in the A-League, De Aza batted at .286 with 75 RBI and 34 stolen bases. The following year, he moved up to the Carolina Mudcats and continued his good showing with a .278 batting average as well as 16 RBI and 27 stolen bases.
The string of strong performances got De Aza into the MLB roster for the Marlins in March 2007. In a move that surprised the baseball community, De Aza got the nod ahead of Reggie Abercombie, Eric Reed and Alex Sanchez.
De Aza returned the favour by batting at .606 in 9 games before suffering a hairline fracture on his ankle. He returned to the Marlins that year to end the season with 45 games under his belt and with 144 at-bats that threw up a batting average of .229. In 2009, De Aza started the season in the AAA-league however, he was soon called up to the majors and in the 18 games he has played so far, he has batted at .263 with 3 RBI.