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Jacinto Cipriota

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Jacinto Ignacio Cipriota (Peto)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lbs.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jacinto Cipriota signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in May 2007. He debuted as a pro with the DSL Devil Rays, hitting .229/.317/.295 in 43 games and fielded .974 at second base. In 2008, he hit .308/.370/.431 for the VSL Rays and was 0 for 4 for the 2009 GCL Rays. He did not play in the US in 2010.

In 2011, he was with the Toronto Blue Jays' DSL Blue Jays, hitting .205/.343/.226 in a utility role. He helped the Argentinian national team win the 2011 South American Championship; his two-run triple off Damián Villanueva was a big hit in the Gold Medal game against Ecuador. He led the 2012 South American Championship with four RBI and was named the best infielder as Argentina again won the Gold.

With the independent Rio Grande Valley White Wings in 2012, he batted .215/.229/.280. In 2013, he had a strong turn for the McAllen Thunder, hitting .274/.367/.323 and fielding .980 at 2B. He was one of three Argentinians on that team, joining Mauricio Nagahashi and Lucas Nakandakare, presumably the first US minor league team with three Argentinians. He split 2014 between the San Angelo Colts (9 for 29, 2B, BB) and Brownsville Charros (.252/.336/.317 in 34 G). He appeared for Argentina in the 2015 South American Championship.

He dazzled in the 2018 South American Championship, with at least one run and one RBI in every game. He finished the event at .542/.593/.667 with 12 runs and 12 RBI in six games. In the Gold Medal Game, with a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games at stake (Argentina only having previously qualified for the Pan American Games as host, not through winning a qualifying tournament), he singled off Igor Kimura to drive in Sebastián García with the first two runs in a 7-1 win; he also scored twice and drove in a third run that day. For the tournament, he led in runs (4 ahead of García, Felipe Burin and Alex Yun), RBI (one ahead of Burin), hits (13, 2 ahead of Burin) and doubles (3, tied with Burin and Juan Martín). He was second in average, .008 behind Burin, 4th in OBP (between James Sommerville and Yun) and 3rd in slugging (after Burin and Yun). Pitching ace Diego Echeverría won tournament MVP instead.

His sister Luz Cipriota is a noted actress.