Jonathan Araúz

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Jonathan Aldair Araúz Morales

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.

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Infielder Jonathan Araúz was barely 17 years old when he was involved in a significant major league trade. On December 12, 2015, he joined major league reliever Ken Giles in heading from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Houston Astros in return for five pitchers. Two of them, Brett Oberholtzer and Vince Velasquez had major league experience; one, Mark Appel, was a former Number 1 pick in the amateur draft; and the other two, Harold Arauz and Thomas Eshelman were longer shots. Harold Arauz was a fellow Panamanian, although no relation, but as the next youngest player in the deal, he was still three years older than Jonathan.

Jonathan signed his first professional contract with the Phillies shortly after turning 16 and received a sizable $600,000 signing bonus. The signing scout was Norman Anciani. He began his professional career in 2015 directly in the U.S., with the GCL Phillies, where he played every day, splitting time almost equally between shortstop and second base. In 44 games he hit .254/.309/.370 with 10 doubles and a pair of homers. Even in a circuit dominated by players just out of high school, he stood out by being three and a half years older than average, but he still managed to hold his own, giving him tremendous upside potential. That was why the Astros focused on him in their trade with the Phils after the season.

Arauz was grabbed from the Astros by the Boston Red Sox in the 2019 Rule V Draft. He made the team's opening day roster in 2020 and saw action in their first game of the season, delayed until July 24th, by the coronavirus pandemic. He played 2 innings at third base in a beatdown of the Baltimore Orioles and made an out in his only at-bat.

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