José Manuel Briceño
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height' 6' 1", Weight 210 lb.
José Briceño is a catcher who saw big league action with the Los Angeles Angels.
Briceño was signed out of Venezuela by the Colorado Rockies before the 2010 season. He made his debut at 17 with the DSL Rockies, also spending the next season in the Dominican Summer League. He hit .205 the first year, but improved to .288 in 2011 while seeing regular playing time both seasons. In 2012, he moved stateside with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League, but played only 7 games. In 2013, he played 62 games between Grand Junction and the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League, hitting .307/.336/.520 with 22 doubles and 10 homers. In 2014, he had a full season with Asheville and continued to show a good bat, with a line of .283/.336/.476 in 84 games, with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 50 RBI. He was traded to the Braves on January 30, 2015, along with fellow catching prospect Chris O'Dowd, in return for major league pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser. He spent the season with the Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League, where he hit only .183/.215/.267 in 88 games. On November 12th, Briceño was traded to the Angels, along with Andrelton Simmons, in return for shortstop Erick Aybar, top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, and $2.5 million.
He was called up to the bigs on May 20, 2018 when Rene Rivera went on the disabled list with a knee injury. Briceño made his debut May 26 against the New York Yankees, going 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, hitting his first big league homer off Chasen Shreve in the 7th inning of an 11-4 win. In 46 big league games, he batted a modest .239/.299/.385 with 5 homers and 10 RBI. The Halos signed Jonathan Lucroy in the offseason and solidified their catching corps where Briceño was no longer considered a big league option. He was batting .215/.262/.405 in 22 games at Triple A Salt Lake City when he was released on August 8, 2019.