Larry Jose Infante Figueroa
listed as Larry Jason Infante in some US sources
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
Larry Infante played in AAA in parts of three seasons.
Infante signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in February 2004. He hit .342/.443/.441 with 46 runs, 30 walks and 24 steals in 31 tries for the 2004 DSL Angels. Coming to the US, he split 2005 between the AZL Angels (.227/.324/.353 in 36 G) and the Salt Lake Stingers (2 for 7, 2 RBI) as a utility infielder. He struck out in his only at-bat in the Venezuelan League regular season for the Cardenales de Lara then was 2 for 12 with a double in the postseason. In the summer of 2006, Larry played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels (.254/.315/.378 in 88 G) and Salt Lake Bees (0 for 2). He fielded .985 in 58 games at 2B for Cedar Rapids and .972 in 28 games at SS, backing up Hainley Statia. He was 0 for 1 for Lara in the regular season (again, a whiff) and 3 for 16 with a walk in the postseason.
In 2007, the Miranda native played for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (.282/.312/.378 in 58 G) and Cedar Rapids (0 for 2). He was the Quakes' most-used third baseman with 48 games, fielding .923. The next summer, he hit .274/.333/.351 in 111 games for Rancho Cucamonga while fielding .965 at the hot corner; he was 1 for 10 for Salt lake. Baseball America rated him as the best defensive third baseman in the California League. He finished his minor league career with a .276/.342/.375 batting line, 174 runs and 142 RBI in 371 games.
Infante moved to Spain for 2009, signing with Baseball Navarra. He hit .379/.427/.641 with 14 home runs and 27 runs in 26 games. He had a 3.68 ERA in four games pitched and fielded .987. He was 8th in the Division de Honor in average (between Oscar Angulo and Jesús Golindano), 3rd in slugging (behind Luis Pérez and Richard Montiel), tied Daniel Sánchez for second in doubles (13, one behind Dirimo Chávez), tied for fifth in home runs (4), was 8th in total bases (66, between Kelvin Marianucci and Hector Perozo) and 7th in assists (92).
In 2010, he hit .425/.526/.938 with 16 homers, 12 steals in 13 tries, 49 runs and 36 RBI in 30 contests for Navarra. He led the league in slugging (.154 ahead of runner-up Montiel), OPS (166 points ahead of Tony Granadillo), runs (one more than Emmanuel Febles), homers (five ahead of Montiel) and total bases (106, one more than Montiel). He was also second in average (.052 behind Granadillo), second in OBP (37 points shy of Granadillo), tied Golindano and Febles for 7th in RBI, tied for 5th in walks (24), tied Angulo for 5th in steals, was third in assists (112) and tied for 7th in double plays turned (19).
Larry did not play in Spain in 2011. He returned in 2012 and had a big year. He won a Triple Crown for the Astros Valencia. He produced at a .471/.535/.838 clip with 14 homers, 13 steals in 19 tries, 51 runs and 50 RBI in 36 games while fielding .977. He led the Division de Honor in average (.004 ahead of Sandel Cuevas), slugging (.038 ahead of Cuevas), OPS (88 points better than Cuevas), runs (7 more than Cuevas), hits (64, one more than Cuevas), RBI (8 ahead of Cuevas), homers (4 ahead of Blake Ochoa) and total bases (114, 6 more than Cuevas). He was second to Daniel Martinez in OBP (28 points shy), second to Okaury Montero in steals, third in assists (114) and third in double plays (26, behind José Luis Riera and Cuevas). In 2013, Infante was 5 for 16 with a homer for the Astros.