Luis Ugueto

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2002 Leaf Rookies & Stars #310 Luis Ugueto

Luis Enrique Ugueto C.

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

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Luis Ugueto is considered by some to be the best defensive shortstop who ever played in the CPBL.

He began his professional playing career when the Florida Marlins signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1996 and he played in their minor league system through the 2001 season. The Seattle Mariners acquired Ugueto through the Rule 5 Draft process in late 2001 and he made his major league debut with the Mariners on April 3, 2002. Ugueto split 2002 & 2003 between the Mariners and the minor leagues. He completed the affiliated ball portion of his career in the Minnesota Twins organization in 2007. After that, he played internationally before finishing his career in 2016 in his native Venezuela.

He hit .222/.391/.389 for the Tigres de Aragua in the 2008 Caribbean Series. He joined Danesi Nettuno well into the 2008 Serie A1 season, replacing the injured Frank Menechino. In the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg, he was one of Nettuno's top performers, hitting .421/.500/.789 with 6 runs in 5 games for the Silver Medalists. He saved his best for last, going 4 for 4 with 4 runs and 3 RBI in their Gold Medal game loss to FC Barcelona. Ugueto went 2 for 5 with 4 walks and 2 runs to help Nettuno win the 2008 European Cup Final Four.

Ugueto turned to coaching in Venezuela and was the manager for the Cardenales de Lara during the 2019/2020 season where he led his team to a Venezuelan League championship. The following year he managed the Tigres de Aragua. He returned to the Tigres in 2021 but was fired on November 5, 2021 after the team got off to a 3-7 start.

The Atlanta Braves hired Ugueto to coach the FCL Braves in 2023 and the Mississippi Braves in 2024.

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