Sergio Omar Gastélum Gavaliz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 200 lb.
Sergio Gastélum has over 1,600 minor league hits, 900 runs and (through 2013).
Gastélum was 0 for 3 as a rookie for the 1995 Mexico City Tigers; he was only 16 years old. In 1996, he hit .238/.303/.250 as a backup infielder for the Tigers. The next season, he became a regular, improving his batting line to .305/.364/.387. With the 1998 Tigers, he scored 71 runs and hit .308/.367/.385. He continued his progress in 1999, producing at a .337/.427/.434 clip with 92 runs and 61 walks in 106 games. He finished 8th in the Mexican League in average. During 2000, he had a career year as he hit .377/.452/.566 with 31 steals (in 42 tries), 13 triples, 77 RBI and 108 runs in 111 games to help his team win the title. He was third in average, behind Warren Newson and Oscar Azocar, tied Pedro Castellano and Eduardo Jimenez for second in runs (5 behind leader Sharnol Adriana), tied Willie Romero for 5th in hits (165), led in triples (2 ahead of Santiago Henry), was 5th in steals (between Luis Garcia and Tim Garland) and was 6th in OBP (between Jimenez and Tony Barron).
Sergio hit .271 in the winter of 2000-2001 for the Mexicali Eagles. In the summer of '01, he batted .317/.370/.460 for Mexico City. He hit .266/.355/.412 for the 2002 Tigers, .264 for the 2002-2003 Eagles, .301/.439/.417 in 34 games for the 2003 Tigers and .251 for the 2003-2004 Eagles. For the Angelopolis Tigers in 2004, he was just 14 for 50 with 8 walks, 2 doubles and a triple. He rebounded that winter and hit .333 for Mexicali to place 8th in the Mexican Pacific League, between Ramon Orantes and Damon Minor. Primarily a second baseman in the past, he was now playing a lot of third for the Tigers, he hit .317/.408/.446 with 28 doubles and 82 runs in 2005, his best summer in five years, though he failed to make the LMB's top 10 in any department. His club won the pennant.
In 2006, Gastélum batted .258/.358/.320 as a backup for the Tigres. After 11 seasons with the Tigres, he moved on to the Vaqueros Laguna for 2007 and hit .332/.414/.466 for them. He followed by hitting .320/.408/.408 in '08. He remained a solid contributor in 2009 (.316/.400/.407) and 2010 (.302/.399/.377, 75 R in 106 G). He went 6 for 23 with a double, 3 walks, a steal, four runs and a RBI while playing error-free ball as the Mexican national team's second baseman and #2 batter in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the Gold Medal game, he went 2 for 4 with a run in a 3-2 loss to the Dominican Republic.
Gastélum played for the Oaxaca Warriors in 2011-2012. He hit .288/.385/.398 the first year and .300/.380/.406 the next. He was back with Mexico for the 2011 Pan American Games and went 8 for 19 with no runs or RBI as their DH; the rest of his teammates his just .190. He tied for 5th in the event in hits, behind José Dariel Abreu, Yonathan Sivira, Brett Carroll and Jimmy Van Ostrand. Despite the poor team offense, Mexico made the Bronze Medal game but lost to Cuba; Sergio was 0 for 4 with two whiffs against Miguel Alfredo González and Yadier Pedroso as his bat too went cold against the Cuban arms. In 2013, he was an outfielder for the Mexico City Red Devils and hit .340/.408/.492.
He managed the 2018 Guerreros de Oaxaca.