Infielder Kristopher Negron has been selected as OUR D-backs Spring Training Player of the Week (3/6-3/12) after batting .384 (5-13) with three RBI, three runs scored and a homerun.
The Cosumnes River College (Elk Grove, Calif.) product started the week batting .143 and saw his average climb to .261 after yesterday's performance. The Diamondbacks inked him to a minor league deal in late November. He spent the 2016 season in the Cubs system, posting a .256/.308/.403 triple-slash while swatting nine home runs, driving in 43 and swiping 23 bases.
Negron was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round (No. 223 overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft after he attended Cosumnes River College, where he hit .361, with 78 runs and 31 steals in 2006. During his 2009 campaign, he was acquired by the Reds in exchange for SS Alex Gonzalez and cash. The speedy infielder ranked second among all Reds Minor League batters with 35 stolen bases in 2010 and was rated the best defensive shortstop in the Southern League in Baseball America's Best Tools issue.
Negron made his MLB debut on June 7, 2012 with the Cincinnati Reds. With 96 games played in the big leagues over the course of his career, Negron could add some veteran leadership to the potentially youthful Aces roster in 2017.
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