"The Great Balbino" is on the move. 2015-16 Storm Chasers infielder and designated hitter Balbino Fuenmayor has signed with the Atlanta Braves as a minor league free agent.
Fuenmayor in 117 total games over those two seasons with Omaha combined for a .304 batting average (130-427), adding 39 runs, 29 doubles, one triple, eight homers and 57 RBI. The 27-year-old returned to the Storm Chasers in 2016 after suffering a serious knee injury in his first year with the club in 2015, playing in 101 contests for Omaha this past season after playing in just 16 before suffering the injury.
Over those 101 games in 2016, Fuenmayor hit .291 (104-358) with 27 runs, 23 doubles, six homers and 42 RBI. He ranked second on the club in doubles, third in hits and fourth in RBI during that campaign. He was promoted to the Storm Chasers in 2015 from Double-A Northwest Arkansas and hit .377 (26-69) along with 12 runs, six doubles, one triple, two homers and 15 RBI before his season was cut short due to injury.
The Venezuela native was originally signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2006. He was signed by the Royals as a minor league free agent on October 29, 2014 after playing in indepedent ball during the 2013-14 seasons. Over nine minor league seasons, Fuenmayor has compiled a .269 average (679-2520) with 284 runs, 153 doubles, 15 triples, 63 homers and 355 RBI in 684 games.
Fuenmayor is currently competing in the Venezuelan Winter League with Caribes de Anzoategui, and participated in the circuit's Home Run Derby on Monday evening, which included 12 home runs in the second round and seven in the final round.
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