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Zoilo Manuel Almonte (born June 10, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees and Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican Baseball League.

Zoilo Almonte
Zoilo Almonte on June 29, 2013.jpg
Almonte with the New York Yankees
Chunichi Dragons – No. 42
Born: (1989-06-10) June 10, 1989 (age 30)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: June 19, 2013, for the New York Yankees
NPB: March 30, 2018, for the Chunichi Dragons
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average.221
Home runs2
Runs batted in12
NPB statistics
(through July 10, 2019)
Batting average.311
Home runs17
Runs batted in83



New York YankeesEdit

Almonte was added to the Yankees' 40 man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[1]

For the week of June 11-17, 2012, Almonte was named Eastern League player of the week.[2][3] He was named player of the week of the International League on May 6, 2013.[4] The Yankees promoted Almonte to the major leagues on June 19, 2013.[5] Almonte made his Major League debut in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers the same day he was called up, grounding out as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th inning. He got his first major league hit the next day against Kyle Farnsworth of the Tampa Bay Rays, a pinch-hit single off the third base bag. He hit his first major league home run the very next day off Roberto Hernández of the Rays. On July 20, 2013, Almonte was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an ankle sprain.

He was optioned back down to AAA on June 4, 2014 after only being called up the previous month. On July 9, 2014 Zoilo Almonte was recalled to the big leagues to replace Masahiro Tanaka who was placed on the 15-day DL. On July 13, 2014, Almonte was sent back down to AAA. On July 28, Almonte was recalled back up to the Yankees replacing pitcher Jeff Francis on the roster after Francis was designated For assignment and released. Almonte was designated for assignment on September 2, 2014, and outrighted to AAA Scranton on September 5.

Atlanta BravesEdit

Almonte signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on November 10, 2014.[6] He was outrighted off the roster on March 31, 2015,[7] and elected free agency on April 9.[8]

Pericos de PueblaEdit

On February 1, 2016, Almonte signed with the Pericos de Puebla Of The Mexican League, but only played 7 games for the club.

Sultanes de MonterreyEdit

On April 12, 2016, Almonte was traded from the Pericos to the Sultanes de Monterrey.

Chunichi DragonsEdit

On December 27, 2017, Almonte was officially unveiled as a Chunichi Dragons player for the 2018 Nippon Professional Baseball season on an incentive laden ¥50,000,000, one-year deal.[9] He re-signed with the Dragons for the 2019 season on a one year deal worth, ¥100,000,000. [10]


  1. ^ Yankees add five players to 40-man roster/
  2. ^ "Zoilo Almonte Earns EL Player of the Week | Trenton Thunder News". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  3. ^ Beverly Schaefer / For The Times. "Trenton Thunder outfielder Zoilo Almonte named Eastern League Player of the Week". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
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  5. ^ "Almonte set to debut in Yankees' nightcap | News". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 10, 2014). "Braves add veteran trio to build org depth". Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 31, 2015). "Almonte outrighted; Braves' outfield competition shrinks". Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff; Polishuk, Mark (April 9, 2015). "Minor Moves: Almonte, De Leon, McGuire". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "竜、モヤとアルモンテ決定 背番「44」「42」年俸ともに5000万円" [Moya and Almonte confirmed for Dragons. ¥50M per year, presented with 44 and 42.]. Chunichi Sports (in Japanese). 27 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
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