article by Jack Markey
Adrian Beltre was born April 7, 1979 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Beltre’s uncle played briefly in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals. Adrian Beltre’s best two sports when he was young were Tennis and Basketball. It wasn’t until he was about 12 before he finally showed his skills in baseball.
Beltre attended school at Liceo Maximo Gomez High School. There he developed his game skills. When he was fifteen, he was already getting scouted by the pros. In 1994, he was signed by the Dodgers with a $23,000 bonus. In the league, someone has to be at least sixteen to be scouted, while Adrian Beltre was only fifteen when he was first signed. This drew a lot of attention, but Beltre was still signed.
He attended his first year in the minor leagues in 1996. He was apart of the Savannah Sand Gnats. Adrian Beltre was the youngest player on the team and worked incredibly hard on his skills in the game. In 1997, he played a full season for Vero Beach, a Florida League.
Over his first year in the major leagues, the Dodgers made many adjustments to Beltre’s stance and form at the plate and in the field. Adrian Beltre spent most of his first year on the bench and watching from the dugout. He finished his season with a batting average of .215. He had hit 7 homers and 22 RBI’s. He was almost traded to the Seattle Mariners in the offseason, but the trade was canceled.
Adrian ended with a great second season with the Dodgers ending with a .275 batting average, 15 homers, and 67 RBI’s. In the offseason, there was a lot of suspicion on the signing of Adrian Beltre. There was a lot of controversy over the issue, but the Dodgers were just issued a fine and Beltre stayed. Unfortunately, in his 2001 season, he incurred an injury. He didn’t see the field until mid-May. With these health problems, he still had a decent year with a .265 batting average.
In his next few seasons, Adrian Beltre was not performing well.He was batting the worst on the starting roster. Over the next season, things began to change for him. He was at the plate with authority and hitting much better. He was finally a top hitter in the 2004 season and showed his true talent. He led the major league with 48 homers, a .334 batting average, and 121 RBI’s.
Over the upcoming off season, he was traded to the Mariners. He played a few seasons with the Mariners and became a free agent. He was then signed by the Boston Red Sox. Finally, he was traded to the Rangers where he spent the rest of his career and had solid seasons