The Tampa Bay Rays have advanced to their second World Series in franchise history after defeating the Houston Astros. One player who has been a pivotal piece to the success of the team is Randy Arozarena. Arozarena has been a big help to the Rays during the postseason, and he will look to do the same going into the World Series.
During the ALCS, Arozarena made postseason history, and he made a name for himself.
Randy Arozarena started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals
In July of 2016, Arozarena signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as an international free agent. Arozarena made his minor league debut in 2017 and spent his first full professional season with the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Springfield Cardinals. He was a Florida State League All-Star with the Palm Beach Cardinals. During his time with Palm Beach and Springfield, he batted .266 with 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases over 121 games.
In 2018, he started the season with the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate team of the St. Louis Cardinals. That year he represented the Cardinals in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game. Arozarena was one of the prospects in the Cardinals organization. During his time with the Redbirds, he helped the team win the Pacific Coast League title and was named a co-MVP of the PCL playoffs alongside teammate Tommy Edman.
Arozarena finally got the opportunity to play in the majors in 2019. On August 12, the Cardinals selected Arozarena’s contract and promoted him to the major leagues. He made his MLB debut on August 14 against the Kansas City Royals. During the 2019 season, he appeared in 19 games and hit .300 with one home run, two RBIs, and two stolen bases.
Randy Arozarena joining the Tampa Bay Rays and making an impact
In January of 2020, the Cardinals traded Arozarena to the Rays. The Rays were high on Arozarena’s potential and wanted him on the team. His debut with the Rays had to wait as he tested positive for COVID-19, but he joined the team on August 30. In 23 games during the regular season, batting .281 with seven home runs and 11 RBIs.
During the 2020 playoffs, Arozarena has been on a tear. Through 14 games in the playoffs, he has 21 hits, seven home runs, and 10 RBIs. There’s no question that he’s been the hottest hitter for the Rays, and he’s been clutch for them the entire postseason. He will look to continue to stay hot for the Rays going into the World Series.
Randy Arozarena making history during the playoffs
With all the success that he’s had in the postseason, Arozarena has set multiple records. His seven home runs in the playoffs are the most by a rookie in a single postseason. He’s two shy of the all-time record held by Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran, and Nelson Cruz. With the Rays advancing to the World Series, Arozarena has a good chance to reach that record.
After the Rays defeated the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS, Arozarena was named the ALCS MVP. He became the first rookie to win the award after putting together an impressive performance. Arozarena finished the series with a .321 batting average with four home runs and six RBIs. The Rays made the right move to acquire Arozarena, and it’s all starting to pay off.
All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference