DURAZO, ERUBIEL  
 
Image of RUBY   Nickname:   RUBY Position:   1B
Home: Hermosillo, Mexico Team:   Retired
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   L
Weight: 240 Throws:   L
DOB: 1/23/1974 Agent: N/A
Birth City: Hermosillo, Mexico Draft: 1998 - Diamondbacks - Free agent (Out of Mexican League)
Uniform #: N/A  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1999 PCL TUCSON     118 27 48 7 0 10 28 1   14 18     .407
1999 AL DIAMONDBACKS $200.00 52 155 31 51 4 2 11 30 1   26 43     .329
1999 TL EL PASO     226 53 91 18 3 14 55 2   37 45     .403
2000 NL DIAMONDBACKS $260.00 67 196 35 52 11 0 8 33 1   34 43     .265
2000 PCL TUCSON     43 9 18 6 0 3 10 0   6 7     .419
2001 NL DIAMONDBACKS $260.00 92 175 34 47 11 0 12 38 0   28 49     .269
2002 NL DIAMONDBACKS $375.00 76 222 46 58 12 2 16 48 0   49 60     .261
2003 AL ATHLETICS $1,065.00 154 537 92 139 29 0 21 77 1   100 105     .259
2004 AL ATHLETICS $2,300.00 142 511 80 164 35 1 22 88 3   56 104     .321
2005 AL ATHLETICS $4,700.00 41 152 15 36 6 1 4 16 1   14 24     .237
2006 IL COLUMBUS   19 62 6 18 2 0 2 10 0 0 11 12 .400 .419 .290
2006 PCL OKLAHOMA   22 77 9 23 5 0 2 12 0 0 9 12   .442 .299
2006 IL ROCHESTER   17 53 7 14 6 0 1 3 0 0 12 14 .400 .434 .264
2007 MEX Monterrey Sulta   45 158 29 56 9 0 9 42 0 0 25 29 .446 .482 .354
2007 IL SCRANTON/WILKES   29 95 17 25 5 0 3 12 0 0 18 19   .411 .263
2008 MEX Monterrey                                
2009 MEX Monterrey   14 49 1 12 3 0 0 5 1 0 5 6 .327 .306 .245
PERSONAL:

LONG WAY FROM THE MAJORS

  • Growing up, Erubiel worked on his father's ranch in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Before his junior year in high school, he said goodbye to his family, which sacrificed to send him to Tucson to learn English. Durazo went to Amphitheater High School in Tucson and played two years at Pima Community College there.

    His idea was to learn English and get drafted. But he was a late bloomer, and when he didn't get drafted in 1993 out of high school, or 1995 out of Pima Community College, Erubiel signed with Monterrey of the Mexican League. They sent him to their low-classification team in Zacatecas, a small town in central Mexico. The players were housed in dorm-like quarters that were locked at 10 p.m. The food was adequate at best, and the front office seldom visited. All for $300 a month.

    So, while his brother worked toward his masters degree in mechanical engineering and his sister studied international business, Erubiel stayed on a dusty baseball diamond. After playing two years with the Sultans' rookie team in Zacatecas, he joined the big club in 1997. After the season, he was with Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League, finishing second in hitting with a .321 average with seven homers and 28 RBI. In 1998, he was rookie of the year in the summer Mexican League, playing for Monterrey. He hit .350-19-98 for Monterrey.

  • Durazo has an excellent work ethic. He is a good listener and learner, catching on quickly

  • The man who teammates call "Ruby" is deathly afraid of riding in elevators, a real issue considering the many high-rise hotels a Major League team stays in. "I hate riding in them. Especially the ones with glass. I stay near the door. I can't stand looking down," Durazo said.

  • Erubiel is shy, unassuming and soft-spoken.

  • In May 2002, Durazo was invited to Washington, D.C. with Mexican President Vicente Fox, attending Cinco de Mayo ceremonies. Erubiel was on the D.L. at the time, rehabbing after surgery to remove the broken hamate bone in his right wrist.

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  • Durazo alienated his teammates and D'Backs' management with chsosing to pout and sulk when he didn't get to play every day. He's a player who can't stand looking over his shoulder, and with Mark Grace and Greg Colbrunn on the roster, Durazo spent more time with his head cocked backward than looking forward. He betrayed his teammates when they needed him most, and that's simply unacceptable. The whispers inside the clubhouse were too much for him to stay in Arizona.

    TRANSACTION REPORT

  • December 1998: He signed with the D'Backs when they purchased his contract from the Monterrey Sultans of the Mexican League. Because he made it to the Majors, Arizona forked over a total of $120,000 to Monterrey -- a very small price, really.

  • December 15, 2002: The A's acquired Erubiel as part of a four-team deal in which Oakland sent pitcher Jason Arnold to the Blue Jays. The Reds sent P Elmer Dessens to the D'Backs, along with cash, while SS Felipe Lopez went from Toronto to Cincinnati. All of the teams sent one-third of a million dollars to the Diamondbacks.

  • The night before being traded for each other in the Oakland-Arizona-Cincinnati-Toronto deal, Elmer Dessens attended Erubiel Durazo's wedding in Mexico, being one of the official witnesses to sign the marriage document.
    Marriage gives Durazo a full life, helping, he said, "to take your mind off the game" and stressful situations. "I'm more relaxed now. I'm healthy."

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  • Ruby loves to play and shows enthusiasm on the field. He has good focus.

  • February 20, 2006: Durazo signed with the Rangers.

    March 27, 2006: The Rangers released Erubiel. Durazo, who played for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, was 5-for-23 this spring for the Rangers. BUT, he signed with their Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks team.

    May 17, 2006: Durazo was released by Oklahoma.

  • May 22, 2006: Erubiel signed with the Yankees organization.

  • December 21, 2006: Durazo signed with the A's organization.z

    March 31, 2007: Erubiel was released by the A's.

  • July 16, 2007: Durazo signed with the Yankees organization out of the Mexican League. He had been playing for the Monterrey Sultans of the Mexican League this year, where he was batting .354.
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    BATTING:

    • Durazo is a very strong lefthanded hitter with power to all fields. And his strike-zone judgment is tremendous. His batting eye is great, so he walks a lot. He gives you a great bat and tremendous attitude.
    • Erubiel swings a very big bat: 34 1/2 inches, 33 1/2 ounces. But he has a short, quick stroke with few holes in it.

    • Durazo is a fine, natural hitter. He has good plate discipline, a good eye and plus power from a quick, explosive swing. He will take his line-drive swing the other way, where a lot of guys try to win the game with one swing. Most of his homers go between center and right-center field. He rarely hits a ball to left field.

  • Erubiel has a no-maintenance swing. He can flat-out hit. He will post a good batting average throughout his career, most scouts believe. He has a very mature approach to hitting. He uses the whole field. He has the ability to hit the ball where it is pitched.

  • Erubiel has developed excellent plate discipline. He just doesn't swing at very many balls out of the strike zone. He walked 100 times in 2003.

  • He seems to be able to hit both rightys and lefty pitchers. His swing is short and compact. He has lefthanded power to the opposite field.

  • The best way to get Durazo out is if you pitch him away. But you have to keep the ball down. He will crush a belt-high offering. He loves the ball down and in and middle-to-belt-high away. You can throw him slow stuff, but you have to keep him honest inside to make that work. When Durazo chases breaking balls or pitches out of the strike zone, he can be handled.

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  • Erubiel is an excellent breaking ball hitter but has a weakness for stuff up in the zone.

  • Durazo had a poor 2002 season. After August 20, he hit just .208 (16 for 77) with just five RBIs. Ten of his 16 home runs and 25 of his 48 RBIs came in just six games. Those numbers scream both of his immense potential and maddening inconsistency.

    But for the season, Erubiel averaged a home run for every 14.2 at-bats. (In 2003, that frequency dropped to one homer per every 25.6 at-bats.)

  • In 2003, Durazo faced Major League lefthanded pitchers on a regular basis for the first time. And he hit them well, showing both patience and power. He batted .283 with 7 home runs in 173 at-bats against lefties, and .247 with 14 home runs in 364 at-bats against righthanders.

    In 2004, Erubiel hit .278 with 5 home runs in 158 at-bats vs. lefthanders, and .340 with 17 home runs in 353 at-bats off righthanded pitching.

  • Entering the 2006 season, Erubiel had a career batting average of .281 with 94 home runs and 330 RBI.
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    FIELDING:

    • Erubiel's best position is first base. He also plays the outfield, but not real well. And his footwork at first base is poor, too. He doesn't have much range at all.

      But he saves his infielders by picking a low throw out of the dirt real well. He lacks quickness. But he fields a bunt well.
    • In the outfield, Durazo's arm is more than a little short. In fact, his arm is a problem at first base. He has trouble with the feed to second base on the double play. He short-arms the ball rather than throwing it. He lacks the speed and range you look for in an outfielder.

    • Before 2002 Spring Training, Durazo played right field in winter ball.
     
    RUNNING:

    • Erubiel is not very fast. He is pretty much station-to-station. But he is a good baserunner.
     
    CAREER INJURY REPORT:

    • December 1999:  Erubiel cut short his season in the Mexican Winter League after he started having back spasms.
    • May 30, 2000:  He was given an MRI after complaining of soreness in his right wrist, a problem he had in spring training. An arthrogram, in which dye is injected into the affected area, was administered. He went on the D.L. the next day with torn cartilage on the outside part of the wrist. Surgery was required. He was reactivated June 24.

    • June 27, 2000:  Durazo again went on the D.L. when his right wrist acted up again. He was reactivated July 13.

    • August 20, 2000:  He went back on the D.L. with the same wrist problem,  and his season was over after surgery was required to remove a bone chip the size of a pea. It was inside tissue deep in his wrist, so arthroscopic surgery was not available.

  • August 15, 2001:  He went on the D.L. with a strained lower back. He was reactivated September 1.

  • 2002 Season:  Durazo spent the first month on the D.L. after surgery March 21 to remove a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. He was injured when he swung at and missed a pitch from Dave Lundquist of the Padres in an exhibition game. "I heard something pop," Erubiel said of when he took a big swing and broke the bone. He was reactivated May 16.

  • July 2002: Erubiel was on the D.L. with a right oblique strain.

  • May 25, 2005: Durazo was on the D.L. with tendinitis in his left elbow.

  • May 8, 2006: Erubiel was on the D.L at Oklahoma with a sore hamstring.
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