Diamondbacks Release D'Antona

Posted Nov 25, 2008

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have released infielder Jamie D'Antona so that he may sign a professional contract with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League as announced by D-backs' executive vice president and general manager Josh Byrnes.

Jaime D'Antona made his major league debut on July 22 after having his contract purchased that day, singling in his first career at bat against the Cubs' Sean Marshall at Chase Field as a pinch-hitter. He hit .176 (3-for-17) with two runs scored and a RBI in 18 games for the D-backs in his first big league action.

D'Antona spent most of the season with Tucson (AAA), playing in 110 games for the Sidewinders in two separate stints, batting .365 (153-for-419) with 69 runs scored, 35 doubles, a triple, 21 home runs and 79 RBI. He finished second among Pacific Coast League hitters in batting average and third in slugging percentage (.604). D'Antona was named to the U.S. team at the XM All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium and played in the PCL All-Star Game. He also won the AAA Home Run Derby at Louisville Slugger Field.

D'Antona is a career .303 hitter (723-for-2388) in 646 games in the D-backs' minor league system with 371 runs scored, 171 doubles, 11 triples, 88 home runs and 402 RBI. He was originally a second-round selection by Arizona in the 2003 draft.

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