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1 Alberto Callaspo 3B
Height/Weight: 5-9/225 | Birthdate: 4/19/1983 | Birthplace: Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves to continue platoon approach at third base


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Though Chris Johnson is out for three-to-six weeks following a hand injury, the Braves aren't planning to change up their strategy at third base, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For the season, manager Fredi Gonzalez has been rotating Johnson and Alberto Callaspo based on matchups on a game-to-game basis. With Johnson out, Gonzalez said he's not going to make Callaspo the lone third baseman. 

The Braves figure to use Phil Gosselin in the third base mix, as well as some potential minor-league additions, Gonzalez said. 

Gonzalez is high on Gosselin's potential as a major-leaguer. 

“I think he’s a major league player,” Gonzalez said. “He can play multiple positions, he can pinch hit. He’s a very valuable piece in the National League team. He can play third, second, short. You can even run him in the outfield like we did in spring training.”


Braves' Alberto Callaspo slugs pinch-hit home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo hit a solo home run in a pinch-hit appearance Sunday in his team's 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

On the same day that manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated that Jace Peterson would serve as the team's primary second baseman, Callaspo, who has also seen plenty of time at third base, swatted a pinch-hit home run off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. It was the first homer of the year for Callaspo, who has hit .261/.314/.348 with four RBI in 46 at-bats.


Braves to use Jace Peterson as primary second baseman


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Sunday that he's returning to his initial plan to use infielder Jace Peterson as his primary second baseman, MLB.com reports.

Peterson has shared time at second base with Alberto Callaspo, who has also made eight starts at third base, and Phil Gosselin, leading to Peterson seeing just 11 of a possible 17 starts at the position. He's seen action all over the starting lineup, batting first or second in four of the team's first five games but spending most of his time batting seventh or eighth as of late.

Peterson has hit just .171/.239/.220 in 41 at-bats. He's starting at second base and batting sixth in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies, in which the Braves are underdogs (+100).


Braves start Chris Johnson at third over Alberto Callaspo


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson will start Tuesday's game against the Mets, over Alberto Callaspo. Johnson will hit fifth in the order.

With Tuesday's game, Johnson and Callaspo each have made six starts at third base this season. Neither player has started more than two games in a row. Johnson is hitting .320 with three RBI. 

The Braves are +135 underdogs at the Mets. 


Braves hitting better, but don't credit top of the lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Braves have launched the 2015 season better offensively than they did last year. But don't credit the top of the lineup.

The team has yet to score two or fewer runs in a game. They did so four times and were blanked twice in their first seven games of 2014. Yet the first two hitters in the lineup are struggling mightily.

Braves leadoff hitters are 8-for-37 (.216) with a .275 on-base percentage. But they've been raking compared to those hitting behind them. The second spot, which has been manned by Jace Peterson, Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Andrelton Simmons, has produced a .114 average with no extra-base hits, .162 OBP and .114 slugging percentage.


Braves using rotation of Callaspo, Johnson, Peterson at 2B and 3B


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With Chris Johnson, Alberto Callaspo and Jace Peterson all off to promising starts in 2015, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is faced with the dilemma of finding playing time for all three players. Although, it is an issue right now Gonzalez is fine with since all three players are producing.

"It's nice to have flexibility," Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "It keeps everybody engaged and you feel like you have the advantage off the bench. It's a good mixture right now."

Peterson has started five of seven games at second base, Johnson has started three of seven at third base, while Callaspo has started four times at third and once at second base.

"If I play, I'm going to be ready to play," Johnson said. "If not, I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team on the bench or to get ready for a pinch-hit. Right now, we're winning ballgames and I'll never complain being on a winning team."


Braves' Alberto Callaspo jumps out to hot start in first week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo is 7 for 13 with two walks and one double after one week of play.

Callaspo was expected to factor into the mix at second base heading into the spring but has seen all of his playing time at third base, starting at the position in four of the team's first six games. However, the switch hitter will look to stay hot Monday as the team's starting second baseman and No. 2 batter against the Marlins.

The Braves are favorites (-110) against the Marlins Monday.


Jace Peterson draws start at second base in Braves' opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Braves infielder Jace Peterson started at second base in Monday's season opener against the Marlins. Peterson appears to have won the starting second base job for Atlanta over Alberto Callaspo, who started at third base Monday.

The rookie Peterson hit .324 (22 for 68) with no home runs, four RBI, five doubles, 10 walks, 12 runs and 16 strikeouts in 25 spring games. He also had three stolen bases.


Report: Peterson in line to beat out Callaspo for Braves' 2B gig


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Braves infielder Jace Peterson could be in line to beat out Alberto Callaspo for the second base job, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Peterson, 24, is hitting .341/.442/.386 with one RBI in 44 at-bats this spring. Callaspo has slashed .216/.212/.216 with four RBI over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.


Braves' Gonzalez: Alberto Callaspo has 'been terrific' after slow start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo went 2 for 4 during Thursday's spring game against the Pirates to continue his hot streak after a sluggish start to the spring. He is batting .320 (8 for 25) over his last seven games after opening the spring with a .115 average in his first nine games.

“I think he’s been terrific,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Thursday's game, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “His last four or five games is the Callaspo we wanted. With those veteran guys, you’ve got to believe the back of their baseball cards.”


Report: Jace Peterson may have outside shot to win 2B job


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Because of he reported to camp in exceptional condition and Alberto Callaspo did not, Jace Peterson may have an outside shot at the Braves' second base job, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Wednesday.

Callaspo signed with the Braves as a free agent in December was penciled in as the starter while top prospect Jose Peraza works his way through the minors. However, if Callaspo doesn't play his way into game shape over the next month, Peterson, along with Phil Gosselin could have a crack at the position.

Peterson was traded to the Braves from the Padres in a deal that involved Justin Upton in late December. Last week, manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters that the second base gig is "wide open."


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez: 2B gig is 'wide open'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters following Thursday's full-squad workout that the second baseman position is a "wide open" competition, and that Jose Peraza, Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Jace Peterson are all entering camp with a chance to make the club, per MLB.com.

"It's wide open," Gonzalez said. "It's all depending on how we want to work second base, the infield and even the bench."


Braves' Gonzalez plans to move Callaspo around the diamond


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Alberto Callaspo has been primarily used as a utility player throughout his nine-year MLB career. While he has mostly played second and third base, he has also played both corner outfield spots and shortstop, and even added first base to his repertoire in 2014 with the A's.

Now that Callaspo is in his first year with the Braves, don't expect much to change. In fact, manager Fredi Gonzalez is excited about the versatility Callaspo brings to the roster.

"We’ve got some mix-and-matches that we can do," Gonzalez said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Callaspo, we can do some stuff there with him at second base. Against a tough right-hander maybe run him in there at third base."


Braves finalize deal with Alberto Callaspo


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Braves have finalized a one-year deal with Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo signed during the winter meetings, but the team waited to make the deal official. Callaspo is set to make $3 million next season. He hit .223/.290/.290 over 404 at-bats last year.


Report: Braves sign INF Alberto Callaspo to one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Braves have signed free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo to a one-year deal worth $3 million, which includes $1 million in performance incentives, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports Tuesday.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported both sides were closing in on a deal earlier in the day.

Callaspo hit .223 with 15 doubles in 2014 with the Athletics.


Braves closing in on deal with Alberto Callaspo


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Braves are close to a deal with free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 31-year-old veteran, who played with the Athletics last year, hit .223 with 15 doubles in 2014. 


Report: Blue Jays considering Alberto Callaspo


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Blue Jays are considering signing free-agent infielder Alberto Callaspo , FOXSports.com reports.

Callaspo, who would play second base in Toronto, is seen as a potential bounce-back candidate who could outperform his contract if signed. He hit .223/.290/.290 in 404 at-bats with the A's last season.


Nate Freiman optioned as Alberto Callaspo comes off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Athletics announced prior to Sunday's game at Texas they activated infielder Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) off the 15-day disabled list. First baseman Nate Freiman was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a roster spot.

Alberto Callaspo goes 1 for 5 in rehab outing Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo went 1 for 5 and scored two runs in his appearance with high Class A Stockton Saturday.

Callaspo has been on the disabled list since July 11 while recovering from a hamstring injury. The team may decide to activate him from the disabled list Sunday.


Alberto Callaspo set for Saturday rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo will play a rehab game Saturday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Callaspo will play at Class A Stockton. There's a chance he will rejoin the Athletics Sunday. Callaspo is hitting .234/.308/.309 over 282 at-bats. 


Alberto Callaspo could be back by Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo could return as soon as Sunday, according to the Bay Area News Group

Callaspo could go on a quick rehab assignment depending on whether he can avoid any setbacks with his hamstring. Manager Bob Melvin mentioned Sunday as a possible return date for Callaspo. In 282 at-bats, Callaspo is hitting .234/.308/.309.


Alberto Callaspo to take batting practice Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo is set to participate in batting practice Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Callaspo added that he is not feeling any hamstring tightness, and that while he has been able to run, he has yet to run the bases. He'll need to go out on a rehab assignment before returning to the team. Callaspo could be back in the Oakland lineup at some point next week.


Alberto Callaspo may need more days to recover from hamstring injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo is eligible to return from the disabled list next week, but believes he'll need a few more days to recover from a hamstring injury, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday. Callaspo, who has been sidelined since July 11, will likely go a on a rehab assignment before he returns.

Alberto Callaspo diagnosed with Grade 2 hamstring strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Callaspo pulled up lame while trying to beat out a grounder Friday night against the Mariners. He is expected to need at least seven days to recover, which is why he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

A's make pair of roster moves Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Athletics announced a pair of roster moves prior to Saturday's game against the Mariners in Seattle.

They placed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. Callaspo left Friday's game against Seattle with the injury, and will need at least seven days to recover, according to the Bay Area News Group. The A's also recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento prior to the game.