Gotay with the St. Louis Cardinals
|Long Island Ducks – No. 15|
|Second baseman / Third baseman|
Born: December 25, 1982|
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
|August 3, 2004, for the Kansas City Royals|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2008 season)
|Runs batted in||77|
Ruben A. Gotay (// goh-TY; born December 25, 1982) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball infielder for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played in Major League Baseball from 2004 to 2008 with the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
Kansas City Royals
Gotay made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals on August 4, 2004, when they played the Chicago White Sox. He went 1-for-3 and got his first major league hit off José Contreras. Gotay played in 44 games for the Royals in 2004. He hit .270 with one home run and 16 RBI. In 2005, Gotay made the Royals' opening day roster and played in 86 major league games. He batted .227 with five home runs and 29 RBI.
Gotay spent the entire 2006 season in the minor leagues.
New York Mets
Gotay cleared waivers and was assigned outright to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League on February 16, 2007 but was brought back to the major league club on April 30, 2007, after an injury to José Valentín. On May 9, 2007, Gotay hit his first home run as a Met off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Morris, the ball barely clearing the high right field wall at AT&T Park. On March 27, 2008, Gotay was placed on waivers by the Mets.
Gotay was claimed off waivers from the Mets on March 28, 2008, and hit his first home run for Atlanta on June 21. Gotay occasionally pinch hit, but rarely started for the Braves.
St. Louis Cardinals
On November 30, 2009, Gotay signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals with an invitation to Spring training.
On December 2, 2010, Gotay signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. He was later released by the Florida Marlins.
Return to Atlanta
Gotay signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on June 19, 2011.
Toronto Blue Jays
Gotay was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays on March 14, 2012.
Gotay signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds on December 18, 2013. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.
Saraperos de Saltillo
On April 3, 2015, Gotay signed with the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on April 16, 2015. He signed with them again on April 1, 2016. He was released on April 7, 2016.
Long Island Ducks
His uncle is former major leaguer Julio Gotay. Gotay played little league in Fajardo Puerto Rico where his father Rubén Gotay was the head coach of the Pumas.
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