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Full Name: Mark David Loretta Primary Position: 2B,SS,3B,1B
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/175 First Game: September 4, 1995
Birthdate: August 14, 1971 MLB Experience: 12 years
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Mark Loretta (Mark David Loretta) was born on August 14, 1971 in Santa Monica, California. He made his Major League debut on September 4, 1995 for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1996, his rookie year, he hit .279 with 1 home run and 13 RBI. Loretta played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 12 year career.

Baseball players typically enter their prime in their mid to late-20's, but Lorretta was just starting to hit his stride in 2003 at the age of 31. The contact hitter began to develop some power to go along with his .300 AVG. A thumb injury zapped that power in 2005 and it's unclear if he will ever recapture the swing that lead him to .441 and .495 SLG in back to back years. He's always been a smart hitter who can work counts and make consistent contact with the ball. He's also pretty steady at secondbase. He won't turn any heads, but he has good hands and makes all the plays that he's supposed to make.

Loretta is a career .300 hitter who spent most of his career as a utility player for the Milwaukee Brewers. It wasn't until he signed with the San Diego Padres that he settled in as a regular at second base and began to shine as a hitter. In an attempt to shave a couple million dollars off their payroll the Padres shipped Loretta to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for backup catcher, Doug Mirabelli after the 2005 season.


Most people believe that Mark Loretta's best season was 2004, when he slugged 16 home runs, hit for a .335 average and knocked in 76 runs.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1995 MIL A 19 50 13 13 1 3 .260 .327 .380 3 0 4 7 1 1 1 0 1
1996 MIL A 73 154 20 43 1 13 .279 .339 .318 3 0 14 15 0 2 2 0 7
1997 MIL A 132 418 56 120 5 47 .287 .354 .388 17 5 47 60 2 5 5 2 15
1998 MIL N 140 434 55 137 6 54 .316 .382 .424 29 0 42 47 7 4 9 1 14
1999 MIL N 153 587 93 170 5 67 .290 .354 .390 34 5 52 59 10 9 4 1 14
2000 MIL N 91 352 49 99 7 40 .281 .350 .406 21 1 37 38 1 8 0 2 9
2001 MIL N 102 384 40 111 2 29 .289 .346 .352 14 2 28 46 7 7 1 0 6
2002 MIL N 86 217 23 58 2 19 .267 .350 .359 14 0 23 32 5 6 0 1 6
2002 HOU N 21 66 10 28 2 8 .424 .481 .576 4 0 9 5 0 0 1 0 1
2002 TOT N 107 283 33 86 4 27 .304 .381 .410 18 0 32 37 5 6 1 1 7
2003 SD N 154 589 74 185 13 72 .314 .372 .441 28 4 54 62 3 3 5 2 17
2004 SD N 154 620 108 208 16 76 .335 .391 .495 47 2 58 45 9 4 5 3 10
2005 SD N 105 404 54 113 3 38 .280 .360 .347 16 1 45 34 8 2 8 4 11
2006 BOS A 155 635 75 181 5 59 .285 .345 .361 33 0 49 63 12 2 4 1 16
2007 HOU N 133 460 52 132 4 41 .287 .352 .372 23 2 44 41 3 3 1 0 15
2008 HOU N 101 261 27 73 4 38 .280 .350 .383 15 0 29 30 2 0 0 1 9
Total NL 1240 4374 585 1314 64 482 .300 .366 .408 245 17 421 439 55 46 34 15 112
Total AL 379 1257 164 357 12 122 .284 .347 .365 56 5 114 145 15 10 12 3 39
Total 1619 5631 749 1671 76 604 .297 .361 .399 301 22 535 584 70 56 46 18 151

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1995 MIL A 2B 4 3 25 5 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1995 MIL A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1995 MIL A SS 13 11 97 13 33 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1996 MIL A 3B 23 9 99 9 23 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 MIL A SS 21 11 110 22 32 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1996 MIL A 2B 28 19 174 32 61 1 13 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1997 MIL A SS 44 29 276 50 84 6 23 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1997 MIL A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 MIL A 1B 19 16 147 150 7 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1997 MIL A 2B 63 56 497 125 170 6 52 1 0 0 0 0 .980
1997 MIL A 3B 15 10 92 9 16 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1998 MIL N 3B 22 15 140.2 18 33 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 MIL N LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 MIL N 1B 70 32 360.2 353 23 3 41 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1998 MIL N 2B 13 4 57 12 15 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 MIL N SS 56 50 390.2 67 144 3 39 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1998 MIL N OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 MIL N 2B 17 9 88.2 28 37 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 .956
1999 MIL N SS 74 70 591.2 112 176 4 40 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1999 MIL N 3B 14 7 73 11 16 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1999 MIL N 1B 66 54 492.2 474 31 3 44 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2000 MIL N 2B 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 MIL N SS 90 88 750.1 122 255 2 54 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2001 MIL N SS 9 6 46.2 11 20 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2001 MIL N 2B 52 52 424.1 115 144 2 31 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2001 MIL N DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 MIL N 3B 39 35 309.1 16 54 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .933
2001 MIL N P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 MIL N 1B 5 2 22 20 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 MIL N 3B 47 44 373 37 73 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2002 MIL N 2B 3 2 18 7 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 MIL N SS 12 5 63.2 14 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .923
2002 MIL N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 HOU N 3B 10 10 78 6 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944
2002 HOU N SS 6 5 43 6 16 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .957
2002 HOU N 2B 3 3 22 7 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TOT N SS 18 10 106.2 20 26 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 .939
2002 TOT N 2B 6 5 40 14 14 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TOT N 3B 57 54 451 43 84 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2003 SD N 2B 150 144 1247.1 274 412 7 84 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2003 SD N SS 3 0 6.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 SD N 2B 154 154 1339 288 451 10 101 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2005 SD N 2B 105 105 910.1 200 262 6 61 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2005 SD N 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 BOS A 1B 11 9 75 74 9 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 BOS A DH 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 BOS A 2B 138 133 1172 246 389 4 99 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2007 HOU N SS 72 58 486.2 80 157 6 29 0 0 0 0 0 .975
2007 HOU N 2B 49 18 201 47 50 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 HOU N 1B 24 18 153 148 15 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2007 HOU N 3B 23 17 141.1 11 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 HOU N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2008 HOU N 2B 46 41 368 85 119 1 28 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2008 HOU N 3B 17 12 110.2 7 31 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .974
2008 HOU N SS 5 4 36 3 18 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .913
2008 HOU N 1B 2 2 17 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 2B 826 743 6544.2 1472 2133 40 502 1 0 0 0 0 .989
Total LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total SS 405 337 2898 502 945 29 214 0 0 0 0 0 .980
Total 3B 211 159 1418 124 285 12 26 0 0 0 0 0 .971
Total OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 1B 197 133 1267.1 1233 86 9 113 0 0 0 0 0 .993
Total DH 14 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2001 MIL N 1 0 0 0 .00 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

Career Achievements

  • Made the NL All-Star team in 2004
  • Won the Silver Slugger in 2004
  • Came in 9th in the MVP voting in 2004
  • In 2004 he was 3rd in the NL with a .335 AVG, 2nd in H with 208, and 4th in 2B with 47

Transactions

  • Selected by Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1993 - signed June 18, 1993).
  • Traded by Milwaukee Brewers with cash to Houston Astros in exchange for 2 players to be named later (August 31, 2002); Milwaukee Brewers received Wayne Franklin (September 3, 2002) and Keith Ginter (September 5, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2002).
  • Signed by San Diego Padres (December 16, 2002).
  • Traded by San Diego Padres to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Doug Mirabelli (December 7, 2005).
  • Granted free agency (October 31, 2006).

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