Ehire Enrique Adrianza Palma is a Venezuelan-American shortstop who plays in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves (MLB). He formerly played for the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, and Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball. In exchange for minor league outfielder Trey Harris, Atlanta received Adrianza from Washington on August 1, 2022. The seasoned utility player, who joined Atlanta during the team’s 2021 World Series-winning season, will be starting his second stint with the organisation.
Adrianza started his professional career in 2006 while playing with the DSL Giants. In 122 at-bats, he hit.156. Adrianza made his professional debut in the United States in 2008, playing for three teams throughout the season: the Fresno Grizzlies (15 games), the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (1 game), and the AZL Giants (two games). In 66 at-bats, he hit.288 as a whole.
On September 8, 2013, Adrianza made his Major League Baseball debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the 300th Venezuelan to play in the league. In the 11th inning, he came on as a pinch runner and drove in the go-ahead run for a 3-2 victory.
On September 22, 2013, Adrianza hit his first home run of the season against the New York Yankees. In his final start at Yankee Stadium, he ended Andy Pettitte’s attempt to throw a no-hitter. He played in 105 games with San Francisco throughout the 2014–2015 seasons, scoring 16 runs while predominantly playing middle infield. Adrianza hit his second career home run against Clayton Kershaw on April 9, 2016. On December 3, Adrianza and the Giants reached an agreement on a one-year, $600,000 contract to avoid salary arbitration. On January 24, 2017, the Giants placed him on the Giants’ assignment list.
The Milwaukee Brewers picked up Adrianza off waivers on January 31, 2017. Following that, Adrianza was assigned on February 2, 2017. Adrianza was acquired by the Minnesota Twins on February 6. He participated in 70 games for the Twins in 2017, hitting.265 with two home runs and 24 RBI. Adrianza signed a $1 million, one-year contract before the 2018 campaign started. Over the course of the season, he became a fixture in the Twins’ infield. Adrianza achieved career highs by participating in 114 games and hitting 23 doubles. He signed a $1.3 million contract to rejoin the Twins for the 2019 campaign. Adrianza signed a third consecutive one-year contract in December 2019 that paid him $1.6 million for the 2020 campaign.
Adrianza entered with a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves organisation on January 26, 2021. A spring training invitation for the Major Leagues was also extended to him. Adrianza was chosen to the 40-man roster on March 27. He had a batting line of.247/.327/.401 in 2021 with 5 home runs and 28 RBIs. The Braves concluded the season with an 88-73 record, winning the NL East. They also went on to win the 2021 World Series, their first championship since 1995.
Adrianza agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals on March 14, 2022. Adrianza was exchanged for minor league outfielder Trey Harris by the Braves on August 1, 2022.