Hot Stove Party Invitees – Luis Exposito
You’re invited this Friday, January 13th to the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium. This FREE event is open to the public and gives our great fans a chance to get autographs and photos with some terrific Red Sox prospects. I’ll profile each player scheduled to appear Friday on the blog this week leading up to the event.
Today we continue with C Luis Exposito.
Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 210 Age: 24 Hometown: Miami, Fl. Signed: 31st Rd., 2005
Last year marked Exposito’s first year in Triple-A ball after spending 2010 and part of ’09 in Double-A Portland. Prior to last season, the South Beach native was added to the Red Sox 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
When Jarod Saltalamacchia was under the weather last year with a stomach virus, it was Exposito whom Boston called up. Although he was optioned back to Pawtucket without ever seeing any playing time, it no doubt was a good opportunity for him to see what 48 hours in the bigs is all about.
Exposito’s family is Cuban and came to the States in the ‘80s. His sister is stateside, but back in Cuba is his older brother - whom he’s never met.
Speaking of family, near the end of Spring Training last year, Exposito and his girlfriend had their first child. To make things even better, it was on that same day he was assigned Pawtucket.
While scouts can break down Exposito’s game all day long, one of the biggest perks he has going for himself is his ability to fluently speak both Spanish and English. Luis talked about being bilingual in an interview with Mike Andrews of SoxProspects.com:
“It’s definitely helped … It probably helped more at the lower levels where some of the guys don’t know English at all. In the end, a pitcher needs to feel comfortable out on the mound and I think it raises their comfort level to be able to speak their main language with me — especially when they’re on the mound and I’m trying to settle them down.”
You can hear Luis speak English (and maybe even a little Spanish) this Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Hope to see you there.