Kansas City Royals Spotight: Alberto Callaspo

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2009

Alberto Callaspo, as you know, will be in a competition for the shortstop job this spring with Willie Bloomquist. So before you make your opinion on whom Tre Hillman should choose just sit back, relax, and enjoy the article.

Alberto Callaspo was signed by the Anaheim Angels during the 2001 season. He had a .356 batting average in his first season having two home runs with 39 RBI's in 66 games.

In February 2006, the Angels traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Jason Bulger.

With Arizona Callaspo hit .337 with 24 doubles, 12 triples, seven home runs, and 68 RBI. During the '06 season, Callaspo made his major-league debut with the D-Backs. He made six starts hitting .238 with six RBI, one double, and a triple.

He spent two seasons with Arizona before being traded to the Royals in exchange for pitcher Billy Buckner.

For the Royals during the '08 season Callaspo hit for a .305 average zero homers, 16 RBI, but with only two stolen bases in 74 games.

Callaspo can hit over .300, but with virtually no power and not being able to steal bases consistently is the reason the Royals went out and got Willie Bloomquist.

Callaspo should get more playing time in the '09 season and will be given the opportunity to prove his critics wrong. He has shown flashes of talent but has not been able to put it together for a long stretch.

One interesting note, on May 19, 2008 Callaspo made the final out of Jon Lester's no-hitter, striking out on a 1-2 pitch.