NORIEGA, GABRIEL

Position: Infield

DOB: September 13, 1990

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 180

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (June 10, 2016)

Profile:  Signed by the Seattle Mariners out of Venezuela in 2007, Noriegam debuted a season later, splitting time between two of Seattle’s rookie affiliates.  He worked his way up through the Mariners system, reaching Double-A by the age of 20, but stagnated there, spending parts of four seasons at the Double-A level before finally reaching Triple-A Tacoma in 2014.  A minor league free agent following the 2014 season, Noriega inked a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals for the 2015 season, then the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2016 season.  He was released by the Diamondbacks in June of 2016, then hooked on with the Brewers, spending the remainder of 2016, as well as 2017, bouncing between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs. A plus defender who can play all over the infield, Noriega has good instincts, soft hands and a strong arm.  Offensively he generates little-to-no power, but is a line drive hitter who will use the whole field and spray the ball from gap-to-gap.

2008:   One of Seattle’s more high-profile international signings in 2007, Noriega debuted with the AZL Mariners in 2008, hitting .421 in nine games there before getting a promotion to Pulaski in the Appalachian League, appearing in 41 games there.

2009:  The Mariners had Noriega return to Pulaski in 2009, and he put up impressive offensive numbers in 61 games there.  He hit .311 with 14 doubles, a pair of triples and four home runs in 206 at-bats and scored 27 runs while also driving in 26.

2010:  Noriega got his first taste of full-season ball in 2010, moving up to Low-A Clinton.  In 112 games with the LumberKings, he wound up batting .227/.280/.283 with 15 doubles and a pair of home runs, seeing time at both second base and shortstop.

2011:  Seattle bumped Noriega up to High-A High Desert in 2011, and he had a bit more success at the plate in a more hitter-friendly environment.  He appeared in 105 games, hitting .266 with 16 doubles, six triples and three home runs, then earned another promotion, this time to Double-A Jackson, where he finished out the season.

2012:  After getting a taste of Double-A a season earlier, Noriega returned to Jackson in 2012, but he struggled there, batting just .208 in 84 games, before being sent back down to High Desert.  He played in 31 more games for the Mavericks, hitting .227.

2013:  Noriega went back to Jackson again in 2013, his third season at the Double-A level.  As a 22-year-old, he appeared in 104 Southern League contests, hitting .256/.283/.334.  He collected 15 doubles, four triples and two home runs and also scored 35 runs.

2014:  The Mariners decided to send Noriega back to Double-A for a fourth straight year to open up 2014, but after just seven games there, he received a promotion to Tacoma, reaching Triple-A for the first time.  He had good success there, hitting .281 in 101 games and was named to the Pacific Coast League’s All-Star team.

2015:  A minor league free agent following the 2014 season, Noriega signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals and wound up playing at three different levels in their system in 2015.  He appeared in a total of just 42 games however, hitting .246 with four doubles and 17 runs batted in.

2016:  Noriega signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016 and was assigned to their Double-A affiliate in Mobile, Alabama.  After 31 games there, he was released, then signed a deal with Milwaukee.  He was sent to their Double-A squad in Biloxi and finished out the season there, batting .267 with three home runs in 71 games with the Shuckers.

2017:  The Brewers had Noriega open up the 2017 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and he spent the season bouncing between the Sky Sox and Biloxi.  He saw action in 82 games between the two levels and wound up hitting .238 with seven doubles and two home runs.