Vinny Capra
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Capra with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2018
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 44
Infielder
Born: (1996-06-07) June 7, 1996 (age 26)
Melbourne, Florida
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 1, 2022, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through May 1, 2022)
Batting average1.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams

Vincent James Capra (born July 7, 1996) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.

Amateur career

Capra attended the Melbourne Central Catholic High School in Melbourne, Florida, where he helped lead the Hustlers to a state championship.[1] He began playing college baseball at Eastern Florida State College.[2] He transferred to the University of Richmond to play for the Richmond Spiders.[3] In 2017, Capra batted .356 with four home runs and 19 runs batted in (RBIs) for the Spiders.[4] He then appeared in 48 games for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League, a collegiate summer league.[4] In his final season with the Spiders in 2018, Capra hit .327 with five home runs, 41 RBIs, and nine stolen bases.[4]

Professional career

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Capra in the 20th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.[5] He was assigned to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians, and was later promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts. In a combined 64 games, Capra batted .248 with two home runs, 22 RBIs, and nine stolen bases.[4] He spent the entire 2019 season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and recorded a .229 batting average with three home runs, 33 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.[4] Capra did not play professional baseball at any level in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic's cancellation of the minor league season. In 2021, he appeared in 79 games for the Fisher Cats and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, and set new career-highs with a .316 batting average, 10 home runs, and 58 RBIs.[4]

The Blue Jays promoted Capra to the major leagues on April 29, 2022.[6] He made his major league debut on May 1.

References

  1. ^ Suter, Rick (May 21, 2013). "Melbourne Central Catholic hustles its way to state baseball final | USA TODAY High School Sports". Usatodayhss.com. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Former Eastern Florida State Titans Shortstop Vinny Capra to Make MLB Debut with Toronto Blue Jays - Space Coast Daily".
  3. ^ EPPS JR, WAYNE. "Former Richmond standout Vinny Capra carrying right traits as pro baseball career blossoms". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Vinny Capra Amateur, College & Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  5. ^ "More Brevard products go in MLB draft". Floridatoday.com. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  6. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays Vinny Capra, Bowden Francis Buffalo Bisons". TSN.ca. April 29, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.