Former Blue Jays currently playing in the Korean Baseball Organization
A name that may haunt Blue Jays fans, outfielder Socrates Brito has also found himself in the KBO, joining the Kia Tigers this past offseason.
Brito was originally acquired by the Blue Jays early into the 2019 season from the San Diego Padres, with prospect Rodrigo Orozco heading the opposite way. The Dominican product struggled with the Jays, collecting three hits through 39 at-bats with one triple and two RBI, sporting a .271 OPS. He would be DFA’d almost a month later and finished the year in AAA with the Bisons, finding a groove and eventually being named the Bisons MVP for that season.
Brito joined the Pirates organization for the 2020 season but opted out citing COVID-19, as his brother tragically passed away from the Coronavirus in late July. He spent the 2021 season in the Yankees Minor League system before heading to the KBO for the 2022 campaign.
With the Tigers, Brito has been finding ways to get on base, sporting a .322/.367/.508 slash line through 429 at-bats, adding 14 home runs and 65 RBI to go along with his .875 OPS. He currently sits sixth in the league in terms of batting average, eighth in OPS, and 10th in hits (138). Because of his speed, Brito spends most of his time in centre field and has committed just four errors on the year, owning a .985 fielding percentage this year.