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Top Jose Briceno News

  • Royals' Jose Briceno: Reassigned to minor-league camp

    Briceno was reassigned Tuesday to the minor-league side of Royals camp.

    Fellow catchers Tyler Cropley, Logan Porter and Jakson Reetz were also sent out in this round of cuts. Kansas City's official Opening Day roster is just about set.

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  • Royals' Jose Briceno: Re-ups with Kansas City

    Briceno re-signed with the Royals on a minor-league contract Wednesday.

    Briceno spent all of the 2022 campaign at Triple-A Omaha, putting up a .702 OPS with four homers across 141 plate appearances. Barring a major surprise, he'll be heading back to Omaha again to start 2023.

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  • Royals' Jose Briceno: Finds work with KC organization

    Briceno signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on May 24 and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha.

    Briceno will make his return to affiliated ball after he most recently competed in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with the Lexington Legends. The 29-year-old journeyman catcher has previously logged 134 career plate appearances in the big leagues with the Angels between the 2018 and 2020 seasons.

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  • Jose Briceno: Let go by Colorado

    The Rockies released Briceno on July 21.

    Colorado parted ways with Briceno after it added another catcher to the Triple-A Albuquerque roster (Dustin Garneau) in a corresponding move. The 28-year-old Briceno previously saw action in the big leagues with the Angels in 2018 and 2020, cobbling together a .238/.301/.377 slash line in 134 career plate appearances.

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  • Rockies' Jose Briceno: Signs minors deal with Rockies

    Briceno agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rockies which includes an invitation to spring training Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Briceno spent the first five years of his professional career in the Rockies' organization but never advanced beyond Low-A. All 48 of his major-league games to date, including two this past season, have come with the Angels. His .238/.301/.377 career slash line is good for a passable 89 wRC+, suggesting he could at least compete for a backup job with the Rockies this spring.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Briceno cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

    The 28-year-old had a brief stint in the majors this season and appeared in two games, but he's now been removed from the 40-man roster. Briceno should continue to serve as organizational catching depth for the Angels.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Optioned down

    Briceno was optioned to the Angels' alternate training site Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    With Max Stassi (knee) rejoining the active roster, Briceno's services were no longer needed at the big-league level. Briceno has appeared in just two games this season, recording one base knock in six trips to the plate.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Added to MLB roster

    Briceno's contract was selected by the Angels on Monday.

    The 27-year-old backstop had a 108 wRC+ at Triple-A in 2018 and a 54 wRC+ at that level a season ago. He also hit .239/.299/.385 with five home runs in 128 plate appearances in the majors for the Angels in 2018. With Max Stassi (quadriceps) on the IL and Jason Castro dealt to the Padres, it will be Anthony Bemboom and Briceno who handle the catching duties in the short term.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: On 60-man roster

    Briceno (shoulder) will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster.

    Briceno, who is not on the 40-man roster, is one of five catchers currently listed in the team's 60-man player pool. The 27-year-old recorded 128 plate appearances in the majors in 2018 (.239/.299/.385), but he did not see action at the highest level last season. That was due largely to a shoulder injury that limited him to just 22 games for Triplle-A Salt Lake. Briceno will now get a chance to continue any necessary rehab with the big-league club, though it's expected that Jason Castro and Max Stassi will serve as the primary catchers once the regular season begins.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: May benefit from expanded rosters

    Briceno (shoulder) could garner big-league playing time as a result of expanded rosters if a 2020 season is played, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Though Jason Castro and Max Stassi are expected to open a potential 2020 campaign as the Angels' top two options at catcher, the likelihood of expanded rosters could provoke a desire for additional depth behind the plate. Any backstop promotion would likely come down to Briceno or Anthony Bemboom, with Briceno wielding a more powerful bat and Bemboom exhibiting superior plate discipline.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Slowed by shoulder issue

    Briceno has not played in a game since Feb. 26 due to a right shoulder issue, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    News of the shoulder problem is particularly concerning since Briceno was limited to 22 games in Triple-A last season due to issues with the same shoulder. Pending recovery, he is expected to open the campaign back in the minors.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Gets start behind dish

    Briceno (shoulder) will start at catcher and bat eighth in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers.

    Briceno made his spring debut in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Brewers, entering the contest behind starting catcher Anthony Bemboom. The 27-year-old will now get his first start of the Cactus League slate, signaling that he's fully healthy again after missing much of the 2019 campaign with a strained shoulder. The backstop is attending camp as a non-roster invitee and is expected to open the upcoming season at Triple-A Salt Lake.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Invited to Angels' camp

    Briceno (shoulder) signed a contract with the Angels on Friday which includes an invitation to spring training.

    The terms of the contract are not yet known, though the backstop will begin camp with the big-league club. He was released by the Angels at the beginning of August and figures to serve as organizational depth during the 2020 campaign, assuming he's healthy.

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  • Jose Briceno: Released by Angels

    Briceno (shoulder) was released by the Angels on Thursday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    In a corresponding move, the Angels reclaimed pitcher Adalberto Mejia off waivers and released Briceno to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. In 22 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this season, the 26-year-old hit .215 with four homers and 17 runs batted in. Briceno has been out with a shoulder strain since May 20.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: May face lengthy absence

    Briceno (shoulder) is expected to remain sidelined at Triple-A Salt Lake for "a while" longer, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Salt Lake placed Briceno on its 7-day injured list back on May 20 with a strained shoulder and it doesn't sound like he's made much meaningful progress while being shut down over the past three weeks. Briceno's ongoing absence depletes the Angels' catching depth in the high minors, but it's unlikely to impact the big club so long as Jonathan Lucroy and Kevan Smith both maintain health.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Out with shoulder strain

    Briceno was placed on the minor-league injured list Monday with a shoulder strain, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Briceno hasn't found much success at Triple-A Salt Lake this season since losing out on the backup catching job to Kevan Smith in spring training, as he is slashing .218/.265/.410 in 21 games.

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  • Angels' Jose Briceno: Sent to minors

    Briceno was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

    The move means Kevan Smith will be the backup catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy. Briceno has played 35 games at the Triple-A level, hitting .273/.300/.500.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Age: 31
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R