The third member of the 43-119 2003 Tigers that the Braves have imported, following Adam Bernero and Fredo Ledezma. Steve Avery was also a member of that team, and Mark Redman had left after the prior season. Your guess is as good as mine as to why the Braves are so intent upon bringing in members of the worst team of the last 40 years.

Infante hit .302 in AA, at the age of 19, which is pretty impressive even though he didn’t walk a whole lot or hit for power. He didn’t play as well in AAA the next year, but the Tigers called him up and made him their shortstop in September anyway, and in the next season he played a key role in their march to 119 losses, hitting .222/.278/.258 in 69 games, which somehow won him a full-time second base job in 2004.

He actually played pretty well that year, .264/.317/.449, but that’s a high point. He split time between second and short in 2005, hitting .222/.254/.367. He’s played better the last couple of years, not well — hitting in the .270s with few walks and not much power — and played six positions, all three in the outfield and every infield position but first. His defensive statistics at shortstop are quite good, but the Tigers obviously felt he wasn’t up to the task. They dealt him to the Cubs for Jacque Jones, and the Cubs sent him to the Braves in the Jose Ascanio trade.

His similar batters through Age 25 actually include some good players, Jay Bell and Jeff Blauser, but I doubt he’s really that young.

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