De Aza begins his first season with the Ducks, third in the Atlantic League, and 20th in professional baseball. He played 69 games with the New Britain Bees in 2019 and 108 games with the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2021. The outfielder spent ten years in the Major Leagues, with the Florida Marlins (2007, 2009), Chicago White Sox (2010-2014), Baltimore Orioles (2014-2015), Boston Red Sox (2015), San Francisco Giants (2015), New York Mets (2016), and Washington Nationals (2017). He combined to play in 838 games, totaling 51 home runs, 258 RBI’s, 367 runs, 669 hits, 131 doubles, 33 triples, 91 stolen bases, 225 walks, and a .260 batting average.
The 38-year-old was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 out of the Dominican Republic. The veteran made his Major League debut on April 2, 2007 versus the Washington Nationals, going 2-4 in the ballgame. His last game played in the big leagues was on October 1, 2017 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he went 2-2 with an RBI. In 2013, De Aza played for the eventual World Baseball Classic winning team from the Dominican Republic, going 1-3 in the Championship Game against Team Puerto Rico.