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Octavio Augie Ojeda (born December 20, 1974, in Los Angeles, California) is an American infielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He attended the University of Tennessee, throws right-handed, and is a switch hitter.

Ojeda was drafted in the 13th round of the 1996 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but he did not play for the Orioles organization until 1997 due to his participation in the 1996 Summer Olympics. He shot through the Orioles system in 1997, playing for the Single-A Frederick Keys, Double-A Bowie Baysox, and Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. In total, he had a .344 batting average and also showed good plate discipline with 57 walks compared to only 39 strikeouts. In 1998, Ojeda played mostly for Double-A Bowie and his batting average slumped to .264, though he again showed good plate discipline, with 39 walks and 31 strikeouts. In 1999, he played 134 games for Bowie and 1 game for Rochester. He batted .267 and had a career-high 10 home runs and 60 RBIs. On December 14, 1999, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Richard Negrette.

Ojeda batted .280 in 113 games for Triple-A Iowa in 2000. He spent most of June in the majors, making his debut on June 4 and also was called up after rosters expanded in September, overall in the majors, Ojeda batted .221. He spent all of 2001 in the majors, where he batted only .201 in 144 at bats. He began 2002 in the majors, but was sent down in June after batting only .186. He again found success in Triple-A, batting .299 and again walking more than he struck out. In 2003, Ojeda batted .251 in Triple-A and spent August and September with Chicago. On November 24, 2003, he was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

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