Julio Alberto Borbón (born February 20, 1986) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
Borbón attended the University of Tennessee. In 2005, Borbón helped the Volunteers reach the College World Series and was third on the team with a .350 batting average. His teammates that year included current major leaguers Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Luke Hochevar of the Kansas City Royals. Borbon led the Volunteers with a .366 batting average and 19 stolen bases in 2006 and in 2007, his final season, had a .345 batting average.
Entering the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, Borbón was ranked the 19th-best overall prospect by Baseball America. In the draft, he was taken in the supplemental round by the Texas Rangers as the 35th overall pick.
On August 16, 2007, Borbón signed a four-year major league contract worth $1.3 million, with a $800,000 signing bonus. Because he was signed to a major league contract, Borbón was placed on the Rangers 40-man roster and was optioned to Single-A Spokane. At Spokane, he played in 7 games and had a .172 batting average. He was then sent to play rookie ball for the Surprise Rangers and played two games for them.
On June 29, 2009, Borbón made his major league debut with the Rangers. He hit his first major league home run on August 20 of that year. On September 8, he had his first multi-homer game in an 11–9 win over the Cleveland Indians.
On April 19, 2013 the Chicago Cubs claimed Borbón off waivers. He was designated for assignment on August 2, 2013.
Borbón was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 12, 2013. He was assigned to AAA Norfolk Tides. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.
On March 12, 2016, Borbón signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. His contract was selected from the Bowie Baysox when the Orioles placed Hyun-soo Kim on the 15-day disabled list on July 19, 2016. Borbón made his first appearance in a MLB game in three years as an eighth-inning defensive substitute for center fielder Adam Jones in a 5–0 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 20. He made his first start with the Orioles in center field the next day, getting a single in three at bats and scoring a run in a 4–1 victory over the Yankees.
Borbón was born in Mississippi while his father attended Mississippi State University. He attended high school at De La Salle in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, graduating in 2004. After high school he attended the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship. He left Tennessee after his junior year and was taken by the Texas Rangers with the 35th pick in the 2007 MLB draft. His brother, Edwin Borbón, plays college baseball at Trevecca Nazarene University prior to his first two years at Tennessee junior college, Chattanooga State.
During the off-season, he plays for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Republic.