Alfredo Simón

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Alfredo Simón
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon (55).jpg
Cincinnati Reds – No. 31
Pitcher
Born: (1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 33)
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2008 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through June 7, 2014)
Win–loss record 25–21
Earned run average 3.93
Strikeouts 291
Saves 19
Teams

Alfredo Simón Cabrera (born May 8, 1981) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.[1] From 2001 through part of 2004 he pitched under the name Carlos Cabrera.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Simón was signed on July 9, 1999, by the Philadelphia Phillies. He originally signed under the name Carlos Cabrera, and he pretended to be 21 months younger than he really was. He made his professional debut in 2000 for the La Vega Phillies in the Dominican Summer League.[2] In 2004, the Phillies found out his real name and age.[3]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Shortly after that, he was traded with Ricky Ledée to the San Francisco Giants for Felix Rodríguez.[4]

Simón was assigned to the A Advanced San Jose Giants. He got off to a bad start, posting a 5.68 ERA in 6 starts while going 1–2. His next season, he was promoted to the AA Norwich Navigators. He started for only part of the year, and closed for most of the season, posting a 5.03 ERA in 43 games (9 starts). In 2006, he started the season at San Jose but was promoted to the AAA Fresno Grizzlies. Following the season he filed for free agency.[5]

Texas Rangers[edit]

On November 3, 2006, Simón signed with the Texas Rangers. In December, the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the Rule 5 draft. On the same day, the Orioles traded him back to the Philadelphia Phillies for Adam Donachie and cash.[6]

On March 17, 2007, the Phillies returned Simón to the Rangers. Simón pitched as a starter for the AAA Oklahoma RedHawks. He had a bad year, going 5–10 with a 6.43 ERA in 22 starts. Following the season, he filed for free agency.[7]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On January 10, 2008, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was released on March 30, before the season started.[8]

Mexican League[edit]

Simón pitching for the Baltimore Orioles

After being released, Simón signed with the independent Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. He pitched very well with them, going 7–2 with a 2.67 ERA in 15 games (11 starts).[9] During the season, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles.[10]

Major leagues[edit]

Baltimore Orioles (2008-12)[edit]

The Orioles originally assigned Simón to the AAA Norfolk Tides, but they called him up very quickly. On September 6, he finally made his major league debut. He finished 2008 having posted a 6.23 ERA in four games (1 start), but he earned no decisions. In 2009, after a strong spring training performance, he was named to the Orioles' starting rotation.[11] However, he was injured in only his second start of the year, and wound up having to miss the rest of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.[12]

Simón failed to make the Orioles out of spring training in 2010, but on April 27, the Orioles promoted Simón from AAA Norfolk. The very same day, he became the Orioles' closer (due to bad pitching and a subsequent injury to Mike Gonzalez), and he notched his first save against the New York Yankees. He pitched an inning and gave up 2 unearned runs.[13] Coincidentally, the Yankees were the same team Simón earned his first decision against.[14] Simón converted his first 5 save opportunities before blowing one against the Cleveland Indians on May 15.[15] Through the 2010 season, Simón converted 17 of 21 save opportunities. After blowing a save on August 9, 2010, Simón did not receive another save opportunity that season as Koji Uehara was used most regularly in the role.

On May 21, 2011, Simón was activated from the restricted list. Jason Berken was sent down to make room.[16]

Cincinnati Reds (2012-Present)[edit]

On April 3, 2012 The Cincinnati Reds claimed Simón off waivers from the Orioles. He served in the bullpen for the season posting a 2.66 ERA in 36 games.[17]

He spent most of the 2013 season as a part of the Reds bullpen. He posted a 2.87 ERA in 63 appearances that year.[18]

He began the 2014 season in the Reds' rotation after an injury to Mat Latos.

Involuntary manslaughter allegations[edit]

In January 2011, Simón allegedly shot and killed Michel Castillo Almonte and wounded his 17-year-old brother during a New Year's Eve celebration in Luperón, Dominican Republic. Simón denied the allegations.[19] Police then announced their intention to file involuntary manslaughter charges.[20] In March 2011, Simón posted bail. He pitched for the Baltimore Orioles AAA minor league affiliate. On November 8, 2011, Simon was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.[21]

Rape allegation[edit]

In April 2014, Simón was sued by a woman who alleged that he had raped her in a Washington, D.C. hotel room about one year earlier, while the Reds were in Washington for a series against the Washington Nationals.[22]

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