|Chicago Cubs – No. 41|
November 13, 1990 |
Yaguate, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 10, 2011 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.67|
Arodys Vizcaíno (born November 13, 1990 in Yaguate, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Originally signed by the New York Yankees as an international free agent in 2007, Vizcaíno was traded to the Atlanta Braves after the 2009 season, and to the Cubs during the 2012 season. He made his MLB debut on August 10, 2011. Vizcaíno bats and throws right-handed.
New York Yankees
Vizcaíno signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent on July 2, 2007. He made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Yankees of the Gulf Coast League in 2008, pitching to a 3-2 win-loss record, 3.68 earned run average (ERA), with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks in 44 innings pitched over twelve games. Vizcaíno pitched for the Single-A Short Season Staten Island Yankees of the New York–Penn League in 2009, going 2-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 games, all starts, and striking out 52 in 42 1⁄3 innings. After the 2009 season, Baseball America ranked Vizcaíno as the Yankees' third best prospect, rating his curveball as the best in the Yankees' organization, and projecting him to be the Yankees' fourth starter in their 2013 rotation.
Vizcaíno was traded from the Yankees to the Atlanta Braves with Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and $500,000 in exchange for Javier Vázquez and Boone Logan on December 23, 2009. Baseball America rated him the 69th best prospect in baseball before the regular season began. The Braves assigned Vizcaíno to the Single-A Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League. There, he went 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA in twelve starts, striking out 66 in 69 1⁄3 innings. They promoted him to the Single-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League, where he had a 4.63 ERA in three starts before suffering a right elbow strain that landed him on the disabled list. An examination discovered a partially torn right elbow ligament. He did not pitch for the rest of the season, ending with a 2.74 ERA overall. Baseball America rated Vizcaino as the Braves' seventh best prospect after the season.
Before the 2011 season, Baseball America rated Vizcaíno the 93rd best prospect in baseball. In 2011, Vizcaíno began the season with the Single-A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League, but was promoted to the Double-A Mississippi Braves of the Southern League and Triple-A Gwinnett Braves of the International League later that season. Across the minors, he went 5-5 with a 3.06 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 28 walks in 97 innings across three levels.
Vizcaíno was called up to the majors for the first time on August 10, 2011. He made his MLB debut that day, pitching in relief, walking two batters and hitting another in the ninth inning. Vizcaíno earned his first MLB win in the Braves' 2-1 extra-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants on August 16. In seventeen games with the Atlanta Braves, Vizcaíno had a 1-1 record, 4.67 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17 1⁄3 innings. After the 2011 season, Baseball America rated Vizcaino as the Braves' second best prospect, after only Julio Teheran. On March 20, 2012, Vizcaino underwent Tommy John surgery causing him to miss the rest of the 2012 season.
On July 30, 2012, Vizcaíno was traded along with right-handed pitcher Jaye Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson. Vizcaino started the 2013 season on the 60-day disabled list still recovering from the Tommy John surgery he previously had and is expected to return after the All-Star break.
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