Jeanmar Gómez

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Jeanmar Gómez
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Gómez with the Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 30
Pitcher
Born: (1988-02-10) February 10, 1988 (age 26)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 2010 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through August 5, 2014)
Win–loss record 19–18
Earned run average 4.49
Strikeouts 197
WHIP 1.42
Teams

Jeanmar Alejandro Gómez (born February 10, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.

Career[edit]

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Gómez was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent.

Since 2006, Gómez has played in the minors with the Gulf Coast League Indians, Lake County Captains, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, and the Columbus Clippers.

On May 21, 2009 Gómez pitched a nine-inning perfect game for Akron against the host Trenton Thunder at Waterfront Park. It was the first perfect game in Aeros team history and just the second nine-inning perfect game in Eastern League history, dating back to 1923.[1][2]

On July 18, 2010 Gómez was called up to the Cleveland Indians from the Columbus Clippers to make his Major League Baseball debut against the Detroit Tigers.[3] He pitched 7 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 unearned runs. He had 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.

On April 14, 2012 Gómez was ejected after hitting the Kansas City Royals' third baseman Mike Moustakas. The benches had already been warned after Indian's outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch.[4]

Gómez got his first major league hit on June 12, 2012, off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.

On January 2, 2013, Gómez was designated for assignment by the Indians to make room on the roster for Russ Canzler who was claimed from the Blue Jays.[5] On January 9 2013, Gomez was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for OF Quincy Latimore.[6]

Pitching style[edit]

Gómez is a sinkerballer (89–92 mph), although he has a number of secondary pitches he uses. Chief among them are a four-seam fastball (89–93), a slider (82–88), and a changeup (80–85). Against right-handed hitters, he also adds an occasional cutter early in the count and curveball with 2 strikes, but his main off-speed pitch is the slider. Against lefties, he replaces the slider with the changeup.

Like many sinkerballers, Gómez's key to pitching is getting ground balls instead of strikeouts. As of May 2012, his career strikeout rate is only 5.0 per 9 innings, but more than half of his sinkers hit in play are grounders.[7]

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