Jo-Jo Reyes

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Jo-Jo Reyes
Jo-Jo Reyes on June 5, 2011 (1).jpg
Reyes pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011.
Philadelphia Phillies
Pitcher
Born: (1984-11-20) November 20, 1984 (age 29)
West Covina, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 7, 2007 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2011 season)
Win–loss record 12–26
Earned run average 6.05
Strikeouts 215
Teams

Joseph Albert "Jo-Jo" Reyes (born November 20, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher. Listed at 6'2", 230 lb., Reyes bats and throws left-handed.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Reyes was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of Riverside Polytechnic High School in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2003 MLB Draft. He spent his entire first professional season in the Gulf Coast League. In 10 starts with the Gulf Coast Braves, Reyes went 5-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 45.0 innings pitched. He allowed just one home run all season.

Reyes with the Braves in 2008.

With Class-A Rome in 2004, Reyes struggled most of the season, going 2-5 with a 5.33 ERA. Tommy John surgery kept him out for the end of the year and the first half of the 2005 season. He was sent back to the GCL in 2005, and after doing well received a mid-season promotion to Class-A Danville. While his strikeout total fell (27 in 43 innings), he went 3-0 with a 3.53 ERA and posted a WHIP of 0.99, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ended his season prematurely.

In 2006, Reyes went 8-1 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 13 starts for Rome. He struck out 84 in 75.1 innings, and his performance during the first half of the season earned him a start in the All-Star Game for the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. He also received a promotion to the Braves' Advanced-A club Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He went 4-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.

After his 10-1 performance in 2007, Reyes has moved ahead of left-handed Matt Harrison as the Braves' top pitching prospect. He was 8-1 with a 3.56 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A Mississippi, with a 3.56 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 73-1/3 innings. He pitched even better since a promotion to Triple-A Richmond, posting a 2-0 record with 27 strikeouts and a 1.57 ERA in 23.0 innings.

On July 7, 2007 he was promoted to the Major League ball club, starting in place of the disabled John Smoltz against David Wells and the San Diego Padres. His first earned run came in the second inning on a solo home run by Khalil Greene. In his first plate appearance the following inning, he laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to move Jarrod Saltalamacchia to third base. Reyes lasted only 3+ innings however, giving up five earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one. He received no decision in the game. Reyes earned his first Major League win on September 18, 2007 in a 4-3 Braves' win against the Florida Marlins at Turner Field.

The Braves hoped to find a number 5 starter in Reyes. In the 10 starts he made in 2007, he was 2-2 with an 6.22 ERA, but with all the Braves injuries in 2008 Reyes became a regular starter.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Reyes with the Orioles in 2011.

On July 14, 2010, Jo-Jo Reyes was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Yunel Escobar for shortstop Álex González and 2 prospects.

He made his Blue Jays debut on April 5 against the Oakland Athletics, giving up 9 hits and 5 earned runs over just 3.1 innings.

Reyes had not won a game since June 13, 2008. On May 25, 2011, he lost against the New York Yankees for his 28th consecutive start without earning a win, tying the Major League record set by Cliff Curtis (1910–11) and Matt Keough (1978–79).[1][2] Reyes was able to break his consecutive winless streak on May 30, 2011, with an 11-1 complete game victory over the Cleveland Indians. The win was also the first complete game victory of the season for the Blue Jays.[3]

In his next start on June 5 against the Baltimore Orioles, Reyes won, pitching 6.1 innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. With the win, Reyes won consecutive starts for the first time in his career.[4] On July 23, he was designated for assignment after making 20 starts in 2011, recording a 5.40 ERA and a 5–8 win–loss record.[5]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On August 2, he was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.[6]

On August 31, Reyes faced the Blue Jays for the first time since being released. He pitched only 2.2 innings, surrendering 8 hits and 7 earned runs, while striking out 2. The Orioles went on to lose 13-0.[7]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Reyes signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 3, 2012.[8] In November 2012, Reyes elected free agency.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Reyes signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in November 2012. On January 16, 2013, Reyes was granted his release by the Angels to sign with the SK Wyverns in Korea.

SK Wyverns[edit]

Reyes signed a deal with the SK Wyverns of the KBO in Korea for the 2013 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jo-Jo Reyes equals winless start record". ESPN.com. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kepner, Tyler (May 25, 2011). "Hapless but Not Hopeless, Blue Jays’ Reyes Carries On". The New York Times. p. B11. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=367414
  4. ^ http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110605&content_id=20062008&vkey=news_tor&fext=.jsp&c_id=tor
  5. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Blue Jays Designate Jo-Jo Reyes For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Orioles Claim Jo-Jo Reyes". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Alvares shines as Blue Jays beat Orioles 13-0
  8. ^ Williams, Tim (January 3, 2012). "Pirates Sign Jo-Jo Reyes". 

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