Joel Peralta

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Joel Peralta
Joel Peralta on May 11, 2012.jpg
Peralta with the Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 62
Relief pitcher
Born: (1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 38)
Bonao, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 25, 2005 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Career statistics
(through August 31, 2014)
Win–loss record 15–33
Earned run average 3.87
Strikeouts 543
Saves 12
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Peralta and the second or maternal family name is Gutiérrez.

Joel Peralta Gutiérrez (/ˈɛl pəˈrɑːltə/; Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈel peˈɾalta]; born March 23, 1976) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.


Peralta signed with the Oakland Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1996. They released him in 1998. He signed with the then-Anaheim Angels in 1999, and remained with the organization in the minor leagues, receiving a promotion to the major leagues in 2005.

Following the 2005 season, he was selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Angels. He spent three seasons with the Royals, and then signed with the Rockies for the 2009 season.

At the end of the 2009 season, he became a free agent, and was signed to a minor league contract by the Nationals. He had an outstanding 2010 for AAA Syracuse, saving 20 games without any blown saves, compiling a 1.08 ERA. On June 21, he was called up to join the Nationals as an eighth reliever,[1] and the next night made his 2010 debut, pitching to one batter and inducing a double play. Peralta was non-tendered following the 2010 season, to avoid giving him a raise in arbitration.[2]

During the 2010 off-season, Peralta signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving $900,000.

During the 2011 off-season, Peralta signed a one-year contract to return to Tampa Bay, receiving $2.175 million.[3]

On June 19, 2012, during a game at Nationals Park vs the Washington Nationals, Peralta was ejected from the game for having a "foreign substance" in his glove; it was later found to be pine tar. Peralta was subsequently suspended eight games by Major League Baseball.[4][5] After the conclusion of the 2012 regular season, Peralta signed a two-year, $6 million deal, with a club option for 2015.

Pitching style[edit]

Peralta throws three pitches: a four-seam fastball at 90–92 mph, a splitter at 79–81, and a curveball at 78–80. He uses the splitter as his main strikeout pitch.[6]


  1. ^ Kilgore, Adam (June 21, 2010). "John Lannan sent to Class AA Harrisburg (final update)". Nationals Journal (The Washington Post). Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Joel Peralta non-tender explained". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Rays Press Release (December 20, 2011). "Rays re-sign Joel Peralta to one-year congract". 
  4. ^ Wagner, James (June 19, 2012). "Joel Peralta ejected from Rays-Nationals game because of ‘foreign substance on or in glove’ - Nationals Journal - The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Chastain, Bill (June 21, 2012). "Peralta suspended eight games for pine tar in glove - - MLB Advanced Media, L.P.". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Joel Peralta". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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