January 13, 1981 |
Cotui, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|MLB: September 12, 2004 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||4.89|
José Francisco Capellán (born on January 13, 1981 in Cotuí, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Previously, Capellán played with the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, and Houston Astros. He also played with the Hanhwa Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization. He bats and throws right-handed. He throws a fastball that has been clocked at 100 MPH.
In 2004, Capellán pitched at Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A and posted a combined 14–5 mark with a 2.80 ERA. In three games with the Atlanta Braves after a September call-up in 2004, Capellán compiled a 0–1 record with an 11.25 ERA in 8 innings.
Capellán opened the 2005 season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, and was called up to Brewers major league club, where he worked relief through the 2005 season. At the end of spring training in 2007, he was sent back to Triple-A after a poor spring, and demanded a trade and even considered retirement. His wish eventually came true on July 1, 2007, when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Chris Cody.
Capellán was traded from Detroit to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Denny Bautista on December 4, 2007. On May 5, 2008, Capellan was released by the Rockies after being designated for assignment. In late June, Capellan signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals and became a free agent after the season.
Capellán signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros on January 14, 2009, and was invited to spring training.
The Hanhwa Eagles, a Korean professional baseball club, revealed their acquisition of Capellán on December 10, 2009. Capellan is considered to be a starter for the Eagles in 2010 and is scheduled to make $250,000 a year. He was released from the Eagles on August 5, 2010.