Veras during his tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates
|Houston Astros – No. 55|
October 20, 1980 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 5, 2006 for the New York Yankees|
(through August 5, 2014)
|Earned run average||3.97|
José Enger Veras Romero (born October 20, 1980) is a Dominican professional baseball relief pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization in 1998. He made his major league debut in 2006 with the New York Yankees. He has also played for the Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs.
Veras was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998. He rose through the Tampa Bay minor league system, mostly as a starter. Veras struggled when he reached AAA, and was converted to a relief pitcher. He was released after the 2004 season. He pitched for the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate, the Oklahoma RedHawks, in 2005.
New York Yankees
Veras signed with the New York Yankees before the 2006 season, which he spent most of in AAA, though he also made his major league debut, pitching 11 innings with a 4.09 earned run average (ERA). Veras was injured early in 2007, but rehabbed and returned to the major leagues as a September call up. After being called up to the majors early in the 2008 season, he emerged as a dominant force out of the bullpen and became the setup reliever after the Yankees traded Kyle Farnsworth. Veras was designated for assignment by the Yankees on June 16, 2009.
On June 24, 2009, Veras was acquired by the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. On August 5, 2009, he was designated for assignment and on August 11, 2009, he was outrighted to AAA. He was called up again in September toward the end of the 2009 season. He was non-tendered by the Indians, making him a free agent.
On January 29, 2010, Veras signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins with an invite to spring training, and was added to the major league roster on April 3. On April 14 Veras was designated for assignment to bring up Chris Leroux to take his spot. Veras was called up on June 25, 2010. James Houser was designated for assignment to make room.
On December 18, 2012, Veras signed a contract with the Houston Astros for to a one-year, $2 million contract and a 2014 option worth $3.25 million with a $150,000 buyout. He played with the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
On July 29, 2013, Veras was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later. At the conclusion of the season, the Tigers declined the club option for 2014.
Veras suffered extreme struggles early in the 2014 season, blowing 2 saves and allowing 10 earned runs in his first 6 appearances. Veras would then land on the disabled list, and quickly lose the closer role to fellow Cubs reliver Héctor Rondón. On June 3, he was designated for assignment. On June 10, the Cubs officially released Veras.
Second stint with the Astros
He has a mid to high 90s mph 4-seam fastball and a low 80s deep slider. The fastball has reached 98 mph, but usually sits in the 93–96 mph range. The slider is usually thrown between 79–83 mph with a break between six and nine inches. Veras throws with a low 3/4 arm motion.
Veras is married to Gissel Veras. They have a daughter, Gijen, and a son, Genson.
- Piratas pactan acuerdo de ligas menores con José Veras ESPNDeportes
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)