|Somerset Patriots – No. 32|
January 23, 1979 |
Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 7, 2001 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2010 season)
|Earned run average||4.03|
Juan Manuel Rincón (born January 23, 1979 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a professional baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent. Rincón bats and throws right-handed. He throws a low 90s fastball and a mid low 80s slider. In his career, Rincón has posted a .208 BAA against left-handed hitters and a .248 BAA against right-handed hitters.
He was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1996. He worked his way up through the Twins farm system, and was selected as a Midwest League All-Star in 1999 after he was 14–8 with a 2.92 ERA in 28 starts with the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Rincón made his Major League debut on June 7, 2001 for the Twins against the Cleveland Indians, working one scoreless inning in relief. He spent eight seasons with the Twins, appearing in 386 games, ending with a 30–26 record and 3.69 ERA, mostly working in relief.
On May 2, 2005, Rincón became the fifth baseball player to be suspended for testing positive for illegal performance-enhancing drugs under Major League Baseball's drug policy. He was suspended for ten days without pay as the policy dictates for a first offense.
On June 12, 2008 the Twins cut ties with him and after rejecting a minor league assignment, he became a free agent. On June 24, 2008, the Cleveland Indians signed Rincon to a minor league contract.
He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians on June 24, 2008 and was 1–1 with a 5.60 ERA in 23 appearances for the Indians in 2008.
On January 20, 2009, Rincón was signed by the Detroit Tigers to a minor league contract. He made the major league roster after spring training but was designated for assignment on May 13, 2009, to make room on the 25 man active roster for Dontrelle Willis. Rincón had three days to accept an outright assignment to AAA Toledo Mudhens or become a free agent. On May 17, 2009, Rincon rejected an assignment to AAA Toledo,thus hitting the free agent market. Rincon posted a 5.23 ERA and was 1–0 in 10 appearances with the Tigers.
On May 25, 2009 Rincon signed a Minor League deal with the Colorado Rockies.
On May 1, 2010, he was designated for assignment to make room for spot starter Esmil Rogers. On May 3, he was assigned to Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs. He became a free agent on October 15, after he refused an assignment to the minor leagues.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On February 11, 2011 he was signed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was released at the conclusion of spring training and signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Los Angeles Angels
- "Players suspended under baseball's steroids policy". espn.com. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports - Rincon rejects Twins' offer of Triple-A assignment
- Willis ready for much-anticipated return MLB.com, May 13, 2009
- Angels signed RHP Juan Rincon to a minor league contract Rotoworld.com, February 24, 2012
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)