Miguel Fuentes

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Miguel Fuentes
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Miguel Fuentes from a 1970 Topps baseball card.
Pitcher
Born: (1946-05-10)May 10, 1946
Loíza, Puerto Rico
Died: January 29, 1970(1970-01-29) (aged 23)
Loíza, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1969 for the Seattle Pilots
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1969 for the Seattle Pilots
Career statistics
Win–loss record 1–3
Earned run average 5.19
Strikeouts 14
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Last player to throw a pitch for the Seattle Pilots (October 2, 1969)

Miguel Fuentes Pinet (May 10, 1946 – January 29, 1970) was a Puerto Rican Major League Baseball pitcher. Fuentes was signed to his first professional contract in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots. He went on to pitch in eight games for the club at the Major League level after strong performances in the minor leagues. During the off-season, he was murdered in a bar fight at the age of 23.

Early life and early career[edit]

Fuentes was born in Loíza, Puerto Rico in the barrio of Loíza Aldea. He starred as an amateur baseball player and, in 1968, helped lead his amateur team to a Puerto Rican championship.[1] He was discovered by scout Felix Delgado, who went on to sign Fuentes to his first professional contract.[1]

Career with the Pilots organization[edit]

Fuentes was initially assigned to the Clinton Pilots, a Class A team in the Midwest League. He recorded an 8–2 record in 26 appearances and his earned run average of 1.46 was the lowest in the league for pitchers with 40 or more innings pitched.[2] For his efforts, Fuentes was called to the Seattle Pilots' Major League roster in September 1969.

He made his Major League debut on the first of September, striking out two in an inning of work against the New York Yankees.[3] After a second relief appearance, Fuentes was given his first Major League start; he responded by throwing a complete game against the Chicago White Sox, giving up one run on seven hits.

He made three other starts with the Pilots, with a relief appearance in between his second and third starts; in those other three starts he was credited with the loss.[3] Fuentes ended his Major League year with a relief appearance in Seattle's final game, where he threw the team's last ever pitches, as the Pilots would become the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970.[4][5]

During his lone year in baseball, Fuentes compiled 1 win, 14 strikeouts, and a 5.19 earned run average.[6]

End of baseball career and death[edit]

During the Major League Baseball off-season in the winter of 1969 and 1970, Fuentes played in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Caguas Criollos.[1]

A few days after the Criollos' season ended in the league's playoffs, on January 29, Fuentes was shot three times at a bar in Loíza Aldea.[1] Fuentes was sent to a hospital in a state of shock[7] and died of his wounds shortly thereafter.

Fuentes was regarded as a top prospect in the Pilots organization at the time of his death.[1] Because of the Pilots' move to Milwaukee in 1970 to become the Brewers, Fuentes holds the distinction of throwing the final pitches in the history of the Seattle Pilots.[4]

He appears in the 1970 set of Topps baseball cards as a Seattle Pilot, as the Topps cards were already in production (and the Seattle franchise had not yet announced their move to Milwaukee) at the time of Fuentes' death.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Pilots' Hurler Dies of Gun Shot Wounds". The Virgin Islands Daily News. Associated Press. 1970-01-31. 
  2. ^ "1969 Midwest League Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Miguel Fuentes 1969 Pitching Gamelogs". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  4. ^ a b Reader, Bill (2006-07-09). "Seattle Pilots ... Where are they now?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  5. ^ "October 2, 1969 Oakland Athletics and Seattle Pilots Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Miguel Fuentes Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  7. ^ "Pilot Pitcher Dies From Wounds". The Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. 1970-01-31. 

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