Mike Belfiore

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Mike Belfiore
Mike Belfiore on September 26, 2013.jpg
Belifore with the Baltimore Orioles
Detroit Tigers
Pitcher
Born: (1988-10-03) October 3, 1988 (age 25)
Commack, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 27, 2013 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 13.50
Strikeouts 0
Teams

Michael John Belfiore (born October 3, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Belfiore attended Boston College where he was a first baseman and a pitcher. After being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Belfiore became a full-time pitcher. Belfiore has played professionally with the Missoula Osprey (2009), and the South Bend Silver Hawks (2010). He was a Pioneer Baseball League All-Star in 2009. He stands at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg). Belfiore bats right-handed, while throwing left.

Amateur career[edit]

Belfiore attended Commack High School, where he played first base, outfield, and pitcher as a member of the school's baseball team.[1] During his senior season in 2006, Belfiore won the Section XI League Most Valuable Player award; the Gibson Award, an award given to the best pitcher in Suffolk County; was named to All-Long Island team; was a first-team All-State All-League and All-County selection; and won the Commack High School Most Outstanding Athlete award.[1] He was also a Suffolk County Hall of Fame inductee in 2006.[1] He started all four of his years on the school's baseball team.[2]

After high school, Belfiore enrolled at Boston College. During his freshman year, as a member of the Boston College Eagles baseball team, Belfiore batted .297 with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs, and 22 runs batted in (RBIs) in 49 games played as a first baseman and designated hitter.[1][3] As a pitcher, Belfiore compiled a 0–2 record with a 10.45 earned run average (ERA), one save, and five strikeouts in seven games, one start.

Belfiore pitching for the South Bend Silver Hawks, single-A affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in 2010

During his sophomore season at Boston College, Belfiore batted .274 with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 26 RBIs as a position player.[3] As a pitcher, he went 2–0 with a 2.45 ERA, eight saves, and 19 strikeouts in 18 games.[3] In his junior year, Belfiore batted .273 with 17 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, and 62 RBIs at the plate.[3] He went 5–1 with a 2.05 ERA, nine saves, and 59 strikeouts on the mound.[3] After the season, he was an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American Second-Team selection.[2] He was also named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association District I Player of the Year.[2][4] During the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Belfiore with the 45th pick in the first round.[5][6][7] He was one of five players selected by the Diamondbacks in the first-round during the 2009 draft.[8] At the time, it was commented that Belfiore would be used as a pitcher in professional baseball.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Belfiore made his professional baseball debut in 2009 with the rookie-level Missoula Osprey of the Pioneer Baseball League.[10] On the subject of pitching in professional baseball, Belfiore said, "In college I just threw fastballs and a slider and blew guys away...You have to use your changeup and understand hitters counts [at this level]".[2] He was a league all-star that season.[3] With Missoula, he went 2–2 with a 2.17 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 14 games, 11 starts. At the start of the 2010 season, Belfiore was assigned to play with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class-A Midwest League. On the season, he compiled a 3–10 record with a 3.99 ERA, and 105 strikeouts in 25 games, all starts.

Belfiore was traded to the Baltimore Orioles as the player to be named later in the April trade that sent Josh Bell to Arizona on May 12, 2012.[11]

Belfiore was recalled by the Orioles from the Triple-A Norfolk Tides on May 12, 2013,[12] and returned to Norfolk the next day.[13] Belfiore was recalled again on September 21, and made his major league debut on September 27. Pitching to his first batter, he allowed a home run to David Ortiz.[14]

On April 3, 2014, the Detroit Tigers claimed Belfiore off waivers and sent him to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[15]

Personal[edit]

Belfiore was born in Commack, New York. He is the middle child of Michael and Patricia Belfiore.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Player Bio: Michael Belfiore". Boston College. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hunter, Cal (April 16, 2010). "Commack's Mike Belfiore Playing in D-backs Organization". Long Island Pulse. Long Island Pulse. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Michael Belfiore". TheBaseballCube.com. The Baseball Cube. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "NCBWA Names 2009 Division I District Players of the Year". Sportswriters.net. National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. June 5, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "1st Round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mike Belfiore: 2009 MLB Draft Prospect Profile". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Winston, Lisa (June 10, 2010). "Phenom Strasburg leads strong Draft group". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2009 Arizona Diamondbacks Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ Collins, Ben. "Tonight's MLB draft updates". Boston.com. Boston Globe. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Belfiore to make debut on Thursday". OurSportsCentral.com. OurSports Central. July 1, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ Connolly, Dan (May 12, 2013). "Orioles left-hander Mike Belfiore gets the call-up". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Connolly, Dan (May 12, 2013). "Orioles left-hander Mike Belfiore gets the call-up". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kubatko, Roch (May 13, 2013). "Chen headed to DL, Orioles option Belfiore". Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ Connolly, Dan (September 28, 2013). "After season-worst start, Feldman, O's hope to stick together". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ Beck, Jason (April 3, 2014). "Tigers add Belfiore to lefty-heavy Minors 'pen". Retrieved April 3, 2014. 

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