Pedro Feliciano

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Pedro Feliciano
Pedro Feliciano on May 31, 2009.jpg
Tenure with the New York Mets
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1976-08-25) August 25, 1976 (age 37)
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 4, 2002 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record 22–21
Earned run average 3.33
Strikeouts 350
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Led Majors with appearances in 2008 (86), 2009 (88), and 2010 (92)

Pedro Juan Feliciano Molina (born August 25, 1976), nicknamed "The Perpetual Pedro", is a professional baseball left-handed pitcher.

Early life[edit]

Feliciano graduated from Jose S. Algeria High School in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1995 he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 31st round of the amateur draft and began his professional career with the Great Falls Dodgers in the Pioneer League. His progress through the minor leagues was slow and marred by injuries.[citation needed] After four years in the Rookie and Class A leagues, he suffered a shoulder injury in 1999 which prevented him from playing all season.[citation needed] He returned in 2000, pitching at the AA level, with one inning for the AAA Albuquerque Dukes. In 2001, he struggled in AAA after pitching well in AA.[citation needed] After six years of service in the minor leagues without promotion to the Majors, he became a free agent.

Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets (2002-2004)[edit]

Feliciano signed with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2002 season, but was traded to the New York Mets in August along with Brady Clark for Shawn Estes. On September 4, 2002, Feliciano made his Major League debut pitching two scoreless innings of relief against the Florida Marlins. In the three years following, he had mixed success with the Mets, being recalled from and optioned to the AAA Norfolk Tides several times in 2003 and 2004.

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2005)[edit]

Feliciano spent the 2005 season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.

Second stint with the New York Mets (2006-2010)[edit]

Feliciano returned to the Mets as a left-handed specialist for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2008 and 2009, he operated in the bullpen as the Mets' primary situational left-hander.

Feliciano pitching in a game on June 18, 2009.

In 2007, he recorded his first career big-league save against the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2008, he led the majors in games pitched, with 86.[1] In 58 of those games, the greatest number in the majors, he recorded fewer than three outs.[2] He also led the majors in days pitched on zero days rest, with 36.[3]

Due to his large number of appearances, he has been nicknamed "Perpetual Pedro" by Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen.

In 2010, he passed Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in games pitched for the Mets with 459 and is now second all time to John Franco.

Pedro lead the majors in appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He has had the most appearances from 2007–2010. His 344 relief appearances over those four years, is a Major League Baseball record.

New York Yankees (2011-2012)[edit]

In January 2011, Feliciano signed a two-year deal worth approximately $8 million with the New York Yankees.[1][2] Early in the 2011 season, Feliciano was placed on the disabled list due to soreness in his left shoulder. On April 25, orthopedist James Andrews recommended a six-week strengthening program for the pitcher. The Yankees front office claimed the reason behind Feliciano's injury was that the Mets had overused him. The cause of Feliciano's trip to the disabled list was a torn capsule and rotator cuff in his left arm, requiring arthroscopic surgery. Because of this, Feliciano was shut down for the entire 2011 season. Feliciano underwent another shoulder surgery in the 2011 off-season and started the 2012 season on the 60-day disabled list. Late in the 2012 season between August and September, Feliciano was issued to rehab at the Double-A Trenton Thunder. [3] Feliciano still did not make any appearance with the majors that year. His contract with the Yankees expired after the 2012 season and left the team without ever throwing a single pitch.

Third stint with the New York Mets (2013)[edit]

On January 21, 2013, Feliciano signed a minor league deal with the Mets.[4]

On August 2, 2013 he made his first appearance of the year with the Mets against the Kansas City Royals and induced a ground out from Alex Gordon in the top of the 9th inning.[5]

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