Samuel Deduno

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Samuel Deduno
Samuel Deduno on June 27, 2013.jpg
Deduno with the Minnesota Twins
Houston Astros
Pitcher
Born: (1983-07-02) July 2, 1983 (age 31)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 27, 2010 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through August 4, 2014)
Win–loss record 16-18
Earned run average 4.09
Strikeouts 193
Teams

Samuel Deduno Lake (born July 2, 1983) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins.

Career[edit]

Medal record
Representing Dominican Republic
Men’s Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Gold 2013 San Francisco Team

Colorado Rockies[edit]

Deduno was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colorado Rockies in 2003.[1] Deduno led the Texas League in strike outs in 2007, but missed the 2008 season with an injury.[1][2]

Deduno was added to the 40-man roster for the Rockies after the 2008 season.[2][3]

He was called up to the Rockies on August 26, 2010.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Deduno pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2011

He was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres on January 28, 2011. On May 23, Deduno was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Blake Tekotte.[4]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Deduno signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on November 17, 2011. On July 5, 2012, he had his contract purchased by the Twins. Deduno recorded his first win on July 22, in a game against the Kansas City Royals.[5] In 2012, Deduno pitched 6-5 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts with 6.5 K/9 and 1.08 K/BB.

On November 5, Deduno signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training to stay with the Twins. [6] Deduno made 18 starts with the Twins in 2013, and he was 8-8 with a 3.83 ERA, striking out 67 in 108 innings.

Deduno opened 2014 in the Twins bullpen after he lost the 5th starter spot to Kyle Gibson.[7] He made 7 appearances in the bullpen, having a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings before being moved to the rotation to replace the injured Mike Pelfrey.[8] Deduno didn't fare so well in the rotation, where in 8 starts, he was 3-5 with a 6.52 ERA and a 1.603 WHIP in 38.2 innings, or less than 5 innings per start. He was moved back to the bullpen on June 17 in favor of Yohan Pino.[9]

Houston Astros[edit]

On August 30, 2014, Deduno was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.[10]

Pitching style[edit]

Deduno relies mostly, especially against right-handed hitters, on a four-seam fastball (89–92 mph) and curveball (80–84 mph). He throws a small amount of two-seam fastballs, sliders, and changeups against left-handed hitters. The curve is by far his most common pitch in 2-strike counts and when he is ahead in the count.[11]

His four-seamer has the smallest amount of "rise," or vertical break, among all major league starters since 2007.[12] This sinker-like effect gives him the best ground ball/fly ball ratio (6:1) among four-seamers in that group.[13] Remarking on its unusual movement, former Twins catcher Ryan Doumit said, "His fastball's unlike anything I've ever seen. ... It's like catching a 92-mile-an-hour knuckleball."[14]

Deduno has surrendered a high walk rate, walking 55 batters in his first 83 innings.[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gilbert, Steve (November 20, 2008). "Rockies set 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Barry (April 5, 2009). "Pitching leads Drillers". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ "40-Man Roster, Colorado Rockies". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Bernie (2011-05-23). "Padres demote leadoff batter Venable to Triple-A". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  5. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=320722107
  6. ^ Christensen, Joe (November 5, 2012). "Twins reach minor league deals with Deduno, Vasquez". Minneapolis Star Tribune. 
  7. ^ Wetmore, Derek (March 21, 2014). "Report: Kyle Gibson wins final rotation spot, Sam Deduno to bullpen". 1500ESPN Twin Cities. 
  8. ^ Baer, Bill (May 2, 2014). "Twins to place Mike Pelfrey on the 15-day DL; Sam Deduno to start on Tuesday". NBC Sports. 
  9. ^ Berardino, Mike (June 17, 2014). "Journeyman Yohan Pino gets the call to start Thursday". Pioneer Press. 
  10. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (August 30, 2014). "Astros Claim Sam Deduno". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Samuel Deduno". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "PitchFX Leaderboards". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "PitchFX Leaderboards". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Walters, Charley (August 30, 2012). "Twins' Samuel Deduno's fastball 'unlike anything I've ever seen'". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 
  15. ^ "Sam Deduno Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  16. ^ http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Samuel%20Deduno&pos=P&sid=t260&t=p_pbp&pid=465679

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