June 11, 1980 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|August 5, 2004 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 19, 2011 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||4.76|
Yhency José "Belt-High" Brazobán (born June 11, 1980) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher, who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He throws and bats right-handed.
New York Yankees
Brazobán was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Yankees on July 10, 1997 and proceeded to hit .319 as an outfielder for the Yankees Dominican Summer League, earning a spot on the Dominican League All-Star Team.
The Yankees converted Brazobán from an outfielder to a pitcher in 2003, sending him to three different minor league levels to work on his pitching: the Gulf Coast Yankees, Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder. Combined he was 2–4 with 18 saves in 47 relief appearances.
Los Angeles Dodgers
He was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Yankees on December 13, 2003 along with Jeff Weaver and Brandon Weeden in exchange for right-hander Kevin Brown. He earned a call-up to the Dodgers in 2004 after a sensational year at Class AA Jacksonville and Class AAA Las Vegas.
Primarily a setup man for Éric Gagné during the 2004 season, he became the Dodgers closer for a brief time in 2005 after Gagné was lost for the season with an injury. He established new Dodgers rookie records by appearing in 75 games and recording 21 saves.
Brazoban entered the 2006 season as a member of a strong Dodgers bullpen. He and Danys Baez, who was acquired for the 2006 season but was later traded, were slotted to work as setup men for closer Éric Gagné. However, early in the year Brazoban went on the disabled list with an elbow injury that cost him the entire season. He underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.
He worked his way back from the injury to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen in May 2007, but after a few appearances he suffered another serious arm injury and was lost for the rest of the 2007 season. After two serious injuries in a row, he opened the 2008 season in the minors with the Jacksonville Suns. He pitched well enough in the minors to earn a return to the Dodgers bullpen, and the Dodgers called him up on May 9. He appeared in two games with the Dodgers in 2008, allowing two earned runs in three innings while striking out three batters and walking three, before the Dodgers again optioned him to Las Vegas. On July 19, the Dodgers placed him on the disabled list for the rest of the season with another shoulder injury. He was released after the season but eventually resigned to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. However, he was released again on March 19, 2009.
Mexican League / New York Mets
Brazoban began the 2010 season in the Mexican League, where he was 4–3 with a 2.22 ERA in 52 relief appearances for Minatitlan and Mexico City. On August 15, 2010, he was signed to a minor league deal with the New York Mets, and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. He was in 10 games with Buffalo, with a 6.10 ERA.
Later that day, he signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was assigned to the Triple-A Reno Aces. After 8 games with the Aces, he had his contract purchased on June 28. He was outrighted to the minors on July 20.
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
- "Rangers released RHP Yhency Brazoban". Rotoworld. fantasysp.com. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- Dierkes, Tim. "Minor Deals: Brazoban, Reds, Rangers, Astros, Phillies". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
- Morosi, Jon Paul. "Source: Diamondbacks call up Brazoban". Fox Sports. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
- Axisa, Mike. "Outrighted To Triple-A: Yhency Brazoban". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Dierkes, Tim. "D'Backs Sell Brazoban To Fukuoka Softbank Hawks". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011.