Alfredo Simón

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Alfredo Simón
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon (55).jpg
Simón with the Baltimore Orioles
Cincinnati Reds – No. 31
Pitcher
Born: (1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 35)
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2008, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through August 29, 2016)
Win–loss record 47–47
Earned run average 4.53
Strikeouts 529
Saves 19
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Alfredo Simón Cabrera, also known as The Big Pasta, (born May 8, 1981) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. From 2001 through part of 2004 he pitched under the name Carlos Cabrera.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Simón was signed on July 9, 1999, by the Philadelphia Phillies. He originally signed under the name Carlos Cabrera, and he pretended to be 21 months younger than he really was. He made his professional debut in 2000 for the La Vega Phillies in the Dominican Summer League.[1] In 2004, the Phillies found out his real name and age.[2]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Shortly after that, he was traded with Ricky Ledée to the San Francisco Giants for Felix Rodríguez.[3]

Simón was assigned to the A Advanced San Jose Giants. He got off to a bad start, posting a 5.68 ERA in 6 starts while going 1–2. His next season, he was promoted to the AA Norwich Navigators. He started for only part of the year, and closed for most of the season, posting a 5.03 ERA in 43 games (9 starts). In 2006, he started the season at San Jose but was promoted to the AAA Fresno Grizzlies. Following the season he filed for free agency.[4]

Texas Rangers[edit]

On November 3, 2006, Simón signed with the Texas Rangers. In December, the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the Rule 5 draft. On the same day, the Orioles traded him back to the Philadelphia Phillies for Adam Donachie and cash.[5]

On March 17, 2007, the Phillies returned Simón to the Rangers. Simón pitched as a starter for the AAA Oklahoma RedHawks. He had a bad year, going 5–10 with a 6.43 ERA in 22 starts. Following the season, he filed for free agency.[6]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On January 10, 2008, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was released on March 30, before the season started.[7]

Mexican League[edit]

Simón pitching for the Baltimore Orioles

After being released, Simón signed with the independent Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. He pitched very well with them, going 7–2 with a 2.67 ERA in 15 games (11 starts).[8] During the season, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles.[9]

Major leagues[edit]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

The Orioles originally assigned Simón to the AAA Norfolk Tides, but they quickly called him up. On September 6 he made his major league debut. He finished 2008 with a 6.23 ERA in four games (one start) and no decisions. In 2009, after a strong spring training, he was named to the Orioles' starting rotation.[10] However, he was injured in only his second start and missed the rest of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.[11]

Simón failed to make the Orioles out of spring training in 2010, but on April 27, the Orioles promoted Simón from AAA Norfolk. The same day, he became the Orioles' closer (due to bad pitching and a subsequent injury to Mike Gonzalez), and he notched his first save against the New York Yankees. He pitched an inning and gave up no earned runs (and two unearned).[12] Coincidentally, the Yankees were the same team Simón earned his first decision against.[13] Simón converted his first five save opportunities before blowing one against the Cleveland Indians on May 15.[14] Through the 2010 season, Simón converted 17 of 21 save opportunities. After blowing a save on August 9, he did not receive another save opportunity as Koji Uehara was used most often in the role.

On May 21, 2011, Simón was activated from the restricted list. Jason Berken was sent down to make room.[15]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On April 3, 2012, the Cincinnati Reds claimed Simón off waivers from the Orioles. He served in the bullpen for the season, posting a 3–2 record and a 2.66 ERA in 36 games.[16]

He spent most of the 2013 season as a part of the Reds bullpen. He went 6–4 and posted a 2.87 ERA in 63 appearances.[17]

He began the 2014 season in the Reds' starting rotation after an injury to Mat Latos. He immediately excelled in the role, and at the All-Star break he led the National League with 12 wins (against only three losses) to go with a 2.70 ERA.[18]

On July 13, 2014, Simón was named to the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, replacing fellow Red Johnny Cueto, who was unavailable to pitch due to starting a game the previous Sunday. Simon was mobbed by his teammates in the dugout when the announcement was made during the game.[19] In the All-Star game, Simón pitched a scoreless third inning, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.[20] He would win only three more games after the All-Star break, finishing at 15–10 with a 3.44 ERA, while throwing a career-high 196 13 innings.

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On December 11, 2014, the Reds traded Simón to the Detroit Tigers for Jonathon Crawford and Eugenio Suárez.[21][22] On January 16, 2015, Simón and the Tigers avoided arbitration when the two parties agreed on a one-year contract worth $5.5 million.[23]

On August 20, 2015, Simón recorded his first career complete game shutout in the Tigers 4–0 win over the Texas Rangers. He allowed only one hit in the contest, a double to Rougned Odor in the fifth inning, while walking two and striking out five.[24][25] Despite finishing the season with a 5.05 ERA, Simón led the Tigers in wins (13) and innings pitched (187).

Second stint with Cincinnati[edit]

On March 17, 2016, Simón signed a one-year deal to return to the Reds.[26]

Pitch selection[edit]

Simón is primarily a fastball pitcher, throwing several varieties of the pitch. He throws four-seam and two-seam fastballs in the 92–94 MPH range (topping out at 97 MPH), plus a split-finger fastball in the 83–85 MPH range (topping out at 89 MPH). The split-finger is his favorite pitch with two strikes on the hitter. He also throws a standard curveball that averages about 77–79 MPH, plus an extremely slow curveball that averages about 66–69 MPH. The slow curve has been clocked as low as 49 MPH, leading some analysts to call it an eephus pitch.[27]

Controversy[edit]

Involuntary manslaughter allegations[edit]

In January 2011, Simón allegedly shot and killed Michel Castillo Almonte and wounded his 17-year-old brother during a New Year's Eve celebration in Luperón, Dominican Republic. Simón denied the allegations.[28] Police then announced their intention to file involuntary manslaughter charges.[29] In March 2011, Simón posted bail. On November 8, 2011, Simon was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.[30]

Rape allegation[edit]

In April 2014, Simón was sued for $15 million by a woman who alleged that he had raped her in a Washington, D.C. hotel room about one year earlier, while the Reds were in Washington for a series against the Washington Nationals.[31] While no charges were ever filed, a civil suit was still pending as of December, 2014.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfredo Simon Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hello, My Name is Simón (I Think)". 
  3. ^ "Phillies Trade Ledee to Giants for Rodriguez". 
  4. ^ "Alfredo Simon". 
  5. ^ "Scout.com: Orioles Acquire Adam Donachie". scout.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alfredo Simon". 
  7. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (April 9, 2008). "Bennett finally gets hands dirty". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ "Alfredo Simon". 
  9. ^ "Where did Alfredo Simon come from?". 
  10. ^ "Your 2009 Orioles starting rotation". 
  11. ^ "Injury Updates on Some Orioles Pitchers". The Washington Post. 
  12. ^ "Wrap-up: Orioles 5, Yankees 4". 
  13. ^ "Boxscore: NY Yankees vs. Baltimore - April 9, 2009". Major League Baseball. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Cleveland 8, Baltimore 2". 
  15. ^ Short, D.J. (May 21, 2011). "Alfredo Simon to be activated from restricted list today". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Alfredo Simon Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Detroit Tigers. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Alfredo Simon Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Detroit Tigers. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Alfredo Simon Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Alfredo Simon, Tyler Clippard added to NL All-Star team". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "National League All-Stars vs. American League All-Stars - Box Score - July 15, 2014 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tigers obtain Alfredo Simon from Reds". USA Today. Associated Press. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ Beck, Jason (December 11, 2014). "In separate deals, Tigers land Cespedes, Simon". MLB.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ Henning, Lynn (January 16, 2015). "Tigers avoid arbitration with Price, Simon, J.D. Martinez". The Detroit News. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Simon throws 1-hitter, Tigers beat Rangers 4-0". CBS Sports. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ Beck, Jason; Zúñiga, Alejandro (August 20, 2015). "Simon blanks Rangers with 1-hitter". MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  26. ^ Buchanan, Zach. "Cincinnati Reds add Alfredo Simon to rotation on one-year deal". cincinnati.com. cincinnati.com. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Alfredo Simon PitchFX at FanGraphs.com". fangraphs.com. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  28. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-01-02/sports/bal-alfredo-simon-shooting-0102_1_fatal-shooting-orioles-reliever-alfredo-simon-closer-role/ Orioles' reliever Alfredo Simon is main suspect in fatal shooting The Baltimore Sun, January 2, 2011
  29. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5984195 Alfredo Simon surrenders self, gun
  30. ^ "Alfredo Simon of Baltimore Orioles cleared of manslaughter charge - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  31. ^ Rachel Axon (April 24, 2014). "Woman files lawsuit saying she was raped by Reds P Alfredo Simón". USA Today. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  32. ^ Myers, Gene (December 17, 2014). "Tigers' Simon wants secret testimony from his accuser". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 

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