August 5, 1971 |
|April 9, 1994, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 24, 2004, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||5.98|
Juan Carlos Pulido Valera [poo-lee'-do] (born August 5, 1971 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins in 1994 and between 2003–2004. He batted and threw left-handed.
Signed at 18 in 1989 by Minnesota, the hard-throwing Pulido was a bright prospect in the Twins' system, but a 1995 arm injury ruined his chances as a starter. After spending one season with the Twins in 1994, he spent the next decade in the minor leagues, as well as with the Orix BlueWave, before spending two more seasons with the Twins in 2003 and 2004.
He had a successful career in Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional), playing for Navegantes del Magallanes, Tigres de Aragua and Cardenales de Lara. Lifetime, he had a 68–51 record, with a 3.08 ERA, in 234 appearances. In 2007, he did not play in any Summer League, instead coaching for the Texas Rangers Single-A team in the minor leagues. He was released by Cardenales in Venezuela, and rehired by his original team, Magallanes.