Deolis Guerra

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Deolis Guerra
Deolis Guerra (2008).jpg
Guerra with the Fort Myers Miracle
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 62
Pitcher
Born: (1989-04-17) April 17, 1989 (age 26)
San Felix, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 27, 2015, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 2–0
Earned run average 6.48
Strikeouts 17
WHIP 1.74
Teams

Deolis Alexander Guerra (born April 17, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015.

Career[edit]

New York Mets[edit]

Guerra signed with the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005. He was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week on July 30, 2006. On July 8, 2007, Guerra represented the New York Mets' organization for the World Team in Major League Baseball's All-Star Futures Game.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Carlos Gutierrez & Deolis Guerra smile for a picture with an autograph seeking fan

Along with outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey, Guerra was traded to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana on January 29, 2008.[1]

With the Fort Myers Miracle, he compiled a 7–2 record with a 4.83 earned run average in the first half of the 2008 season—helping his team capture the Florida State League first-half West Division title. Guerra's first start in the second half of the 2008 season (Tuesday, July 1) was a 4–0 complete game shutout of the Tampa Yankees. He allowed only three hits, and retired 19 in a row between a first inning single by James Cooper and a one-out single by Andres Perez in the seventh. It marked the first shutout of Deolis’ professional career.[2] For the second half, he went 4–7 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts.

The Miracle again captured the first half division title in 2009, this time in the FSL's newly realigned Southern Division, and Guerra, again, saved his best start of the season for the second half. July 3 was Fireworks Night at Hammond Stadium, and in front of the packed house, Guerra brought a no hitter into the eighth inning against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. With one out, Christian Lopez broke it up with a double down the left field line.[3] Guerra was promoted to the New Britain Rock Cats immediately after this game (July 7). He was named FSL pitcher of the week for the week of June 29 through July 5. His combined record for Fort Myers and New Britain was 12–11 with a 4.89 ERA and 106 strikeouts.

On November 20, 2009, he was added to the Twins' 40-man roster.[4] He began the 2010 season with New Britain, going 1–1 with a 3.07 ERA in five starts prior to being promoted to triple-A.[5] During the 2012 season, the Twins converted Guerra into a relief pitcher. The Twins removed Guerra from their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[6]

Guerra competed for the Venezuelan national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He was hospitalized with a blood clot in his right shoulder in March 2013.[7]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Guerra signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in November 2014. The Pirates promoted him to the major leagues on June 27, 2015.[8] He was designated for assignment on July 31.[9] The Cleveland Indians claimed Guerra off of waivers,[10] but the claim was rescinded due to Guerra experiencing knee inflammation, and was placed on the Pirates' disabled list.[11] The Pirates designated Guerra for assignment after the 2015 season, but signed him to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2016 spring training.[12]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On December 10, 2015, Guerra was claimed in the Rule 5 Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[13]

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