Colomé with the Nationals in 2008
December 23, 1977 |
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
|June 21, 2001, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 30, 2010, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||4.69|
Jesús Colomé de la Cruz (born December 23, 1977 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners.
Jesús Colomé was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Oakland Athletics at age 18, in 1996. He had made it to Double-A as a starting pitcher when, on July 28, 2000, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Todd Belitz and Jim Mecir.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
The Devil Rays converted him to a relief pitcher, and he made his major league debut with them on June 21, 2001. He finished with a 3.33 ERA. Colomé was one of the only pitchers to throw over 100 mph, but he had bad control. The next season, he posted an 8.27 ERA (the highest of his career). He returned to his old form in 2004, in 2003 he struck out a career high 69 batters.
On February 6, 2003, Colomé was involved in a serious car accident in the Dominican Republic. Two months later, he was released by the Devil Rays.
New York Yankees
Colomé signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in 2006. At the end of the season, spent entirely in the minors, he opted for free agency.
Colomé then signed with the Washington Nationals. He came north with the Nationals following the spring season and started off pitching well. By Memorial Day he was 4–0, and was fifth in the league with 26 appearances, posting a 2.20 ERA and prompting MLB writer Bill Ladson to write, "Jesús Colomé is the Nationals' best reliever, and one could argue that he should be considered for the All-Star Game." Ladson credited Colome's resurgence in his reliance on pitches other than his once dominating fastball.
On December 10, 2008, he was released by the Nationals. He was re-signed by the Nationals to a minor league contract on January 15, 2009. He competed for a spot on the Nationals' roster in spring training, but was sent to the minor leagues on April 4, 2009.
In July 2009, the Nationals designated him for assignment and he was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers and signed to a minor league contract. On September 6, he was released by the Brewers.
On February 10, 2010, Colome signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. Colomé and Kanekoa Texeira were designated for assignment on May 31, 2010, to make room for Sean White and Garrett Olson.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Sultanes de Monterrey
- Ladson, Bill. "Notes: Colome in command." Washington Nationals. 27 May 2007. Retrieved on 26 July 2009.
- "Nationals release RHP Jesus Colome." Yahoo! Sports. 10 December 2008. Retrieved on 10 December 2008.
- "Nationals Send Zimmermann to AAA." Sports Illustrated. 4 April 2009. Retrieved on 26 July 2009.
- "Mariners sign Colome to Minors deal." Seattle Mariners. 10 February 2010. Retrieved on 10 February 2010.