Jesús Sucre

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Jesús Sucre
Jesus Sucre 2014.jpg
Sucre with the Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 45
Catcher
Born: (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 30)
Cumaná, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 24, 2013, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through September 22, 2018)
Batting average .226
Home runs 10
Runs batted in 66
Teams

Jesús Marcelo Sucre Medina (born April 30, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Seattle Mariners.

Career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Sucre was called up to the majors for the first time on May 23, 2013.[1] He recorded his first career hit on May 24 against the Texas Rangers.

Sucre was optioned to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on March 11, 2014. He was called back up to the Seattle Mariners on July 8, upon the release of John Buck to serve as the backup catcher to Mike Zunino.

On June 12, 2015, the Seattle Mariners were down 10-0 against the Houston Astros when manager Lloyd McClendon called Sucre out to pitch the bottom of the 8th inning, making his MLB pitching debut. Sucre pitched a scoreless inning, delivering only 7 pitches with 4 strikes and 3 balls allowing only 1 hit, ending the inning with a 0.00 ERA. His fast pitch was 90 mph.[2] Sucre had never pitched in a baseball game before at any level, professional or amateur.[3]

On August 12, 2015, Sucre caught teammate Hisashi Iwakuma's no-hitter. On August 15, he was brought in to pitch the bottom of the 8th inning in a blowout against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

During the 2015-16 offseason, Sucre suffered a broken fibula and sprained ankle while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. He had surgery in January which was expected to cause him to miss the next six months.[4]

Sucre was activated from the 60-day disabled list on July 6, 2016. He was optioned to Tacoma on July 20, and recalled on September 2. On January 26, 2017, Sucre was designated for assignment by the Mariners.[5] After clearing waivers, Sucre was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on February 1.[6]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On February 8, 2017, Sucre was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash.[7] After an impressive spring training, Sucre made the team, beating out Luke Maile and Curt Casali.[8] Sucre established career highs on offense for the season, hitting .256 with 7 home runs and 29 RBI's.

Sucre began the 2018 season as the backup to Wilson Ramos. On July 18, the Rays placed Ramos placed on the 10-day disabled list, and Sucre assumed starting responsibilities.[9] His run as starter wouldn't last long as the Rays acquired Michael Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks just one week later on July 25.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Change is coming: Mariners to send down Jesus Montero to Tacoma, bring up Jesus Sucre". Tacoma News Tribune. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "MLB.com Gameday". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Greg Johns [@GregJohnsMLB] (13 June 2015). "Jesus Sucre said he'd never pitched before -- ever, not even in Little League -- before throwing scoreless 8th in Mariners' 10-0 loss" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  4. ^ "Jesus Sucre out six months after leg surgery". Seattle Mariners. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Adams, Steve (January 26, 2017). "Mariners Acquire Dillon Overton, Designate Jesus Sucre For Assignment". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ Adams, Steve (February 1, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/1/17". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ Johns, Greg (February 8, 2017). "Mariners trade Sucre to Rays". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hill, David (2017-03-30). "Tampa Bay Rays Put Jesus Sucre on Opening Day Roster". Rays Colored Glasses. Retrieved 2017-06-03. 
  9. ^ Weber, Jack (2018-07-16). "What the Wilson Ramos Injury Means for the Tampa Bay Rays". Last Word on Baseball. Retrieved 2018-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Rays' Michael Perez: Traded to Rays". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29. 

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