Albaladejo with the New York Yankees
|New York Mets|
October 30, 1982 |
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|September 5, 2007, for the Washington Nationals|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||4.34|
Jonathan Albaladejo Santana (// AL-bə-lə-DAY-hoh; born October 30, 1982) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets organization. He has previously played for the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks in MLB, as well as the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Albaladejo was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 34th round (1,021st overall) of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. In the following year he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round (564th overall), and signed on June 6, 2001.
He spent a number of years in the minors in the Pirates system as a starting pitcher, and in 2005 was converted to a reliever. The Pirates released him on April 25, 2007.
On May 3, 2007 he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, and played most of the season for the Class-AA Harrisburg Senators, compiling a 4.17 earned run average in 21 appearances. He moved up to the Class-AAA Columbus Clippers and finished the season extremely well, posting an ERA of 0.78 in 14 appearances. When rosters expanded in September, the Nationals, then leading the league in innings pitched by relievers, brought him up.
On September 5, 2007, Albaladejo made his Major League debut. In the top of the third inning, in a game against the Florida Marlins, Tim Redding was injured by a batted ball and needed to be replaced. Albaladejo entered the game with two men on and one out, and allowed a ground ball (where an inherited runner scored) and a pop up. In the fourth inning, Albaladejo struck out the side, and then was relieved.
New York Yankees
On December 4, 2007 he was traded to the New York Yankees for relief pitcher Tyler Clippard. The deal is regarded, years later, as one of the worst in Brian Cashman's tenure as Yankees General Manager.
He made the Yankees' Opening Day roster in 2008, but only pitched in 9 games because of an elbow injury suffered on May 9, 2008. Albaladejo again made the Yankees' major league roster to start the 2009 season. After posting an earned run average of 6.00 in 18 appearances through May 22, he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster for pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. In 17 innings at Triple-A he compiled a 1.59 ERA and 0.65 WHIP, earning a promotion back to the majors when Chien-Ming Wang was placed on the disabled list on July 5, 2009. He was sent back down to Scranton on July 10, 2009 to make room for Mark Melancon. Though he did not make the postseason roster, he got his first World Series ring when the Yankees won their 27th franchise World Series title by beating the Phillies.
Albaladejo began the 2010 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After a poor spring training, Albaladejo transitioned from his two-seam fastball to his four-seam fastball, which allowed him more control. He was named International League Pitcher of the Week from July 5–12, and from July 12–18, and pitched in the Triple-A All-Star Game. After saving 31 games in 32 chances with a 0.96 ERA, he was called up to the Yankees on July 20. However, he was optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 24 to make room for Sergio Mitre.
Albaladejo set an International League single-season record for saves in 2010 with 43 (the previous record was 38). He was named to the International League Postseason All-Star team. He was called up by the New York Yankees when the rosters expanded at the start of September and pitched 11 1⁄3 innings for the Yankees during the 2010 season. During the offseason, Albaladejo asked the Yankees to release him so he could pursue a career in Japan.
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed him on December 13, 2011. In 49 games with the club's AAA affiliate in Reno, Albaladejo recorded 25 saves and struck out 60 in 56 2⁄3 innings of work. He was called up by the Diamondbacks at the end of the minor league season, posting an ERA of 9.00 in 3 games.
On December 16, 2012, Albaladejo signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. He spent the entirety of the 2013 season with their AAA club, the New Orleans Zephyrs, recording a 3.80 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73 1⁄3 innings. He was granted free agency after the season.
Broncos de Reynosa
New York Mets
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