Juan Padilla (pitcher)
February 17, 1977 |
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
|July 16, 2004, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2005, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||4.06|
Major league career
Padilla was a 24th round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins. He spent six seasons in the Twins' minor league system before breaking into the majors with the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds in 2004. Although not highly successful with either team, he was signed by the New York Mets and responded with a 1.49 earned run average in the second half of 2005. Padilla had Tommy John surgery in March 2006 and had to miss the 2006 season.
Padilla was not offered a new contract by the Mets and became a free agent on December 12, 2007. He was later signed to a minor-league contract and given a non-roster invitation to spring training by the Mets. In July 2008, Padilla was released by the Mets.
Padilla signed with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League on July 26, 2008. Padilla did not return for the 2009 season. Padilla has also played for the Pittsfield Colonials (2010).
He is now offering baseball lessons in Manchester, Maryland.