Saturday, August 24, 2013

Player Profie: Luis Ayala

I have one card of Luis Ayala, from 2013 Topps Heritage.

Playing career: Luis Ayala has pitched in 519 games in the major leagues, all in relief. He came up with the Expos in 2003, going 10-3 with 5 saves and a 2.92 ERA. In four of his first five seasons, he pitched in over 60 games and had over ten decisions, somewhat unusual for a reliever. The Nationals traded him to the Mets toward the end of the 2008 season. Since then he has pitched for the Twins, Marlins, Yankees and Orioles.

Where he is now: After pitching in two games for the Orioles in 2013, he was traded to Atlanta, and shortly after was placed on the DL with an anxiety disorder caused by high blood pressure. He has since come back and is now 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA on the season. He last pitched on Thursday, striking out the only batter he faced in a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.

My memories: He was very good for the Yankees in 2011, and I was sorry to see him go to Baltimore after the season. Still, the Yankees have been pretty good at getting the most out of journeyman relievers lately; hope it continues.

Google Autocomplete results: He is ninth when you type Luis A, between Luis Antonio Ramos, an actor, and Luis Alfredo Garavito, a serial killer. Another prominent Luis Ayala is the Secretary-General of Socialist International, an association of socialist political parties.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Richard Batchelor.

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