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Felipe Paulino

Felipe Paulino
Kansas City Royals – No. 59
Pitcher
Born: (1983-10-05) October 5, 1983 (age 30)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 2007 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 13-32
Earned run average 4.93
Strikeouts 359
WHIP 1.51
Teams

Felipe Albertin Paulino Del Guidice (born October 5, 1983) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.

Playing career

Houston Astros

Paulino was signed as an undrafted free agent on July 2, 2001. He was called up to the major leagues in September 2007. He made his major league debut on September 5, 2007, against the Milwaukee Brewers and through 3 innings, he gave up 5 runs.

Colorado Rockies

On November 18, 2010, Paulino was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Clint Barmes.[1] He was designated for assignment on May 21, 2011.[2]

Kansas City Royals

Paulino was traded to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations on May 26, 2011.[3] He made 20 starts for the Royals in 2011, striking out 119 batters over 124 2/3 innings of work, posting a season record of 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA.[4] Paulio started the 2012 seasonon the disabled list with right elbow strain, but after missing the first 6 games he came back to post a 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA over seven starts.[4] It was during the seventh start that Paulino experienced major elbow problems, and was placed back on the disabled list on June 9. On June 22, it was announced that he would miss the rest of the 2012 season due to a torn UCL.[5] He underwent ulnar collateral ligament replacement, (aka Tommy John surgery) on July 3, 2012.[4]

The Royals signed Paulino to a one-year, $1.75 million dollar contract on November 29, 2012.[4] He began the 2013 season on the 60-day disabled list as he was still recovering from the Tommy John surgery he previously had. He began throwing sessions as part of his rehabilitation and began pitching in the minor leagues in May, with a possible return to the Royals soon after the 2013 MLB All-Star break.[4]

Pitching style

Paulino throws two hard fastballs, a four-seamer at 93–97 mph and a two-seam fastball at 95–98 mph. His secondary pitch is a slider at 85–88. He also has a curveball (77–80) and changeup (85–87). His curve and change are used primarily against left-handed hitters.[6]

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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