Tenth time is a charm, right? The New York Mets became Miguel Batista‘s tenth Major League team when they signed him, officially, to a minor league contract today. Batista had recently been released from the St. Louis Cardinals after posting a 4.60 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and thought-to-be impossible 0.84 K/BB. Despite the dismal stats, the guy always finds a job. Maybe post-college graduates should find out what he’s doing.
Batista’s career started as a Montreal Expo, when they signed him as a seventeen year old out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The right-handed pitcher would then be plucked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1991 Rule 5 Draft, but he didn’t see substantial Major League action until 1998, when he was back on the Expos.
Throughout his pitching career, Batista has served many roles. He’s been a starter (won sixteen games in 2007), a closer (saved thirty-one games in 2005), and middle-reliever (fourteen holds in 2009). In addition to his baseball versatility, Batista is also a published author, having penned a collection of poetry entitled Sentimientos en Blanco y Negro as well as a thrilled called The Avenger of Blood.
While the 40 year-old veteran pitched decently in 2010 for the Nationals, posting a 3.70 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 1.41 K/BB, his perpetual bout with control (4.1 BB/9) and inability to strikeout anyone (5.8 K/9) makes him even less attractive given his most recent performance with the Cardinals. In all likelihood, Batista will just be Triple-A fodder, but injuries to the Major League roster could pave way for him donning blue and orange.