José Manuel Pirela (born November 21, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees.
Pirela with the New York Yankees
|San Diego Padres – No. 2|
|Second baseman / Outfielder|
|Born: November 21, 1989|
Valera, Trujillo, Venezuela
|September 22, 2014, for the New York Yankees|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||80|
Pirela signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent, receiving a $300,000 signing bonus. He made his professional debut with the Yankees in 2007 for the Dominican Summer League Yankees 1.
He reached Triple-A for the first time in 2013 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League. After the season, he played for the Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
Pirela began the 2014 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League. He ended the International League season with a .303 batting average, 10 home runs, and 60 runs batted in (RBIs). He was named a postseason All-Star.
New York YankeesEdit
On September 16, 2014, the Yankees promoted Pirela to the major leagues. He made his major league debut on September 22, hitting a triple in his first at bat, and a single later in the game. In seven games with the Yankees in 2014, he batted .333 with two triples and three RBIs. He was pinch-run for by Antoan Richardson on September 25. Richardson then scored the game-winning run on a walk-off single by Derek Jeter in the Yankee captain's last at bat at Yankee Stadium.
Pirela suffered a concussion on March 22, 2015, in a spring training game against the New York Mets while playing center field. He ran into the outfield wall while chasing a fly ball. On April 2, he was placed on the 7-day disabled list to begin the season due to his concussion, and a week later he was transferred to the 15-day disabled list. On June 7, he hit his first major league home run against the Los Angeles Angels. He batted .256 with 1 RBI in 18 games before he was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 10.
San Diego PadresEdit
On November 11, 2015, the Yankees traded Pirela to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Ronald Herrera. He began the 2016 season with the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, and was promoted to the Padres on April 22. Pirela played in 15 games with the Padres in 2016, making nine starts at second base and one in right field, before being optioned to El Paso when Yangervis Solarte was activated from the disabled list on May 21. Pirela was shut down in June with an Achilles tendon injury after playing in only 35 minor league games on the season. He had originally hurt the Achilles in the spring and it affected his performance all season. Pirela was non-tendered in the 2016 offseason, and became a free agent. He signed a minor league contract with the Padres on December 13, 2016.
Pirela began the 2017 season with El Paso, where he batted .331 with 13 home runs. The Padres promoted Pirela to the Major Leagues on June 6. Pirela was slotted into left field and impressed with his bat, securing the number three spot in the batting order by August and holding onto the left field position after Opening Day left fielder Travis Jankowski came off the disabled list. Pirela saw his season ended in mid-September with a sprained finger, but he led the Padres regulars in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, and was the Padres nominee for the Hank Aaron Award. He finished 2017 with a .288/.347/.490 batting line with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 83 games, playing 72 games in the outfield, 7 games at second base, 5 games at first base, and 1 game at third base.
Pirela began 2018 as a starter for the Padres, but he saw his playing time significantly shrink as the season progressed. He began the season as the regular left fielder, but took over second base from Carlos Asuaje in May as Franchy Cordero moved over to left. When Asuaje was recalled from El Paso on July 1 and moved back onto second base, Pirela had no regular position but continued to appear as a pinch hitter and utility player. In 2018 with San Diego he batted .249/.300/.345 with 5 home runs and 32 RBIs in 146 games.
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- Jose Pirela Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
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