Jayson Aquino

Position: LHP
Born: 11/22/1992
Height: 6'1
Weight: 225
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Via trade from the Cardinals for cash on April 7, 2016 (BAL). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on May 29, 2010 (COL)

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 4-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 games, 13 of them starts including one complete-game shutout, at Bowie (Double-A), striking out 55 and walking 22 while allowing 84 hits in 80 1/3 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Bowie July 4 when LHP Ariel Miranda was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 7/4/2016

Debut Details
July 4, in a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The last of four pitchers, he tossed two-thirds of a perfect inning to finish off the night, needing just nine pitches, four of them strikes. He inherited one runner from previous reliever Odrisamer Despaigne, Howie Kendrick who had doubled, but got Chase Utley to fly out to center and dangerous Corey Seager to line out to shortstop with a full count to end the inning.

Player Notes
We may use the word “well-traveled” too often when we talk about minor league veterans, but Aquino’s travels have virtually all occurred in a crazy 15-month span (even if some of the travels were “virtual” — occurring on paper if not in real life — so, kind of the more boring kind where he didn’t even get frequent flier miles or cool sight-seeing opportunities). After spending five seasons with his original organizations, the Rockies, he technically traded hands among six organizations between when he was designated for assignment by the Rockies on January 30, 2015, and signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent on April 7, 2016. A quick timeline: DFA’d by Colorado January 30, 2015. Traded to Toronto for LHP Tyler Ybarra February 4. Designated for assignment by Toronto May 5. Traded to Pittsburgh for cash May 10. Designated for assignment by Pittsburgh July 22. Traded to Cleveland for cash July 29. Designated for assignment by Cleveland December 7. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis December 9 (we’re still in 2015 here, folks). Designated for assignment by St. Louis April 2. Traded to the Orioles for cash April 7. And now — ta da — pitching in the major leagues! Aquino has collected a 2.98 ERA during all of those stops combined coming into his debut with 111 starts in 113 games. He got his career off to a blazing start in short-season action when he combined to go 22-6 in 42 starts with a 1.39 ERA and 249 strikeouts in his first 259.2 IP, walking 51 and allowing just 167 hits. His lone “rough line” came in 2014 between Modesto (High A) and Tulsa (Double-A) when he combined to go 5-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 18 starts over 95 innings, but recovered nicely in 2015 to combine among three teams in three organizations — Lynchburg (High A/Cleveland), Dunedin (High A Toronto) and Bradenton (High A/Pittsburgh) — to go 5-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 24 starts striking out 86 while walking just 30 in 137.1 IP. Aquino was sent back to the minors on July 6.