Adrián Almeida

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Adrián José Almeida

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Adrián Almeida has pitched in the minors and for the Venezuelan national team.

He was signed by New York Mets scout Hector Rincones in January 2012. [1] He made his pro debut that summer with the DSL Mets 1, going 0-3 with a 2.50 ERA. He split the next year between the DSL Mets 1 and DSL Mets 2, going 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA, striking out 43 in 41 2/3 IP but walking 27. He posted a 3-2, 2.13 record for the 2014 GCL Mets, fanning 40 in 38 IP (23 BB, 26 H).

Almeida was 2-1 with a save and a 5.94 ERA for the 2015 Kingsport Mets, getting wilder (18 BB in 16 2/3 IP). He made his Venezuelan Winter League debut for the Bravos de Margarita, giving up six walks and six runs in 1 2/3 IP. He split 2016 between Kingsport (0-3, 2 Sv, 6.14, 29 K in 22 IP) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (0-1, 3.86, 5 K in 2 1/3 IP). He had another rough winter with the Bravos (5 BB, 7 R in 1 1/3 IP). The Los Angeles Angels' Salt Lake Bees took him in the AAA portion of the 2016 Rule V Draft. [2]

He was 1-3 with a 5.31 ERA in 27 games for the '17 Burlington Bees, striking out 50 and walking 32 in 42 1/3 innings. He did not pitch that winter then split 2018 between the Inland Empire 66ers (Sv, 0.75 ERA in 7 G) and Mobile BayBears (2-4, 4.25 in 33 G). He continued to be wild (55 BB, 12 WP in 60 2/3 IP) though he fanned 73 and allowed a .172 average. He tied Akeel Morris and Jorge Tavarez for 10th in the Angels chain with 40 games pitched. He was the third pitcher of a combined no-hitter against the Birmingham Barons, the BayBears' 3rd no-hitter ever, teaming with Griffin Canning, Greg Mahle and Ryan Clark. [3]

The lefty had another poor person for Margarita, giving up three runs in 1 1/3 IP in 2018-2019. He was 1-1 with saves and a 5.79 ERA in 30 games for Mobile in 2019, walking 33 and fanning 31 in 28; he allowed a .307 average and .477 OBP. He did not pitch in the winter, then the 2020 minor league season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. He had a 7.88 ERA and ten walks in eight innings for Margarita in 2020-2021. He began the 2021 season with the Rocket City Trash Pandas and had a 1-0, 2.08 record after six games, walking eight in 8 2/3 IP still. He then left the team to pitch for Venezuela in the Americas Olympic Qualifier.

In the Olympic Qualifier, his first outing came against Cuba. Relieving Danny Rondón with a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th, two on and one out, he got Frederich Cepeda to ground into an inning-ending double play. Jhonathan Diaz then relieved; Venezuela won, 6-5. His other game came versus Colombia; with a 3-1 lead to open the 9th, he took over for Rondón and struck out prospect Jeter Downs before Gabriel Moya succeeded him in what would be a 3-2 victory. Venezuela wouldn't win the qualifier but did well enough to move on to the Final Olympic Qualifier. [4]