Braulio Armando Lara
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- Born December 20, 1988 in Sabana Larga, San José de Ocoa, D.R.
- Died April 20, 2019 in Bani, Peravia D.R.
Braulio Lara pitched in the minors.
Lara was signed by Tampa Bay Rays scout Junior Ramirez in 2008. He was 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA for the 2008 DSL Rays, striking out 39 in 34 innings but walking 21 and throwing 12 wild pitches. In 2009, he improved to 5-3, 3.58 for the same club, striking out 58 in 55 1/3 IP while showing better control (21 BB, 13 WP). He came stateside with the 2010 Princeton Rays and had a very good season at 6-4, 2.18 and a .200 opponent average. He was among the Appalachian League leaders in ERA (second to Enny Romero), opponent average (lowest) and wins (tied for 4th). He failed to make the league All-Star team as Ryan Copeland was picked as the left-handed starter. Baseball America named him the loop's #13 prospect, between Andrelton Simmons and Cody Stanley.
Lara fell to 5-11, 4.94 for the 2011 Bowling Green Hot Rods. He tied for 6th in the Midwest League in losses, tied for 9th in runs allowed (74), was 6th in earned runs surrendered (66), tied for 7th in walks (55) and led with 22 wild pitches. He led Rays farmhands in both wild pitches (4 ahead of Chris Archer) and losses (tied with Shane Dyer). His record was 6-10 with a 5.71 ERA for the 2012 Charlotte Stone Crabs, walking 58 in 112 innings. He tied seven others for the Florida State League loss lead, was 4th in runs (81) and earned runs (71) and was 7th in walks. He was third in the Rays minor league system in losses.
Despite his poor performance, the Miami Marlins took Lara with the last pick of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft, intrigued by a fastball that hit 98 mph. He failed to make the Marlins out of spring training and was returned to Tampa Bay. Now used as a reliever, he started 2013 poorly with the Montgomery Biscuits (0-1, 5.98, 24 BB in 43 2/3 IP).
He moved to the Korea Baseball Organization in 2016 and by 2018 was pitching in the Mexican League. In April 2019, he was killed in an accident involving multiple vehicles in his hometown of Bani, Peravia. One other person was killed in the accident, and four others were injured.
- 2013 Marlins Media Guide
- Baseball America