Jean Toledo

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Jean Carlos Toledo Guaipe

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jean Toledo has pitched in Venezuela, the US, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Italy.

Toledo debuted as a pro in the 2001 Dominican Summer League. He split 2002 between the AZL Angels (3-5, 4.47) and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (0-1, 9 R in 9 IP). His four balks tied for second in the Arizona League. He had an excellent season in 2003 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels (12-7, 2.44). Despite a poor BB/K rate (50 BB, 58 K in 136 1/3 IP), he tied for 5th in the Midwest League in wins (with Dennis Sarfate, Jared Doyle and Anderson Tavares) and was 6th in ERA (between Bryan Edwards and Joe Blanton). He tied Jake Woods for the most wins by an Angels farmhand and led their system in ERA (Ervin Santana, 2.80, was second among hurlers with 100+ IP).

Jean made his Venezuelan League debut in 2003-2004, going 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 8 games for the Caribes de Anzoategui (12 BB in 11 1/3 IP). He was 7-10 with a 4.85 ERA for the 2004 Quakes, tying for 10th in the California League in losses. He also tied for second in the Angels chain in defeats; the other five pitchers with 10 all wound up in the majors as did the leader, Steve Green, who had 17 losses. Toledo was 1-3 with a 5.05 ERA for Anzoategui in 2004-2005. He had a 2-2, 3.28 record for Rancho Cucamonga in 2005 to end his time in the Angels chain.

He was 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 14 games for the 2005-2006 Caribes. Moving to the Aguilas del Zulia for 2006-2007, he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 7 1/3 IP. He was with the Venezuelan national team in the 2008 Americas Baseball Cup, but was one of their worst performers; the rest of the staff was 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA but he was 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA. He lasted only 3 2/3 IP and gave up all 7 runs in a 7-1 loss to Nicaragua; Frances Rojas relieved. He then gave up six hits and two runs in 4 2/3 IP in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Mexico; Gabriel Alfaro relieved. He tied Andre Rienzo for second in the Cup in losses, one behind Alfred Lider.

Toledo was back with Anzoategui for 2008-2009 and went 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 outings. He was 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA for them in 2009-2010 and walked 14 in 20 1/3 IP. In 2010-2011, he had a 2-1, 3.81 record despite 16 walks in 26 innings then allowed two runs in 12 1/3 playoff innings. The right-hander worked three games in the 2011 Caribbean Series (1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K). He issued both walks in the top of the 10th of a game against the Criollos de Caguas to cost his team. Only Francisco Butto appeared in more games for the Caribes in that Series.

He signed with Novara in the Italian Baseball League for 2011. He debuted strong on Opening Day with six shutout innings to beat Montepaschi Grosseto; Antonio Noguera saved it. He finished the year on a worse note, only 2-6 with a 5.34 ERA and .302 opponent average. He tied Edgar Arismendi for 7th in the IBL in losses. Back in Venezuela, he was 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 games for the Caribes and was 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in the postseason.

Jean split the summer of 2012 between the Pericos de Puebla (2-1, 4.74) and Petroleros de Minatitlan (3-3, 6.38), walking 52 in 86 IP overall in the Mexican League. In 2012-2013, he was superb for the Caribes (2-2, 1.35 in 34 G, 21 H in 33 1/3 IP) to win Setup Man of the Year in the Venezuelan League. He led the league in games pitched. He was worse in the postseason this time (0-1, 7.20). During the 2013 Caribbean Series, he joined the Navegantes del Magallanes (4 H, 1 R, 2 K in 1 1/3 IP).

After a summer off, he did well for the Caribes in 2013-2014 (5-1, 4 Sv, 2.78 in 29 G). He was 5th in the league in games pitched and tied Paolo Espino, Carlos Rojas and Pedro Rodriguez for 4th in wins. He was 1-1 with a save and 4 runs (1 earned) in 12 IP in the postseason. He lost the title clincher to Fernando Abad and Magallanes.