Juan Esteban Colmenarez Lugo
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 165 lb.
- High School U.E.N. Durigua
- Born October 22, 1986 in Acarigua, Portuguesa Venezuela
Juan Colmenarez pitched in the minors and for the Venezuelan national team.
Colmenarez signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in September 2004. He made his pro debut the next summer with the VSL Phillies, going 1-1 with three saves and a 4.05 ERA. He improved to 2-0, 4 Sv, 2.57 in 2006 and did not allow an earned run in 16 IP on the road. In 2007, he became a starter and was 6-5 with a 2.91 ERA. He walked only 11 in 93 1/3 IP. He tied for 7th in the Venezuelan Summer League in wins, was second in strikeouts (89) and 9th in ERA. Despite that success, he returned to the same team a year later and went 6-4 with two saves, a 2.13 ERA and just eight walks in 72 innings. He tied for third in the VSL in victories. That was his last season in the minors, having finished with a 15-10, 2.49 record.
Colmenarez went 2-1 despite a 8.18 ERA for Venezuela in the 2011 Baseball World Cup. He retired only one batter and gave up 4 runs in a start and loss to Cuba then allowed one hit, two walks and no runs in four innings of relief to beat Germany after Jesus Yepez turned in a poor start. He was rocked by host Panama for 3 runs in 1 2/3 IP in another relief stint. He still got the call against Panama in the 7th/8th place game and turned in a decent effort (3 R in 5 IP) to get the win. He made one appearance in the 2011 Pan American Games, with three walks, two strikeouts, a wild pitch and an unearned run in 1 1/3 IP.
He was 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in the 2013 Bolivarian Games, taking both Venezuelan losses; in the Gold Medal game against Panama, he surrendered 7 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs (3 earned) in 3 1/3 IP. In the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, he allowed four hits, four walks and two runs in six innings in his lone start, a loss to the Dominican national team.
- 2009 Phillies Media Guide
- 2011 Baseball World Cup Final Report
- 2011 Pan American Games site
- 2013 Bolivarian Games site
- 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games site
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