Junior Oberto

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  • Bats Left, Throws Left

Junior Oberto is a pitcher in Serie A1. He has led the league in ERA once.

Oberto pitched three years in the Venezuelan Summer League. He started off in 1999, with a 4-1 record, 4 saves and a 3.63 ERA, allowing 28 hits and striking out 44 in 39 2/3 IP for La Victoria. In 2000, he was 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 4 saves in 16 games, striking out 29 in 26 1/3 innings. The next season, he was 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA and 35 hits allowed in 52 innings as a starter and reliever for Mariara. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, he allowed two walks, two home runs and four runs in two-thirds of an inning for Venezuela.

Oberto came to Italy in 2006 with Bbc Grosseto and was 7-5 with a 3.96 ERA. In the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, he pitched for Italy but was little better than he had been four years prior for Venezuela. In 1 2/3 IP, he allowed four hits, including a home run and gave up two runs. He improved significantly in 2007, posting a 7-2, 1.44 record. On April 14, he threw the fifth perfect game in Serie A1 history. In 100 innings, he allowed 64 hits and 36 walks while striking out 77 and giving up no home runs. He led Serie A1 in ERA, tied Matteo D'Angelo and Linc Mikkelsen for fourth in wins, ranked 5th in strikeouts and was second to D'Angelo in lowest opponent batting average (allowing a .184 mark). In the 2007 European Cup, he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 hits allowed in 7 innings for Grosseto. Oberto pitched in the 2007 Baseball World Cup for Italy. He was 1-0 in the event, throwing six innings and allowing one run (unearned). He tossed six shutout innings in the win over South Africa.

Oberto threw two scoreless innings in the 2008 European Cup in Grosseto. He was 1-0, allowed no hits or walks and fanned two. In the 2008 European Cup Final Four, Junior held FC Barcelona to 2 hits, 3 walks and no runs in a shutout in the third-fourth place game.