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Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano
Capuano with the Dodgers in 2012
New York Yankees – No. 26
Born: (1978-08-19) August 19, 1978 (age 37)
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 4, 2003 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through May 17, 2015)
Win–loss record 76–88
Earned run average 4.30
Strikeouts 1,138
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (2006)
  • Christopher Frank Capuano (born August 19, 1978) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.

    Early life

    Capuano graduated from St. Thomas School in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Four years later, Capuano was the valedictorian of his class at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts and went on to earn a degree in Economics at Duke University, where he earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa.[1][2] He was also a brother of the Xi Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.[3]

    Professional career

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Capuano was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 1999 amateur draft (238th overall). He played with South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class A Midwest League in 2000 and the El Paso Diablos of the Class AA Texas League in 2001. He began 2002 with the Tucson Sidewinders of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) and was 4–1 with a 2.72 ERA when, on May 17, he had Tommy John surgery and missed the rest of the season.[4]

    He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on May 4, 2003 against the Atlanta Braves, picking up the loss in a two-inning appearance in extra innings. He made his first start on May 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but only lasted 4 and 23 innings while allowing seven earned runs to take the loss. He was optioned back to the minors after that start and called back up for a spot start on July 9 against the San Diego Padres, where he worked seven innings, allowed only one unearned run and picked up his first victory. He returned to the minors after the appearance, where he made 23 starts for Tucson, with a 9–5 record and 3.34 ERA, earning him PCL All-Star honors. He returned to the Diamondbacks when rosters expanded in September and overall appeared in 9 games for them, with 5 starts, and was 2–4 with a 4.64 ERA.[5]

    Milwaukee Brewers

    Capuano pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006.

    On December 1, 2003, Capuano was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (along with Craig Counsell, Lyle Overbay, Junior Spivey, Jorge De La Rosa and Chad Moeller) for Shane Nance, Richie Sexson and minor leaguer Noochie Varner. He made 17 starts for the Brewers in 2004 and was 6–8 with a 4.99 ERA.[5]

    His 2005 season with the Brewers proved to be a break-out year as he posted 18 wins, the highest total for a Brewer since Ted Higuera in 1987. He also led the National League in quality starts during the 2005 season. In 2006, Capuano continued his excellent pitching by taking over as the team's new ace with Ben Sheets injured and was named to the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a replacement for Tom Glavine. Capuano, however, ended up with only 11 wins in 2006.[5]

    Capuano started the 2007 season 5–0 and then the Milwaukee Brewers lost the next 22 games Capuano pitched in from May 12 to September 28. In June he hit his first major league home run against the Florida Marlins.[5]

    Before the start of the 2008 season, he underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career and missed the entire season.[6]

    The Brewers non-tendered Capuano following the 2008 season, making him a free agent but re-signed him to a minor league deal shortly after.[7] Before the start of the 2009 season Capuano had hoped to start live game pitching in mid May,[8] but was limited to a handful of games in the Brewers rookie leagues. After becoming a free agent at the end of the season, Capuano was re-signed to a minor league contract with the Brewers on November 23, 2009.[9]

    Capuano was invited to the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training for the 2010 season, but early on he complained of arm soreness and was placed in extended spring training. He would start the regular season with the Single A, Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League.[10] Capuano would only need 3 appearances with the Manatees before being promoted to the Triple A Nashville Sounds. In those 3 appearances, Capuano registered a 2–0 record with a 1.23 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 1423 innings pitched. On May 28, 2010, Capuano made his final start for the Sounds, and was pulled after four innings. After the game, it was announced the Brewers had purchased his minor league contract and he was recalled to the majors.

    Capuano started the Brewers' June 3, 2010 game against the Florida Marlins in Miami, giving up three runs on seven hits in 323 innings while striking out four and walking one. He was charged with the loss in the 3–2 Marlins win. On July 3, 2010, he appeared in a Brewers victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. This snapped the streak of 26 straight losses he had appeared in between 2007 and 2010.[5]

    New York Mets

    File:Chris Capuano 2011.jpg
    Capuano pitching for the New York Mets in 2011.

    Capuano signed with the New York Mets before the 2011 season.[11] On August 26, pitching against the Atlanta Braves, he threw his first complete game shutout since 2005, setting a career high in strikeouts in a game with 13. He made 31 starts for the Mets in 2011, his most since 2006, and also appeared in relief twice. He was 11–12 with a 4.55 ERA during the season.[5]

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    On December 2, 2011, Capuano signed a two-year deal worth $10 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He started the 2012 season strong, with a 9–4 record and 2.91 in his first 18 starts but went only 3–8 with a 4.76 in his last 15 starts. Overall, he was 12–12 with a 3.72 in 33 starts.[5]

    Capuano began the 2013 season in the bullpen due to the Dodgers having too many starting pitchers. He got a chance to start on April 16 due to an injury to Zack Greinke but suffered his own injury, a strained left calf, in the game and only lasted three innings.[12] He wound up making 20 starts for the team in 2013, despite missing time with various injuries. He also appeared in 4 games out of the bullpen. His final record was 4–7 with a 4.26 ERA.[5]

    Boston Red Sox

    On February 20, 2014, Capuano reportedly agreed to a $2.25 million one year contract with the Boston Red Sox. He passed his physical and the deal was made official on February 22, 2014.[13]

    Capuano began the 2014 season with 15 consecutive scoreless innings. From May 3, 2014 through June 23, 2014, he allowed 17 runs over 16 2/3 innings. On June 25, 2014, he was designated for assignment.[14][15] He was released on July 1.[16]

    Colorado Rockies

    Shortly after his release from the Red Sox, he signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.[17] He pitched for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the PCL, making a total of four starts between the two teams.[18]

    New York Yankees

    On July 24, 2014. Capuano was traded to the New York Yankees from the Rockies for cash considerations.[19] In 12 starts for the Yankees, Capuano went 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA.

    Despite being a free agent, Capuano pitched for the MLB All Star team in the 2014 MLB Japan All Star Series. Wearing a Yankee uniform, he started two games for the MLB All Stars, allowing just one earned run on five hits and striking out seven batters.

    On December 16, 2014, Capuano resigned with the Yankees on a one year, $5 million contract.[20]

    International career

    Chris Capuano
    Medal record
    Men's baseball
    Competitor for 23x15px United States
    Baseball World Cup
    Silver medal – second place 2001 Taipei National team

    Capuano played on Team USA in the

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    Pitching style

    Capuano is a finesse pitcher who relies on his deceptive delivery. He throws his fastball in the mid to upper 80s, and will sometimes hit 90 mph in the early stages of a game. Capuano also features a slider and a changeup, and possesses an excellent pickoff move. In 2005 he led the major leagues in pickoffs with 12, though he also tied Brett Myers for balks with 4.


    Capuano, along with teammates J. J. Hardy, Bill Hall, and Jeff Suppan, appeared in an episode of The Young and the Restless on June 20, 2007.[21] He is married to Sarah Clifford,[22] whom he met at Duke. She was a contender for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, for the modern pentathlon.[23] Capuano grew up a Red Sox fan.[24]


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    2. Waldstein, David (January 7, 2011). "Mets Try to Be Brainy With Pitching Staff". New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
    3. Ang, Kelvin (June 5, 2007). "Players choose different paths to Majors". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
    4. Andrew Beaton (June 30, 2011). "Baseball is all business for Chris Capuano". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
    5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 "Chris Capuano Statistics and history". Baseball Reference. 
    6. "Reports: Brewers' Capuano headed for second Tommy John surgery". May 13, 2008. 
    7. Brewers do not tender offer to Capuano -
    8. Rehab road slow for Capuano
    9. "Brewers sign Capuano, Halama" -
    10. "Peterson has healthy outlook on building pitching staff" - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    11. "New York Mets sign Chris Capuano, Taylor Buchholz; assign Igarashi". 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
    12. Simon, Andrew (2013-04-17). "Dodgers place Capuano on DL, recall Federowicz". 
    13. Tim Britton (February 20, 2014). "Report: Red Sox sign left-hander Chris Capuano". Providence Journal. 
    14. Speier, Alex (2014-06-25). "Red Sox Designate Chris Capuano For Assignment to Clear Roster Space for Clay Buchholz". Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
    15. "Red Sox drop Capuano to add Buchholz". Associated Press. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
    16. Mastrodonato, Jason (July 1, 2014). "Boston Red Sox release Chris Capuano, trade Rich Hill to Los Angeles Angels". The Republican. 
    17. "West Springfield's Chris Capuano signs with Colorado Rockies". Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
    18. "Yankees add to pitching inventory with Chris Capuano". New York Post. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
    19. "Yankees acquire LHP Capuano from Rockies for cash". Associated Press. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
    20. "Pitching-deficient Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano". New York Post. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
    21. "The Young and the Restless" -
    22. Return to the mound - Helena Independent Record
    23. Sarah Clifford - Pentathlon Jan 2003 - Central Mass Striders
    24. "Pitcher Chris Capuano of West Springfield signs with Red Sox". Retrieved December 16, 2014. 

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