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José Mijares

Minnesota Twins — No. 50
Pitcher
Born: October 29, 1984 (1984-10-29) (age 25)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 13, 2008 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     2-3
Earned run average     2.12
Strikeouts     60
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José Manuel Mijares (born October 29, 1984 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a left-handed major league pitcher with the Minnesota Twins. He is six feet tall, and weighs 230 lbs.

Mijares signed with the Twins as a free agent on March 2, 2002 and bounced around every level of the Twins' farm system-- having risen as high as the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in 2007. He was awarded the Gulf Coast League Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2004 and elected to be an All-Star in the Eastern League in 2007.

On January 24, 2008, he was re-signed to a one-year deal, and on March 9, 2008, he was cut from spring training and optioned to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League. He also spent part of the 2008 season with the Gulf Coast League Twins and Fort Myers Miracle before ended the minor league season again assigned to the Rock Cats.[1]

In September 2008, Mijares received a call up to the Minnesota Twins, and made his major league debut on September 13 against the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins won that game 12-6. Mijares wound up becoming the Twins main set-up man for the remainder of the season.

Following a rocky 2009 spring training camp, he was reassigned to Rochester.[2] On April 20, Twins set-up man Jesse Crain went on the fifteen day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and Mijares was brought back up to the big club to fill the roster spot.[3] In his first appearance of the season, he pitched a perfect eighth inning in Boston in the Twins' 7-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Repertoire

Mijares throws a fastball that sits 91–94 mph and can touch 95. He has touched 98 in the past. He throws a hard curveball in the upper 70s and a mid 80s slider.

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