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José Manuel Mijares (born October 29, 1984 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a left-handed major
league pitcher with the
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
In September 2008, Mijares received a call up to the Minnesota
Twins, and made his major league debut on September 13 against the
Orioles. The Twins won that game 12-6. Mijares wound up
becoming the Twins main set-up man for the remainder of the
Following a rocky 2009 spring training camp, he was reassigned
to Rochester. 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. 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.
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.