Veras pitching for the New York Yankees on September 8, 2006.
|Free Agent — No. --|
October 20, 1980
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 5, 2006 for the New York Yankees|
(through November 24, 2009)
|Earned run average||4.42|
Veras was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998. He rose through the Tampa Bay minor league system, mostly as a starter. Veras struggled when he reached AAA, and was converted to a relief pitcher. He was released after the 2004 season, and pitched in 2005 for the Texas Rangers' AAA affiliate.
Veras signed with the Yankees before the 2006 season, which he spent most of in AAA, though he also made his major league debut, pitching 11 innings with a 4.09 ERA. Veras was injured early in 2007, but rehabbed and returned to the major leagues as a September call up.
After being called up to the majors early in the 2008 season, he emerged as a dominant force out of the bullpen and became the set-up reliever after the Yankees traded Kyle Farnsworth.
Veras was designated for assignment by the Yankees on June 16, 2009. On June 24, 2009, Veras was acquired by the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. On August 5, 2009, he was designated for assignment and on August 11, 2009, he was outrighted to AAA. He was called up again in September toward the end of the 2009 season.
He was non-tendered by the Indians making him a free agent.
He has a mid to high 90's mph 4-seam fastball and a low 80's deep slider. The fastball has hit as high as 98, but usually sits in the 93-96 range. The slider is usually thrown between 79-83 mph with a break between 6 and 9 inches. Veras throws with a low 3/4 arm motion.
Veras is married to his wife Gissel and has daughter, Gijen and son Genson.