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Full Name: Rafael Jose Betancourt Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/200 First Game: July 13, 2003
Birthdate: April 29, 1975 MLB Experience: 5 years
Birthplace: Cumana, Sucre (Venezuela)
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Rafael Jose Betancourt is a relief pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. He was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as an outfielder, and converted to a pitcher. He spent all of the 2002 season recovering from elbow surgery, and signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians in 2003.

Betancourt is known for his strange wind-up. He constantly taps his front foot before coming set with runner(s) on-base. Some people believe that this is technically a balk, while others say that it is not because he stops tapping his foot before coming set. He will then move his hands around and tug on his cap before finally making his pitch. A Betancourt appearance will dramatically slow down the pace of a game.

Betancourt has a metal plate and six screws in his pitching elbow.

On July 8, 2005, Betancourt was suspended for ten days for steroid use [1].

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L SV CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP BAA
2003 CLE 33 0 2 2 1 0 0 38.0 27 11 9 5 13 36 2.13 1.05 .196
2004 CLE 68 0 5 6 4 0 0 66.2 71 32 29 7 18 76 3.92 1.34 .268
2005 CLE 54 0 4 3 1 0 0 67.2 57 23 21 5 17 73 2.79 1.09 .224
2006 CLE 50 0 3 4 3 0 0 56.2 52 25 24 7 11 48 3.81 1.11 .241
2007 CLE 68 0 5 1 3 0 0 79.1 51 13 13 4 9 80 1.47 0.76 .183
Career 273 0 19 16 12 0 0 308.1 258 104 96 28 68 313 2.80 1.06 .224

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2003 CLE P 33 0 38 1 3 2 0 0 1.000
2004 CLE P 68 0 66 2 5 3 0 0 1.000
2005 CLE P 54 0 67 3 6 3 0 0 1.000
2006 CLE P 50 0 56 2 3 1 0 0 1.000
2007 CLE P 68 0 79 2 6 4 0 1 1.000
Total P280 0 318 10 23 13 0 1 1.000

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2003 CLE 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2004 CLE 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2005 CLE 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2006 CLE 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2007 CLE 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Career 110 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Boston Red Sox (September 13, 1993).
  • Released by Boston Red Sox (November 18, 1999).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (December 13, 2000).
  • Granted free agency (October 15, 2001).
  • Signed by Cleveland Indians (January 20, 2003).

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