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Full Name: Bartolo Colon Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/185 First Game: April 4, 1997
Birthdate: May 24, 1973 MLB Experience: 10 years
Birthplace: Altamira, Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic)
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Bartolo Colón (born May 24 1973 in Altamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who has plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He bats and throws right handed.

Background

A prospect coming from the Dominican Republic, Colón was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 1993 and made his major league debut on April 4, 1997.

In his first season, Colón went 4-7 with a 5.65 ERA. In his 1999 season, one year after helping his Indians to the 1998 American League Championship Series, even in a lost cause against the Yankees, Colón finished 18-5, pitching over 200 innings with 161 strikeouts and a 3.95 ERA in innings pitched.

In 2000, Colón eclipsed his strikeouts number by 51, ending with 212. He also posted a career-high 98 walks. 2002 was his best season to date, but it came in Cleveland and Montreal. Just prior to the 2002 trade deadline, Colón and Tim Drew were traded to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, and prospects Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee. Colón finished 2002 with a combined 20-8 record and a 2.93 ERA, including 76 earned runs with 70 walks in 233 innings, three shutouts, and eight complete games.

After that season, every team in the league attempted to acquire him, but only a few were willing to bid high enough to obtain him. Before the 2003 season, Colón was traded to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three-team deal, including the New York Yankees. He finished 2003 with a 15-13 record. A free agent after the season, he signed with the Anaheim Angels. Colón won 18 games with Anaheim in 2004. During the 2005 season, he went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA, and became the first Angels pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since Dean Chance in 1964.

Due to a partially torn rotator cuff that he received in a playoff game against the New York Yankees in 2005, Colón spent much of the 2006 season on the DL with soreness or inflammation in his right shoulder. In 10 starts, Colón went 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA.

Salary

His current contract with the Angels covers $51 million from 2004 to 2007, which included an $8 million signing bonus.

  • 2004: $9 million
  • 2005: $8 million
  • 2006: $12 million
  • 2007: $14 million
  • Limited no-trade clause (may block a trade to 4 teams)

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1997 CLE A 19 17 4 7 5.65 66 66 59 1 0 0 94 107 12 45 1 5 3
1998 CLE A 31 31 14 9 3.71 158 91 84 6 2 0 204 205 15 79 5 4 3
1999 CLE A 32 32 18 5 3.95 161 97 90 1 1 0 205 185 24 76 5 4 7
2000 CLE A 30 30 15 8 3.88 212 86 81 2 1 0 188 163 21 98 4 4 4
2001 CLE A 34 34 14 12 4.09 201 106 101 1 0 0 222.1 220 26 90 2 4 2
2002 MON N 17 17 10 4 3.31 74 48 43 4 1 0 117 115 9 39 4 1 0
2002 CLE A 16 16 10 4 2.55 75 37 33 4 2 0 116.1 104 11 31 1 3 2
2002 Total 33 33 20 8 2.93 149 85 76 8 3 0 233.1 219 20 70 5 4 2
2003 CHI A 34 34 15 13 3.87 173 107 104 9 0 0 242 223 30 67 3 8 5
2004 ANA A 34 34 18 12 5.01 158 122 116 0 0 0 208.1 215 38 71 1 1 3
2005 ANA A 33 33 21 8 3.48 157 93 86 2 0 0 222.2 215 26 43 0 2 3
2006 ANA A 10 10 1 5 5.11 31 39 32 1 1 0 56.1 71 11 11 0 1 3
2007 ANA A 19 18 6 8 6.34 76 74 70 0 0 0 99.1 132 15 29 1 1 5
Total NL 17 17 10 4 3.31 74 48 43 4 1 0 117 115 9 39 4 1 0
Total AL 292 289 136 91 4.15 1468 918 856 27 7 0 1858.1 1840 229 640 23 37 40
Total 309 306 146 95 4.10 1542 966 899 31 8 0 1975.1 1955 228 679 27 38 40

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1997 CLE A P 19 17 94 6 17 5 3 0 2 10 2 0 .821
1998 CLE A P 31 31 204 13 34 1 1 0 1 7 1 0 .979
1999 CLE A P 32 32 205 20 31 2 4 0 0 9 7 0 .962
2000 CLE A P 30 30 188 17 18 2 1 0 2 3 4 2 .946
2001 CLE A P 34 34 222.1 12 27 1 4 0 1 7 5 1 .975
2002 MON N P 17 17 117 6 15 1 1 0 2 3 4 2 .955
2002 CLE A P 16 16 116.1 7 16 2 3 0 0 2 3 2 .920
2002 Total P 33 33 233.1 13 31 3 4 0 2 5 7 4 .936
2003 CHI A P 34 34 242 12 17 3 3 0 0 1 6 1 .906
2004 ANA A P 34 34 208.1 8 30 3 4 0 3 3 6 1 .927
2005 ANA A P 33 33 222.2 8 16 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1.000
2006 ANA A P 10 10 56.1 4 7 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 .917
2007 ANA A P 19 18 99.1 3 8 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 .917
Total P 309 306 1975.1 116 236 22 25 0 11 50 47 9 .941

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1997 CLE A 19 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998 CLE A 31 2 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999 CLE A 32 7 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
2000 CLE A 30 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
2001 CLE A 34 7 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
2002 MON N 17 39 1 5 0 3 .128 .146 .128 0 0 0 20 1 2 0 0 0
2002 CLE A 16 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Total 33 45 1 6 0 3 .133 .149 .133 0 0 0 23 1 2 0 0 0
2003 CHI A 34 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
2004 ANA A 34 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 ANA A 33 3 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2006 ANA A 10 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
2007 ANA A 19 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total NL 17 39 1 5 0 3 .128 .146 .128 0 0 0 20 1 2 0 0 0
Total AL 292 44 0 5 0 2 .114 .114 .114 0 0 0 27 0 3 0 0 1
Total 309 83 1 10 0 5 .120 .129 .120 0 0 0 47 1 5 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Cleveland Indians (June 26, 1993).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians with Tim Drew to Montreal Expos in exchange for Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore (June 27, 2002).
  • Traded by Montreal Expos with Jorge Nunez to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Rocky Biddle, Orlando Hernandez, Jeff Liefer and cash (January 15, 2003).
  • Granted free agency (October 27, 2003).
  • Signed by Anaheim Angels (December 10, 2003).

Trivia

  • 2005 AL Cy Young Award
  • Two-time All-Star (1998, 2005).
  • Won his only start of the 1998 ALCS pitching a four-hit, one-run complete game.


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