This week I’ve focused on the first five Brazilian ballplayers to make it to the Major Leagues. So its only fitting we analyze their current stats to see how they’re doing this year:
||Batting Avg. or ERA
||Acereros de Monclova
||Oklahoma City Dodgers
* In one game with the Chicago White Sox, Vieira allowed 1 hit and no runs over two innings, earning the win.
** Gohara is currently on the Injured List and has not played yet this year.
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As I mentioned Tuesday, seeing Thyago Vieira pitch against the Baltimore Orioles piqued my interest in Brazilian MLB players. Vieira was called up to be the 26th man in the Orioles-White Sox double header on May 1. After pitching two innings and getting the win, he was sent back to the triple-A Charlotte Knights the next day. Vieira, age 25, is the fourth Brazilian-born player to make it to the Major Leagues. The Mariners signed him to a minor league contract in November 2010. In 2013, he was the closer for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic. On August 14, 2017, after six and a half season in the minors, he made his major league debut with the Mariners. Just before his MLB call-up, with was interviewed in an article on MiLB.com, in which he stated, “’If I can make it in the big leagues, it’s going to be really nice, for me and all Brazilian players. Because we know we can open the door for the next guys coming. That’s amazing. I want to help Brazil. I want to tell the people that hey, Brazil has talent in baseball.’”
On September 6, 2017, a few weeks after Vieira made his MLB debut, Luiz Gohara debuted with the Atlanta Braves. Gohara was born in Tupa, Brazil, on July 31, 1996, and signed with the Seattle Mariners as an international free agent in 2012, at the age of 16. In 2017, he was traded to the Braves, and began the season with the season with the A-advanced Florida Fire Frogs. He was promoted to the double-A Mississippi Braves in May and to the triple-A Gwinnett Braves in July. Gohara was called up to the Braves in September of 2017. In 2018, he spent time with in Mississippi, Gwinnett, and Atlanta, and was assigned to Gwinnett at the start of the 2019 season.
So, what do the five players from Brazil have in common, other than being from Brazil? We’ll explore that more next week.
Andre Rienzo with the Chicago White Sox in 2013. Photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia).
Yesterday I mentioned that Yan Gomes was the first Major League Baseball player born in Brazil. So who were the second and third Brazilians to play baseball? Andre Rienzo made his Major League debut on July 30, 2013, and Paulo Orlando debuted on April 9, 2015.
Andre Rienzo signed with the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent in 2006. He played for the White Sox in 2013 and 2014 and was traded to the Miami Marlins for the 2015 season. He was sent to the minors in 2016, then signed a minor league contract with the Padres for the 2017 season. Since 2018, he’s played for the Monclova Acereros of the Mexican League.
Paulo Orlando with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2014. Photo by Minda Haas (via Wikipedia).
Paulo Orlando, the third Brazilian to reach the Major Leagues, began his baseball career in 2005, playing in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. He was signed by the White Sox in 2005, then traded to the Royals in 2008. He spent time with both the Royals and their triple-A club in 2014 and 2015, was with the Royals in 2016, and again split time between the Royals and their minor league teams in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers and is currently with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Stay tuned for more information on Brazilian baseball!
Yan Gomes with the Cleveland Indians in 2017 (though it he also wears these colors with the Nats). Photo by Erik Drost via Wikipedia.
The other day Thyago Vieira came on to pitch against the Baltimore Orioles for the Chicago White Sox. I thought to myself, “What a cool name. I wonder where he’s from.” I’m always drawn to people with cool names. I looked him up on my handy MLB app and found out he was from Brazil. So my next thought was, “Wow. How many players have been born in Brazil?”
The answer is a whopping five: Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo, Paulo Orlando, Thyago Vieira, and Luiz Gohara. (Yan Gomes? Yan Gomes of the Nationals? I had no idea he was Brazilian!)
Interestingly, they are all current players and the first Brazilian to make his MLB debut was Yan Gomes – on May 17, 2012. Gomes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 19, 1987; when he was 12, his family moved to the United States. He attended high school in Miami and went to the University of Tennessee and Barry University.
Gomes was drafted by the Red Sox in 2008, but did not sign. In 2009, after his junior year in college he was drafted by the Blue Jays. After making his debut with the Blue Jays in May 2012, he was traded to the Indians that November. He was traded again six years later, this time to the Washington Nationals.
Of course, this leads to my next question, what was it only seven years ago that the first player from Brazil made his MLB debut?
Does anyone know anyone who works on the ground crew of a Minor League Baseball team? Because I want to know what they really think about having to perform during the game – like the grounds crew at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats:
Now, I looked up job announcements for grounds keepers and grounds crew members, and not a one of them mentioned having to do the “YMCA” thing. However, they did mention “Other duties as assigned” and “Various other duties as required” – so perhaps that covers it.
Adam Jones has been the best of the week many times, and this week was no exception. It was good to see him pie-ing his Orioles teammate, Caleb Joseph again. Too bad they’re not still Orioles.