Edward Mujica

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Edward Mujica
Edward Mujica on August 14, 2015.jpg
Mujica with the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics – No. 49
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-05-10) May 10, 1984 (age 31)
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 2006 for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through August 9, 2015)
Win–loss record 23–27
Earned run average 3.83
Strikeouts 417
Saves 50
Career highlights and awards

Edward José Mujica (Spanish pronunciation: [muˈxika]; born May 10, 1984) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Florida/Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Boston Red Sox.


Cleveland Indians[edit]

Mujica originally signed with the Indians as an undrafted free agent in October, 2001.[1] He quickly became one of the top pitching prospects in the Cleveland organization.

Mujica began his career as a starter with San Felipe, Burlington and Lake County in 2002, 2003, and 2004.[1] He became a full-time reliever in 2005, and dominated the Carolina League as the closer with the Kinston Indians, earning a 2.08 ERA, 14 saves, 32 strikeouts and just two walks in 26 innings before being promoted to Double-A Akron.[1] He continued his dominance with the Aeros, going 2–1 with 10 saves, a 2.88 ERA, 33 strikeouts, and only five walks in 34 23 innings.[1]

Mujica began 2006 in Akron, where he recorded eight saves without surrendering an earned run, 17 strikeouts, and nine walks in 19 innings before getting promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. For Buffalo, he was 3–1 with five saves, a 2.48 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and five walks in 32 23 innings. He made his major league debut with Cleveland on June 21, 2006. Mujica did not surrender an earned run in 2006 until his fourth appearance with the Indians, on July 14, a streak of 43 13 consecutive innings (19 for Akron, 19 23 for Buffalo and 4 23 for Cleveland).[1]

Mujica during his tenure with the San Diego Padres in 2009

San Diego Padres[edit]

On April 1, 2009, Mujica was traded to the San Diego Padres for future considerations.[2]

Mujica was awarded the win in the first ever regular season game at Citi Field against the New York Mets on April 13, 2009.

Florida/Miami Marlins[edit]

Following the 2010 season, Mujica was traded with Ryan Webb to the Marlins for Cameron Maybin.

In 2011, Mujica appeared in 67 games, finished with a 9-6 record, had 63 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.96.[3]

On June 30, 2012, Mujica was placed on the 15-day disabled list after a line drive from opponent Placido Polanco struck the fifth toe on his right foot; X-rays confirmed a fractured toe.[4]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On July 31, 2012, Mujica was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league third baseman Zack Cox.[5] He was used primarily in the 7th inning of games for the team. In 2013, when the Cardinals closer Jason Motte was injured and set-up man Mitchell Boggs lost his effectiveness, Mujica became the new closer (around mid-April) and began collecting saves in his new role. On July 14, 2013, it was confirmed that Mujica would replace fellow Cardinal Adam Wainwright in the 2013 All Star Game, who had pitched two nights before against the Chicago Cubs. It was Mujica's first All Star Game appearance of his career. He was not called on to pitch, however. He became a free agent after the 2013 World Series on October 31, 2013.[6]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Mujica with the Boston Red Sox in 2014

On December 5, 2013, Mujica agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, pending the completion of a physical examination. The contract became official on December 7.[7] He was designated for assignment by Boston on May 8, 2015.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On May 9, 2015, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.[8]

Pitching style[edit]

Mujica is mainly a two-pitch pitcher, utilizing a four-seam fastball at 90-93 mph and a splitter at 86-89. He also has a two-seam fastball in the same velocity range as his four-seamer, and a slider in the low 80s. Lefties see a very heavy diet of splitters; in 2011, they constituted more than half of the pitches he threw to left-handers. Right-handed hitters tend to see a greater assortment of pitches, including the slider (which Mujica rarely uses against lefties).[9]


External links[edit]

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