Alberto Jose Alburquerque ... Born on June 10, 1986 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic ... Originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2003
Opened the 2017 season with Triple-A Omaha and joined Kansas City's bullpen in May ... Held a 3.60 ERA in 11 games (10.0 IP) while with the big-league club ... Was released by the the Royals on July 29 ... Signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent on Aug. 5 ... Posted a 4.63 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 games for Triple-A Charlotte before returning to the Majors on Sept. 8 at SF ... Recorded a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) over his 10 outings with Chicago with an opponents' average of just .111, lower his career OBA to .209 ... Played in the Dominican Winter League for the Leones del Escogido where he pitched in 10 games with a 3.00 ERA and eight strikeouts over 9.0 innings.
Spent a majority of the season in Triple-A, with Salt Lake (Angles) and Tacoma (Mariners)…posted a 1-1 mark and a 3.74 ERA (14 ER in 33.2 IP) in 34 combined appearances...Had his contract selected by the Angels on June 13, making two relief appearances vs. Minnesota (June 13, 15), before being optioned back to Salt Lake on June 17...Missed nearly six weeks of action, being placed on the disabled list June 25…made four appearances (three starts) with the Angels' Rookie League affiliate on a rehab assignment, before being reinstated on Aug. 7...Released by the Angels on Aug. 13, before signing a minor league contract with Seattle on Aug. 23…appeared in six games for Tacoma over the finale two weeks of the regular season, allowing four earned runs in 6.0 innings
Completed fi ft h Major League season and second full year with Detroit with a 4-1 record and 4.21 ERA (62 IP - 29 ER) in 67 games. His 62 innings pitched established a new career-high. Recorded 12 consecuti ve scoreless outi ngs (13 IP) from April 28 - May 28...Marked third longest scoreless game streak of career. Finished month of May with a 0.73 ERA (12.1 IP - 1 ER) and 13 strikeouts in 11 appearances...Held opposing hitt ers to a .217 (10/46) clip during that span. Pitched to a 1.93 ERA (23.1 IP - 5 ER) in day games with 20 strikeouts in 24 outi ngs. Posted a 2.79 ERA (38.2 IP - 12 ER) and 39 strikeouts in 37 games prior to the All-Star Break and a 6.56 ERA (23.1 IP - 17 ER) in 30 games aft er the Break.
Completed his first full season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2014, establishing career-highs with 72 appearances and 57.1 innings pitched. Finished tied for 10th in the American League with 72 appearances out of the bullpen. Tossed the first save of his major league career on April 9 at Dodger stadium. Fanned a season-high four batters on April 26 at Minnesota -- matched the high on August 10 at Toronto. Compiled a 1-1 record, five holds, a 1.98 erA (13.2IP/3er) and 18 strikeouts in 16 games during May. Tied for sixth among all AL relievers with five holds during May, while he was tied for ninth with 18 strikeouts. Pitched a season-high 2.0 innings on August 12 at Pittsburgh -- equaled the high on september 21 at Kansas City. Tossed 9.2 scoreless innings during the month of August, allowing five hits while striking out 11. Did not allow a run in 20 of his final 22 regular season outings -- compiled a 1-0 record, four holds, a 0.92 ERA (19.2IP/2er) and 19 strikeouts during that stretch. Compiled a 2-1 record, a 2.91 ERA (34.0IP/11er) and 38 strikeouts in 45 games prior to the All-star break...posted a 1-0 record, a 1.93 erA (23.1IP/5er) and 25 strikeouts in 27 games following the break. Limited lefthanded hitters to a .245 (27x110) batting average, while righties hit .190 (19x100) against him. Compiled a 1-0 record and a 3.21 erA (28.0IP/10er) and 30 strikeouts in 35 games at Comerica Park...posted a 2-1 record, a 1.84 erA (29.1IP/6er)and 33 strikeouts in 37 games on the road.
Made the Tigers Opening Day roster for the first time in his career during the 2013 season, establishing career-highs with 53 appearances, 49.0 innings pitched and 70 strikeouts...Ranked second among all American League relievers with 12.86 strikeouts per nine innings...Tossed a season-high 2.0 innings on April 17 at Seattle -- matched the high on April 21 at Los Angeles, July 27 versus Philadelphia and September 21 versus Chicago...Struck out a season-high five batters on April 21 at Los Angeles...Posted a 1.50 ERA (12.0IP/2ER) and 21 strikeouts in 12 appearances during April...Optioned to Triple A Toledo on May 16 -- posted an 0-1 record, a 3.14 ERA (14.1IP/5ER) and 27 strikeouts in 10 outings with Toledo...Recalled from Toledo prior to the game on June 21...Posted a 1-1 record and a 4.66 ERA (9.2IP/5ER) and 11 strikeouts in 12 games during August...Compiled a 2-0 record and a 3.60 ERA (10.0IP/4ER) and 15 strikeouts in 11 games during September...Limited lefties to a .228 (18x79) average...righties hit .202 (21x104) with him on the mound...Compiled a 2-1 record and a 2.86 ERA (28.1IP/9ER) at home...while he posted a 2-2 record a 6.97 ERA (20.2IP/16ER) on the road.
Saw action in eight games with the Tigers during the 2012 season as he spent the majority of the season on the disabled
list as he continued to recover from right elbow surgery ... Assigned to Single A Lakeland for an injury rehabilitation assignment on July 24 -- compiled a 5.40 ERA (3.1IP/2ER)
and nine strikeouts in four outings with Lakeland ... Had his injury rehabilitation assignment transferred from Lakeland to Triple A Toledo on August 3 -- appeared in five
games with the Mud Hens before he was recalled from his injury rehabilitation assignment by the Tigers, reinstated
from the disabled list and optioned to Toledo on August 23 ... Did not allow a run over his final six outings with Toledo August 15-29, fanning 15 batters in 7.2 scoreless innings ... Recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on September 2 ... Struck out a season-high four batters on September 20 versus Oakland ... Did not allow a run in seven outings during September, fanning 17 batters in 12.1 innings of work.
Appeared in 41 games with the Tigers during the 2011 season as he saw his first action at the major league level...Led all American League relievers with a .142 batting average against, 4.36 hits per nine innings and 13.92 strikeouts
per nine innings, while he tied for third with six wins...Stranded 90.3 percent of inherited runners (28x31), second-best in the American League...Tops among all Tigers relievers since at least 1946 with 13.92 strikeouts per nine innings...his .142 batting average
against and 4.36 hits per nine innings are the lowest among all Tigers relievers since at least 1946...Tabbed the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Tigers Rookie of the Year...Did not allow a home run in his 41 appearances with the Tigers, marking the most appearances by a Tigers reliever
without surrendering a home run -- previous club record was held by Kevin Saucier with 30 such appearances for the
Tigers during the 1982 season...Assigned to Triple A Toledo to begin the season -- fanned eight batters in four scoreless innings over his three outings
with the Mud Hens before he was recalled by the Tigers on April 14...Made his major league debut on April 15 at Oakland -- struck out three batters as he tossed two scoreless innings...Established career highs with three innings of relief and six strikeouts on April 30 at Cleveland -- retired all nine batters
he faced during the outing to become the first Tigers pitcher to work at least three innings without allowing a
baserunner, and fanning at least six batters since Guillermo Hernandez fanned six batters in 3.2 innings of relief on
August 16, 1984 versus California...marked the most strikeouts by a Tigers reliever since Zach Miner also fanned six
batters on May 17, 2009 versus Oakland...Did not allow a run in 13 consecutive outings May 21-June 26, fanning 23 batters in 14.0 scoreless innings...Earned his first major league win on May 24 versus Tampa Bay...Compiled a six-game winning streak May 24-September 10...Sidelined June 30-July 16 with right forearm flexor mass inflammation...Did not allow a run over his final 15 appearances of the season July 16-September 28, striking out 20 batters in 14.1
scoreless innings...Sidelined August 12-September 4 with a concussion -- made one appearance with Toledo (September 3 at Columbus)
during an injury rehabilitation assignment...Limited righthanded hitters to a .113 batting average (9x80)...lefties hit .176 (12x68) against him...Opponents hit .089 (4x45) with runners in scoring position versus him...Underwent a surgical procedure to have a screw inserted into his olecranon to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture
in his right elbow, a procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL on December 15.
Spent the entire 2010 season with Double A Tulsa in the Colorado Rockies organization ... Sidelined May 29-August 1 with migraine headaches ... Compiled a 1-1 record, 2.70 ERA (16.2IP/5ER) and 18 strikeouts in 11 outings during August ... Saw action in 17 games with Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League following the season, posting a 3.28 ERA
(24.2IP/9ER) and 27 strikeouts -- fourth among all league relievers with 9.85 strikeouts per nine innings.
Began what was his third healthy professional season with the Cubs organization playing for
Single-A Daytona...went 1-0 with 2 saves and a 2.08 ERA (34.2 ip, 8 er) in 24 games for the club...was traded to Colorado in exchange for infielder Jeff Baker in early July...was sent to Double-A Tulsa in the Colorado
organization...was his first experience at Double-A...posted a 3.76 ERA (26.1 ip, 11 er) in 23 games for the
Drillers...did not allow a home run, and owned a 2.36 ground-out to air-out ratio in his 23 games with the
club...was very productive when pitching the 8th inning, as he allowed just 2 runs in 13.0 innings pitched
(1.38 ERA) in the 8th frame...was named the Rockies 25th best prospect in the organization following the
season by Baseball America.
Sidelined for the entire 2008 season with a right shoulder tear.
Split the season between short-season Boise and Single-A Peoria in the Cubs organization...made 21 appearances/10 starts combined between the two stops...struck out 49 batters in 41.0 innings with Boise.
Saw action with the Arizona League Cubs during the 2006 season...Sidelined for the remainder of the season after landing on the disabled list on August 4 with right elbow inflammation.
Missed the entire 2005 season with a right elbow strain.
Made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Cubs in 2004.
Signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2003.