Jesús Delacruz Colomé...is the youngest of 8 children...originally signed by
Oakland as a non-drafted free agent, Sept. 29, 1996 by Santiago Villalona.
Went 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA in 21 relief appearances between Washington and
Milwaukee...signed by Milwaukee on July 21 after being released by Washington on July
15...joined the Brewers on Aug. 7 after his contract was purchased from Nashville (AAA)...
on the 15-day disabled list from Aug. 21-Sept. 3 with a right elbow strain...released by
the Brewers on Sept. 6.
Provided stability to Manny Acta's bullpen, joining Joel Hanrahan and Saul Rivera as only 3 relievers to go "wire to
wire"...matched career high with 61 appearances...71.0 innings were the 2nd-highest total of career...in 31 appearances
beginning June 30, compiled a .176 batting average against en route to a 2.25 ERA...at .165, batting average
against after the All-Star break was tops among Nationals pitchers...meanwhile, 2.54 ERA after the break ranked 2nd
among Nationals relievers (Steven Shell, 2.08)...closed strong, allowing one earned run in final 13 appearances or
Game-By-Game Highlights: Earned win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in 9-8 win, May 3 vs. PIT...tossed 2.0
scoreless innings and earned victory in 6-2 win at SEA, June 15...notched only hold, August 30 vs. ATL.
In first NL season, went 5-1 with 12 holds and a 3.82 ERA in 61 games out of the bullpen with Washington...was
member of Opening Day roster after entering '07 as non-roster invitee...career-best 12 holds ranked 3rd among
Nationals...after entering the season averaging 5.1 walks per 9.0 innings for career, issued 3.7 per 9.0 inning...went
4-0 with 8 holds, one save, one blown save and a 2.76 ERA in 40 appearances through June 23...was placed on the
15-Day DL on June 24 with a right-leg soft tissue injury and missed 49 games...was reinstated from the DL, August
19...went 1-1 with 2 holds, 2 blown saves and a 6.20 ERA in 21 appearances thereafter...batting average against
before the DL stint was .229 (.317 after)...batting average against with RISP and 2 outs was .167...retired 44 of 60
first batters faced (73.3%).
Game-By-Game Highlights: With a scoreless 8th inning, notched first NL win via Washington's 2-0 victory, April 12 at
ATL...worked season-long 3.0 scoreless innings and was rewarded with the win in a 14-inning 6-5 win at FLA on April
20...clinging to 2-1 lead, faced just 4 batters in scoreless 9th inning to grab 6th career save, May 14 vs. ATL (fanned
Andruw Jones with tying run in scoring position for 27th out).
In Minor Leagues: Worked 4.0 scoreless innings in 3 rehab appearances at 2 levels (Triple-A and Rookie levels).
Went a combined 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA with NYY's Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Columbus clubs after being released
by TBR on April 6...had appeared just once with TBR: April 5 at BAL, giving up a run on a walk in 0.1 inning before
leaving the game with shoulder stiffness...signed with NYY on April 17, but didn't appear in a game until June 19...appeared 3 times with Trenton before joining Columbus, where he posted a 3.55 ERA in 25 games the rest of the
way...had a 2.93 ERA (5 ER/15.1 IP) in his final 10 appearances beginning August 4.
His second full season in the majors (also 2003), but had a pair of stints on the disabled list
with right shoulder injuries (inflammation/tendinitis) limiting him to 36 apps...was shelved
April 14-May 9 and June 10-July 21 missing a total of 59 games...Last outing before being Dl'd the 2nd time was June 9 at Cincinnati...Left that game with right shoulder stiffness after allowing 9 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits in 1.1...game hiked his ERA from 5.40 to 7.16...Made 21 appearances after returning July 22 and pitched to a 3.29 ERA (27.1-IP, 28-H,
10-ER) to finish at 4.57...AND over his last 12 outings he surrendered just 2 earned runs
in 15.1 innings, a 1.17 ERA...Had much more success at Tropicana Field where he pitched to a 2.96 ERA in 21
outings compared to a 7.00 ERA in 15 road appearances...same holds true over the past two seasons: 2.84 at the Trop (50.2-IP, 16-ER) and 5.50 on the road (36.0-IP, 22-ER)...Pitched to a 2.74 ERA (19.2-IP, 6-ER, .226 op avg.) against the AL East...Led all Rays relievers with 5 wild pitches...Suffered the 6-2 loss in the season finale Oct. 2 vs. the Orioles (2.2-IP, 2-H, 1-R, 4-K)...Finished Aug. 24 game vs. CLE with a career-high 4.0 innings pitched, all scoreless (4-H,
0-BB, 3-K)...Pitched the final 2.1 July 25 vs. BOS, scoreless, and wound up with the 4-3 "walk-off" win...Allowed a game-ending HR to the Marlins' Joe Dillon May 21 at Florida, Dillon's lone big league dinger...Made 3 July rehabilitation appearances for AA Montgomery and pitched 4.0 scoreless
innings (2-H, 3-K).
Made 33 relief appearances before he was sidelined on Sept. 14 for the remainder of the
season with an inflamed shoulder...left with tightness in his right shoulder after facing one
batter, throwing 4 pitches (Derek Jeter HR) on Sept 9 at New York (Game 2)...Joined the Rays June 2 from AAA Durham...Fanned 40 batters in 41.1 innings of work with Tampa Bay, an 8.71 SO/IP ratio...Opponents batted just .193 (28-145)...righties managed just a .163 (15-92) average against...Allowed only 5 of the 24 runners he inherited to score...held first batters faced to 3 hits in 28 AB (.107)...Surrendered 2 runs in his first 13 apps, a 0.95 ERA (IP-19.0, H-10, R-2, ER-2,SO-20)...Then had a 5-outing stretch (July 9-22) in which he allowed 8 earned runs in 4.2 IP hiking his ERA to 3.80...Was touched for 2 runs on 3 hits Aug. 1 against Toronto in just a third of an inning spiking his ERA to a season-high 4.00...Followed that with 8 straight scoreless outings (13.0-IP, 5-H, 5-BB, 12-SO)...Allowed an 11th-inning run Aug 31 vs. Baltimore in his 2nd inning of work, snapping his personal scoreless streak at 14 innings, 3rd longest by a Rays
pitcher this season...Was recalled from Durham on June 3...Made his Rays season debut June 6 at Baltimore and worked the final 3.0 innings (season high), all scoreless (1-H, 3-BB, 3-K) in a 5-4 Rays defeat...Earned his first of three saves of the season in his next outing June 10 vs. SF despite allowing 3 hits and a solo home run to Michael Tucker in 2.1 innings of work (3-K)...Suffered the 2-1 walk-off loss June 23 at Toronto, allowing a broken bat RBI single to Reed
Johnson in the 9th - ended Rays club-record win streak at 12 games...Surrendered his first career grand slam July 22 to MIN's Nick Punto. Was 1 of just 4 HR allowed on the year...opponents mustered a mere 10 extra-base hits off him in 145 AB...Began the year with Durham where he made 18 appearances, going 2-1 with a pair of saves
and a 3.52 ERA...held opponents to a .235 avg...did not allow a home run...Pitched to a 7.94 ERA in 5 spring training games (5.1-IP, 6-H, 5-ER, 3-BB, 9-SO) and was optioned to Durham on March 24...Jesus had 8 pitches register 100+ mph in 2004, double the next closest in the AL
and second most in the majors behind the Cubs' Kyle Farnsworth who registered 30. (source:
Baseball Info Solutions).
In 2003, his first full season at the major league level, was tied for the club lead in
appearances at 54 when he strained his left oblique warming in the bullpen on Sept. 4 ...did
not pitch again the remainder of the season...Had 62 career big league outings entering the season...His 74 innings pitched ranked 3rd among AL relievers at the time of his injury...Struck out 69 in his 74 innings, the 9th-best strikeouts per 9 innings ratio (8.39) among AL relievers (min. 70-IP)...Held opponents to just a .247 batting avg. after allowing a .341 mark in 2002...lefthanders hit just .218 after batting .414 in 2002...Had 7 defeats...only CLE Danys Baez (9), TEX Francisco Cordero (8) and teammate Travis Harper (8) had more among AL relievers...In his 2nd appearance, April 4 vs. NY, he pitched the 9th and allowed 5 runs on 3 HR (Posada, Soriano, Giambi)...tied a club record for most HR allowed by a pitcher in one inning (broken by Travis Harper with 4 allowed June 21, 2005 at New York)...May 15 at Toronto he worked a career-high 3.2 innings and earned his first win since July 24, 2002 at Boston (2-H, 1-BB, 3-SO)...Had a 25-game stretch from April 15-July 1 in which he pitched to a 2.18 ERA (41.1-IP, 26-H, 10-R/ER, 0-HR) lowering his ERA from 17.18 to a season-low 3.40...Pitched to a 6.21 ERA the rest of the season (29-IP, 20-ER) to finish at 4.50...still down from 8.27 in 2002 which was the highest among all major league relievers (min 40 innings)...Earned his first major league save July 26 at Chicago WS (IP-2, SO-3) ...Became the 3rd different Ray to save a game after the All-Star Break...His 2nd save came three games later, July 30 at Toronto, preserving the Rays' 5-3 victory with a scoreless 9th (1-K)...Was ejected Aug. 10 vs. Kansas City following an altercation with Aaron Guiel...threw
one pitch that sailed behind Guiel.
Righty had three tours with the Rays in 2002: Opening Day to May 14, June 25 to Aug.
17 and Sept. 13 through season's end...His 8.27 ERA was the highest among all major league relievers who pitched at least 40 innings...in fact, only two ML pitchers had a higher ERA that worked as many innings: TEX Aaron Myette-10.06 (48.1-IP/54-ER) and CLE Charles Nagy-8.88 (48.2-IP, 48-ER)...His 7 losses tied TOR Kelvim Escobar and KC Jason Grimsley for 2nd most relief losses in the AL behind teammate Esteban Yan's 8...Allowed a .341 batting average against (56-164) including a .414 (29-70) mark to lefties...both would have led all major league relievers, but was just shy of qualifying...Also allowed 9 of 15 (60%) inherited runners to score and 18 of 32 (56%) first batters to reach...Pitched 13 times his first stint and went 1-3 with 4 blown saves and an 11.57 ERA (14.0-IP, 25-H, 18-ER) before being optioned May 15...Suffered his first loss April 11 at Baltimore, 15-6...entered in the 6th up 6-5 and faced 9
batters, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks, contributing to a Baltimore 12-run, 11-hit inning, both
records against TB...his line: 0.1-IP, 6-H, 8-R/7-ER, 2-BB, 1-SO...were career highs
allowed in hits, runs and earned runs.
Made a pair of tours with the Rays in 2001...was up June 21 to July 11 and July 20 thru
season's end...was one of nine Rays rookies to make his major league debut on the season...Opponents hit just .208 against him (37-178), 4th lowest among AL rookies...right-handed hitters were 24-for-109 (.220) 6HR; lefties were 13-for-69 (.188) 2HR...Made his major league debut June 21 vs. BOS at Tropicana Field...inherited a 2-0 count in relief of Yan who came out the game in the 9th with right shoulder tightness...retired the only man he faced (Bichette)...speeds reached 98 mph on the radar gun...Tossed the final 3.0 innings June 28 at BOS allowing just a hit while fanning 4 in earning his first major league win, 4-3...Worked 2.0 or more innings 14 times, including each of his final 7 outings... logged 3.0+ five times...Recorded the loss in the season's final game Oct. 7 vs. NYY as he entered a 0-0 game in the 8th and allowed the game's lone run, a Clay Bellinger solo HR...Started the season on Durham's disabled list (strained right hamstring) and returned to action May 20...Ranked as the #69 best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in their annual Top 100 Prospect list...Named by International League managers as having the Best Fastball in the circuit.
Went 9-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 20 starts with Midland...traded to Tampa Bay on July 28
along with cash considerations for RHP Jim Mecir and LHP Todd Belitz.
Earned honorable mention honors as a California League postseason All-
Star...ranked 3rd in the CL in ERA, and led the Oakland chain with 127 strikeouts.
Posted a 3.18 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) with
Oakland's rookie-level Arizona League entry...fanned 62 in 56.2 innings (9.8 K's per 9.0
innings)...ranked among AZL leaders in strikeouts (3rd), ERA (5th), and innings pitched
Went 9-3 with 3 CG and a 2.71 ERA in 18 games (7 starts) with Oakland-West of
the Dominican Summer League.