Rafael Jose Dolis...Pronounced DOUGH-lees...Signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in August of 2004....Underwent Tommy John surgery on July 6, 2007 (performed by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo) and missed the entire 2008 season.
Ranked 5th among AL relievers with a 1.50 ERA (10th in MLB) and tied for 12th with a career-high 31 strikeouts (24 in 2012)...Recorded a career-high five saves (four in 2012)...His 0.38 HR/9 (1 HR/24.0 IP) was tied for 10th best among AL relievers (min. 20 IP)....Made his Toronto debut on Opening Night, July 24 at TB, with 1.0 inning of work (1H, 2BB, 1K)...His previous MLB appearance came with the Cubs on May 26, 2013 at CIN...Won his 1st game as a Blue Jay on Aug. 28 vs. BAL...Was his first MLB win since May 6, 2012 vs. LAD, the longest span between wins ever for a Toronto pitcher...Marked the 9th time in the past 50 years that a player went 8+ seasons between victories...Picked off his 1st career runner to end the game on Sept. 12 vs. NYM...Marked the 2nd time in team history to win a game on a pickoff (also Tom Henke on June 24, 1991 vs. CLE)...Did not allow an earned run in his last 16 regular-season outings (16.1 IP, 7H, 10BB, 24K)...Converted five of six saves over that stretch while registering 13.22 SO/9, a .135 AVG and a 1.04 WHIP...Made his postseason debut in Game 2 of the ALWC on Sept. 30 at TB...Erased a leadoff single with a double play and a pop out for a scoreless 8th inning.
Pitched his 4th consecutive campaign with the Hanshin Tigers on the Japanese Central League (NPB)...Kept a 2.11 ERA as he went 5-4 with 19 saves and 10 holds...Ranked 2nd in Central League in saves...Surrendered just one home run as he struck out 50 batters and issued 11 walks over 55.1 innings (0.85 WHIP).
Returned to the Hanshin Tigers for a 3rd campaign and posted a sub-3.00 ERA for the 3rd time (2.85)...Tied for 3rd in the Central League with 32 saves.
Made 63 appearances for Hanshin and recorded 85 strikeouts in 63.0 innings of work...Led the Central League with 37 saves and led all relievers in strikeouts.
Signed with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League...Converted eight of nine save opportunities and registered a 2.12 ERA across 34 outings.
Joined the Tigers and spent his entire season with Triple-A Toledo...Went 7-5 with a 4.61 ERA and pitched 66.1 innings, his most since 2011 (74.0).
Signed on with the Giants and was assigned to Triple-A Fresno...Made one appearance in the middle of April and three more in May as injuries kept him to four appearances for the year.
Split the season between triple-A Iowa and the Cubs before landing on the 15-day disabled list, June 1 (retroactive to May 27), with a mild right forearm strain...was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, August 5…was activated from the D.L. and outrighted to Iowa on Oct. 8...Did not allow an earned run in 5.0 innings (five appearances) spanning three stints with the Cubs (April 13-15, May 6-8 & May 22-31)...Opened the season with Iowa, going 1-0 with a one save and a 5.40 ERA (7 ER/11.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances...Made four rehabilitation appearances (two starts) between Rookie-League Mesa and single-A Kane County August 24-September 2.
Rafael broke camp with the major league club for the first time in his career, and in three stints with Chicago went 2-4 with a
6.39 ERA (27 ER/38.0 IP) and four saves in 34 relief appearances. ...Was with Chicago from Opening Day-May 28, June 27-July 22 and
September 4-end of the season.
...Was 2-0 with two saves and a 2.55 ERA (5 ER/17.2 IP) at home compared to an 0-4 record with two saves and a 9.74 ERA (22 ER/20.1 IP)
on the road.
...Punched out 24 while issuing 23 free passes in 38.0 IP.
...Held left-handed hitters to a .141 average (9-for-64), while righties
registered a .388 mark (31-for-80) against him.
...Held opposing number three hitters to a .176 average (3-for-17).
...Was 4-for-6 in save situations ... recorded three holds.
...Stranded seven of 14 inherited runners ... retired 18 of 34 first batters
...Tossed a season-high 2.0 innings of relief six times, most recently done
September 27 in Colorado.
...Recorded his first career major league win, April 23 vs. St. Louis ...
tossed 1.2 innings of relief as the Cubs won in walk-off fashion, 3-2.
...Earned his first-career save four days later, April 27, in a 5-1 Cubs win
at Philadelphia ... tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
...Took over the closer role, May 4, and went on to record three saves in
four chances through May 14.
...Combined to go 1-2 with three saves and a 3.27 ERA (8 ER/22.0 IP)
in 20 games between Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and Rookie League Mesa.
...Landed on the minor league seven-day disabled list, July 27-August 26,
with a left knee strain.
...Optioned to Iowa, May 28, and posted a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP) in 13
games prior to his recall, June 27 ... optioned back to Iowa, July 22.
...Recalled from Double-A Tennessee, September 4, after rosters
Rafael was selected from Double-A Tennessee September 19, joining his first major league roster in his sixth professional
season...prior to his call-up, had earned mid-season and post-season Southern League All-Star honors with the Smokies...Made his major league debut, September 26 in San Diego...induced
a ground out to his first batter faced, stranding a runner and ending the
sixth inning...followed with a scoreless seventh frame (1.1 IP, BB, SO)...Pitched extensively in relief for the first time in his career, going 8-5 with
17 saves and a 3.22 ERA (26 ER/72.2 IP) in 51 appearances (four
starts) with Tennessee...He tied for third in the Southern League in saves (17) and tied for 11th
in the league in wins (eight)...Limited opponents to a .227 batting average, including a .222 mark by
lefthanders and a .231 mark by righthanders...allowed just two home
runs in 72.2 innings pitched...Allowed two earned runs in his final 22.2 innings with Tennessee, a
0.79 ERA during the span (July 17-September 4).
Rafael combined to go 9-9 with a 3.42 ERA (48 ER/126.1 IP) in 26 games (25 starts) between Single-A Daytona and Double-
... Began the season with Daytona, posting a 2.92 ERA (23 ER/71.0 IP)
with a 4-5 record in 14 games (13 starts).
... Was 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP) in his first four games (three
starts) through April 25.
... With Daytona, limited the opponent to a .190 batting average (12-for-
63) with runners in scoring position.
... Promoted to the Double-A level for the first time in his career, June 27 ...
went 5-4 with a 4.07 ERA (25 ER/55.1 IP) in 12 starts for Tennessee,
helping them to the division title.
... Was on the minor league disabled list, September 3-19, with a right
Rafael owned a 3.79 ERA (42 ER/99.2 IP) in 27 games (25 starts) with Single-A Daytona...was his first action since 2007... Posted a 3.91 ERA (42 ER/96.2 IP) in 25 starts...in two relief appearances (3.0 IP), held the opponent hitless, walked none and fanned three... Held opponents to a .221 batting average (78-for-353) ... right-handed
hitters hit .202 (40-for-198) while left-handed hitters were 38-for-155 (.245) against him... Surrendered two or fewer runs in 18 of his 25 starts...walked two or fewer in 16 starts... Boasted a monthly-best 1.42 ERA (3 ER/19.0 IP) in five May outings (four starts).
Missed the entire season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery ... the procedure was performed by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, July 6, 2007.
Saw action in just six games with Single-A Peoria, going 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA (6 ER/30.0 IP) ... was shelved most of the season with right-shoulder tendinitis...Surrendered one or no runs in five of his six starts ... yielded a season-high
four April 14... Held the opponent to a .223 batting average (23-for-103)...right-handed hitters mustered a paltry .189 batting average (10-for-53) off the righty... Landed on the disabled list, May 8 with right-shoulder tendinitis...remained on the D.L. for the rest of the season.
Appeared in 13 games (three starts) for Rookie-League Mesa in his first professional season...went 0-2 with an 8.28 ERA (23 ER/25.0 IP).