Tony Armas Jr.
|Tony Armas Jr.|
Armas Jr. with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Born: April 29, 1978|
Puerto Píritu, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
|August 16, 1999, for the Montréal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 7, 2008, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||4.65|
Antonio José Armas (born April 29, 1978), better known as Tony Armas Jr., is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He last appeared in a Major League game in 2008. He spent most of his active career with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals.
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Montréal Expos/Washington Nationals
Various injuries held him back until 2003, when he was the team's Opening Day starter, shutting down the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, 10–2. But the strong start turned into a breakdown weeks later, after he was diagnosed with injuries in his arm and shoulder which required season-ending surgery. At that time, Armas was off to a fine start with a record of 2–1, 23 strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA, while allowing barely more than a baserunner per inning (1.065) and not allowing a home run until his fifth and last start.
Armas worked out in 2004 spring training, and his recovery was proceeding. Although the team initially hoped he could be ready for the start of the season, the rehabilitation was slower than expected. He finished the season with a 2–4 mark in 72 innings.
During the 2006 season, Armas had a 9–12 record in 30 starts. Armas missed one month with arm problems, but in his second game back from the disabled list he pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on three hits.
On October 29, 2006, Armas filed for free agency.
On February 1, 2007, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a one-year $3.5 million contract with a 2008 mutual option. After starting the 2007 season 0–3 with an 8.92 ERA, Armas was removed from the rotation.
New York Mets
On February 11, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the New York Mets. He re-signed with the Mets in January 2009. However, he was released on March 31, 2009, after not making the team.
Armas uses a low-90s moving fastball and a sharp-breaking curve to establish what he wants to do with each hitter. He'll mix in an effective slider, a splitter and a changeup to keep opponents out of balance. His slide step has improved to the point where opposing baserunners no longer take him for granted.
- List of Montreal Expos Opening Day starting pitchers
- List of second-generation Major League Baseball players
- "Tony Armas Jr.". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
- Kovacevic, Dejan (2007-02-02). "Pirates sign Armas, spur competition". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
- Kovacevic, Dejan (2007-06-19). "Pirates Notebook: Armas out, but no replacement yet". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "Mets sign four to minor league deals". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- Armas, Spivey out
- Braves Sign Armas
- Curtright, Guy (July 25, 2009). "Bueno back from DL; Armas released". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)