The early rookie hazing is courtesy of Ohman. Meet our rooks: The one on the left is lefty Brent Leach, the one on the right is righty Ron Belisario. Belly (Belisario_ has been in more games than any other pitcher. Currently he has a 2.30 ERA with 15 BB and 30 K’s.
Belisario was born in Venezuela on December 31, 1982 so he is 26.
He signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Dodgers for 2009. He was late in showing up for spring training because of some visa problems in his home country, so didn’t get a chance to really compete until late in the spring. However, he pitched well in the last few spring training games and was added to the Dodgers opening day roster. Belly made his Major League debut on April 7 working one scoreless inning as a relief pitcher against the Padres.
He has put in his time in the minors, making over 150 appearances. He began his time as a starting pitcher in the Florida Marlins organization, where he signed 10 years ago. He was sidelined for the entire 2005-06 seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
His past two seasons have been spent in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, mainly pitching in Double-A Altoona, where his ERA was above 4.00.
Belisario told MLB.com about his recent improvement and success, citing that, “The big difference is using the two-seamer to come inside on left-handed hitters.”
Belisario: Gracias por el trabajo que has hecho y por cumplir con la encomienda :-). Nice meeting you in Chicago!
Update: Awesome win Tuesday night coming back from a 5 run deficit! I love my boys in Blue!