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Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano

Position(s):
P
Born:
August 19, 1978
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
225 lbs
Major League Debut:
5-04-2003 with ARI

Christopher "Chris" Frank Capuano (born August 19, 1978 in West Springfield, Massachusetts). He is a starting pitcher and currently plays for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball

Early life

Capuano graduated from St. Thomas School in West Springfield in 8th grade. 4 years later, Capuano was the valedictorian of his class at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts and went on to earn a degree in Economics at Duke University, where he earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a brother of the Xi Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

Capuano was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8th round of the 1999 amateur draft (238th overall). On May 17, 2002, he had Tommy John surgery and missed much of that season.

He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on May 4, 2003.

Milwaukee Brewers

On December 1, 2003, Capuano was one of the eight players involved in a trade that sent Richie Sexson to the Diamondbacks, with Capuano traded to the Brewers. His 2005 season with the Brewers proved to be a break-out year as he posted 18 wins, the highest total for a Brewer since 1987 (Ted Higuera). He also led the National League in quality starts during the 2005 season. In 2006, Capuano continued his excellent pitching by taking over as the team's new ace with Ben Sheets injured and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a replacement for Tom Glavine. Capuano, however, ended up with only 11 wins in 2006.

On September 23, 2006, Capuano surrendered Barry Bonds' 734th home run to pull him closer to breaking the all-time record held by Hank Aaron at 755 home runs.

Capuano started the 2007 season 5-0 and then the Milwaukee Brewers lost the next 22 games Capuano pitched in from May 12 to September 28. In June Capuano hit his first major league homerun against the Florida Marlins.

Before the start of the 2008 season, Capuano underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career and missed the entire season.

The Brewers non-tendered Capuano following the 2008 season, making him a free agent but re-signed him to a minor league deal shortly after. Before the start of the 2009 season Capuano had hoped to start live game pitching in mid May, but was limited to a handful of games in the Brewers rookie leagues. After becoming a free agent at the end of the season, Capuano was re-signed to a minor league contract with the Brewers on November 23, 2009.

Capuano was invited to the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training for the 2010 season, but early on he complained of arm soreness and was placed in extended spring training. He would start the regular season with the Single A, Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. Capuano would only need 3 appearances with the Manatees before being promoted to the Triple A Nashville Sounds. In those 3 appearances, Capuano registered a 2-0 record with a 1.23 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. On May 28, 2010, Capuano made his final start for the Sounds, and was pulled after four innings. After the game, it was announced the Milwaukee Brewers had purchased his minor league contract and he was recalled to the majors.

Capuano started the Brewers' June 3, 2010 game against the Florida Marlins in Miami, giving up three runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings while striking out four and walking one. He was charged with the loss in the 3-2 Marlins win. On July 3, 2010, he finally appeared in a Brewers victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. This snapped the streak of 26 straight losses he had appeared in between 2007 and 2010.

New York Mets

Capuano signed with the New York Mets before the 2011 season. On August 26, pitching against the Atlanta Braves, he threw his first complete game shutout since 2005, setting a career high in strikeouts in a game with 13.

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