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Al Alburquerque | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Al Alburquerque gave up three runs in his inning of relief Wednesday against the Yankees.
Albuquerque's velocity is well down and he's walked five batters in 4 1/3 innings, which just isn't a very good combination. At this point, it might actually be good news if he's hurt, because he's simply dreadful right now. Apr 22 - 11:35 PM

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Al Alburquerque retired just one of eight batters he faced Friday against the Rays.

He allowed five hits, walked two and as charged with six earned runs. Alburquerque was having a fine spring before this, amassing a 10/1 K/BB ratio in eight innings. Still, this is probably all of the excuse that Brad Ausmus needs to keep him out of setup role in the early going.
Apr 3 - 4:41 PM

Tigers and RHP Al Alburquerque avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.725 million contract.

Alburquerque had asked for $2.05 million and the Tigers offered $1.375 million, so the two sides met close to the midpoint. Alburquerque had a 2.51 ERA and 63/21 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings this past season but remains nothing more than a middle relief option for the Tigers.
Jan 24 - 6:20 PM

Al Alburquerque requested $2.05 million and was offered $1.375 million by the Tigers were arbitration figures were exchanged.'s projected of $1.7 million is right around the midpoint of the figures. The two sides seem likely to meet in the middle in order to avoid a hearing next month.
Jan 16 - 5:30 PM

Tigers avoided arbitration with RHP Al Alburquerque by agreeing to a one-year, $837,500 contract.

Alburquerque was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after qualifying for Super Two status. He put up a 4.59 ERA but struck out a whopping 70 batters over 49 innings last season.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque continued to struggle with walks since his demotion to Triple-A, but he also continued to strike batters out at an eye-popping rate. In the majors and minors combined, the righty holds a 53/26 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this season. Manager Jim Leyland doesn't totally trust him given his control issues, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he winds up giving his big arm some high-leverage innings.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 03:59:00 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque was sporting a 3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 total innings for Detroit but had allowed a run in each of his last three appearances. The Tigers want him to work on his command against a lower level of competition.
Thu, May 16, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Al Alburquerque experienced a pinching sensation in his right groin Wednesday but expects to be fine.

"I think I need to stretch more before I pitch in the game," he told reporters. "It's nothing serious. I don't feel like it's anything serious." Alburquerque has a 1.69 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings this year.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:25:00 AM

Al Alburquerque pitched another perfect inning Friday to lower his spring ERA to 1.13.

Alburquerque has a 12/4 K/BB ratio while allowing one run and four hits in eight innings. He's yet to really prove to be reliable, but Alburquerque is pretty obviously the Tigers' best reliever, having posted a 1.59 ERA in 56 2/3 innings since debuting in 2011. He's a sleeper candidate for saves.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Al Alburquerque fanned all three Astros he faced in relief Monday.

Alburquerque still needs to prove that he's reliable after missing much of last season with a stress fracture in his elbow, but he projects as the Tigers' most effective reliever. Whether that will lead to saves is anyone's guess, but he's something of a sleeper.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque has missed all of this season following surgery to have a screw inserted into his pitching elbow to repair a non-displaced stress fracture. The right-hander posted a 1.87 ERA while striking out 67 over 43 1/3 innings last year and could eventually become a big part of the Tigers' bullpen again.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 02:41:00 PM

The Tigers will activate Al Alburquerque (elbow) from the disabled list Sunday.

Alburquerque has got his fastball up to 95-96 mph recently and is ready to help out the Tigers in the bullpen. He posted a 1.87 ERA while striking out 67 over 43 1/3 innings last season but has missed all of this year following surgery to have a screw inserted into his pitching elbow to repair a non-displaced stress fracture.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 03:51:00 PM

Al Alburquerque (elbow) declared himself ready to return to the Tigers.

Alburquerque pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday at Triple-A Toledo and reportedly got his fastball up to 95-96 mph consistently. The 25-year-old has now made back-to-back appearances in the minors, and is expected to be promoted when rosters expand.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 09:39:00 AM

If Al Alburquerque's arm feels fine Thursday following back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Toledo, he's expected to be promoted when rosters expand.

No surprise there. Alburquerque was an integral part of the Tigers' bullpen last season, posting a 1.87 ERA while striking out 67 over 43 1/3 innings. He figures to be eased into things with Detroit but could eventually find himself in high-leverage situations.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 10:23:00 PM

Tigers activated RHP Al Alburquerque from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque has been making rehab appearances with the Toledo Mud Hens for a week. He'll continue to get in work against a lesser level of competition until the Tigers deem him ready to return to the big-league bullpen.
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 01:21:00 PM

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SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
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CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
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4Buck Farmer
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Relief Pitcher
R1Bruce Rondon
2Alex Wilson
3Al Alburquerque
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5Neftali Feliz
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Drew VerHagen
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9Guido Knudson
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