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Elvys Santiago Quezada

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 210 lb.

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Elvys Quezada pitched in the minors for 7 years, peaking in AA.

Quezada was 0-3 with a save and a 5.91 ERA for Seton Hall in 2001, then went 1-5 with two saves and a 5.14 ERA in 2002 with 48 strikeouts in 42 innings. The New York Mets took him in the 15th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He did not sign then had a 3-5, 5.43 season for Seton Hall as a senior in 2003. He struck out 71 in 71 1/3 IP, finishing 7th in the Big East Conference in whiffs (just ahead of John Axford). The New York Yankees picked him in the 15th round of the 2003 amateur draft, one spot before Anthony Reyes.

Elvys had a superb first summer as a pro, split between the Staten Island Yankees (3-0, 1.83, 39 K, 23 H in 39 1/3 IP) and Battle Creek Yankees (2-0, 1.38, 5 H in 13 IP). Back with Battle Creek in 2004, the right-hander was not as sharp (2-6, 4.11, 75 K in 72 1/3 IP). One of his two wins was a gem, a May 24 no-hitter of the South Bend Silver Hawks. It was the first nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history. He split 2005 between the Charleston RiverDogs (1-1, Sv, 1.95 in 16 G, 38 K in 32 1/3 IP) and the Tampa Yankees (4-1, Sv, 5.94 in 19 G). He was with Charleston (2-0, 0 R in 9 1/3 IP) and Tampa (3-2, 2.97 in 25 G, 75 K in 66 2/3 IP) again in 2006, with better results. In 2007, Quezada was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA for Tampa.

A free agent, he signed with the Mets. He spent one summer in their system, splitting 2008 between the St. Lucie Mets (2-0, 2.23 in 16 G) and Binghamton Mets (2-1, 4.96 in 10 G). In 2009, he was with the independent Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (4-2, 2 Sv, 3.75) to end his playing career.

Overall, Elvys went 29-17 with 4 saves and a 3.40 ERA in 167 minor league games (48 starts). In 441 2/3 IP, he struck out 422, walked 162 and allowed 379 hits.

In 2012, he joined Manhattan College as pitching coach.

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