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Ivan Maldonado Oquendo
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 230 lb.
Ivan Maldonado reached AAA in 2007.
Maldonado was picked by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2002 amateur draft out of junior college. He debuted that year with the Kingsport Mets, allowing 6 runs (3 earned) in 7 innings. In 2003, the right-hander was 5-2 with a save and a 4.06 ERA for the Brooklyn Cyclones. The next season, Ivan spent most of the year with the Capital City Bombers (4-4, 7.38, 65 H, 15 HR in 46 1/3 IP) though he did have 3 appearances at lower levels.
Maldonado was 1-0 with a 1.16 ERA for the Gigantes de Carolina in the 2004-2005 Puerto Rican League. He split the 2005 season between the St. Lucie Mets (4-5, Sv, 5.46) and Binghamton Mets (1-1, 4.26). In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, Ivan pitched for Puerto Rico, going 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 IP. He tied Josue Matos for the team lead in Ks. He got the win over the Spanish national team and Xavier Civit but lost to Team USA.
Maldonado stuck with the Puerto Rican national team for the 2006 World Baseball Classic, in which he allowed two runs in one inning spread out over two games. He made significant progress in 2006, going 2-3 with 3 saves and a 2.51 ERA for Binghamton and making the mid-season Eastern League All-Star team. He returned to the Puerto Rican squad for the COPABE Olympic qualifier but went 0-2 and allowed 5 runs in 1 1/3 IP.
In 2007, Ivan made it to AAA with the New Orleans Zephyrs. In 39 games, he won 2, lost 1 and saved 9 while posting a 3.80 ERA and striking out 45 in 42 2/3 IP. He returned to New Orleans for 2008, going 4-5 with 3 saves and a 4.07 ERA in 47 games.