From BR Bullpen
Jorge Balboa Miguel
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 179 lb.
Jorge Balboa has pitched for the Spanish national team. He began his career as a catcher, hitting .289 for Hercules L'Hospitalet in 2005 and .211 in 2006. In 2007, he went 5-3 with a 4.29 ERA and 36 walks in 50 1/3 IP for Hercules L'Hospitalet in the Spanish Division Honor; at the plate, he batted .351. He joined the national team for the 2007 Baseball World Cup, allowing 2 runs in 3 innings against Team USA and 1 run in 2/3 of an inning against the Mexican national team.
In the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, Balboa allowed four runs and 9 hits in 5 2/3 IP for the Spaniards. He moved to FC Barcelona for 2008 after Hercules folded and did a great job, going 7-1 with a 1.57 ERA. He finished 5th in the Division Honor in ERA. Balboa tossed six no-hit innings, walking 4 and fanning 8, in the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg, beating Olimpija Karlovac and Jeffrey Calderone. As a pinch-runner, he stole home in a comeback win over the Czech team Draci Brno. Barcelona went on to win the Cup. In the 2008 Final Four, he tossed one scoreless frame.
Balboa moved to the Italian Baseball League for 2009, signing with Rimini. He did not debut until April 25, when he faced two batters, giving up a Renato Imperiali 2-run single before getting a force out to end the inning. He allowed 3 runs in 8 innings for Rimini in '09.
In 2010, Balboa signed with the Tenerife Marlins Puerto Cruz.