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Lorenzo Antonio Barcelo
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 230 lb.
- Debut July 22, 2000
- Final Game April 19, 2002
- Born August 10, 1977 in San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.
Lorenzo Barcelo was a hard throwing right-handed pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 2000-2002. He is a native of the Dominican Republic, and was acquired by the White Sox from the Giants in the infamous White Flag Trade. Barcelo was once regarded as one of the top prospects in the White Sox organization, but he was undone by a series of injuries that ended his career in 2003. His brother, Orger Barcelo, played in the Atlanta Braves organization in 1990.
The San Francisco Giants signed Barcelo as an undrafted free agent in 1994. In three seasons with the Giants class-A affiliates, he won a total of 20 games and amassed 262 strikeouts. Barcelo was in double-A Shreveport when the Giants included him in a package of young players sent to the White Sox for Wilson Alvarez, Roberto Hernández, and Danny Darwin. Barcelo finished the 1997 season with the White Sox double-A affiliate, going 2-1 in six starts.
Injuries began taking their toll as early as 1998, when Barcelo made just three starts. He worked his way back in 1999, and made 13 starts between rookie-level Arizona and double-A Birmingham.
Barcelo reached the majors in 2000, appearing in 22 games with the White Sox--he went 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA and recorded 26 strikeouts. He pitched in 17 more big league games in 2001, but was sent to the DL in June. Barcelo made four appearances in 2002, and never made it to the majors again. He posted a 6.49 ERA in 20 games with the Giants triple-A affiliate in 2003.
As of 2007 he was pitching well in Taiwan for the Chinatrust Whales.
11 years after last pitching in the majors, Barcelo was added to the Dominican Republic national team's roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic as a last-minute replacement for Jose Valverde, who had bowed out for the tournament for personal reasons. He had pitched for the Dominicans in the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament, beating Cuba in the finale.