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Luis A. Atilano

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Luis Atilano pitched in AAA in 2009 and made his major league debut with the Washington Nationals in 2010.

Atilano was the first pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2003 amateur draft, the 35th overall selection; the pick was compensation for the loss of Tom Glavine to free agency. He was signed by scout Julian Perez for a $950,000 bonus. Debuting as a pro that summer with the GCL Braves, Luis was 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA, walking only 7 in 54 innings. He had the lowest walk rate in the Gulf Coast League.

In 2004, Atilano was 5-1 with a 4.20 ERA for the Danville Braves with 10 walks in 64 innings. He was 5th in the Appalachian League in both wins and strikeouts (54). The next season, Atilano had a 8-9, 4.17 record for the Rome Braves. The Santurce native posted a 6-7, 4.50 line for the 2006 Myrtle Beach Pelicans before his season was ended by Tommy John surgery. He was traded to the Washington Nationals for Daryle Ward three weeks later.

Atilano only pitched one inning in 2007 while recovering from surgery. He split 2008 between the Potomac Nationals (5-2, 2.32), Hagerstown Suns (3.16) and the Harrisburg Senators (0-1, 1.50), looking to be back in form.

In 2009, Luis pitched for the Senators (7-8, 4.16) and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs (2-0, 2.45 in 2 G). He then joined Puerto Rico's team for the 2009 Baseball World Cup, going 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA as Puerto Rico just missed their first Medal in decades, losing to Team Canada in the Bronze Medal game. He got wins over Spain, Venezuela and Taiwan. He tied Norge Vera, Todd Redmond, Lucas Harrell, Yulieski González, Miguel A. González, Yu-Ching Lin and Brad Lincoln for second in the event in wins, one behind Canada's Trystan Magnuson.

After a 2-0, 1.64 start with Syracuse in 2010, Atilano was called up to the majors to replace the injured Jason Marquis. Starting against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first game in The Show, Luis allowed only one run in six innings before giving way to Wil Nieves; he got the win. He also won his second start, on April 28 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, giving up 2 earned runs in 6 innings.

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