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Marco Rene Estrada

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Pitcher Marco Estrada was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 6th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scouts Brian Hunter and Brian Parker and made his pro debut that summer.

Estrada made his major league debut by pitching two scoreless innings for the Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 20, 2008. He had no decisions and a 7.82 ERA in 11 games that season, then went 0-1, 6.14 for Washington in 2009, then was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers as spring training was starting in 2010.

Estrada had another year with no record for Milwaukee in 2010, putting up a 9.53 ERA in 7 games, then finally managed to stick at the major league level in 2011. That year, he went 4-8, 4.08 in 43 games as a swingman for the Brewers, pitching 92 2/3 innings during which he struck out 88 and walked only 29. That very good K/W ratio got even better in 2012, when he struck out 143 and only walked 29 batters in 138 1/3 innings for Milwaukee. He made 23 starts in 29 appearances, and put up an ERA of 3.64 (an ERA+ of 112), but evidently only received mediocre run support as his record was only 5-7.

Estrada pitched for the Mexican national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic

Estrada's cousin, Alex Mejia, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the 2012 amateur draft out of the University of Arizona.

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