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Rafael Miranda Fernándes

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 172 lb.

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Rafael Fernándes pitched for the Brazilian national team in the 2003 Baseball World Cup, at age 17; he faced two batters, walking one and hitting another, leading to one unearned run in a forgettable tourney. In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, he gave up one run in four innings, walking four and fanning five while allowing 2 hits.

After being timed at almost 94 mph, Fernándes was drafted by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in 2008 and was assigned to their developmental squad. He made it to Nippon Pro Baseball in 2011, allowing two runs in 1/3 of an inning. In 2012, he was 1-0 with 10 runs, 15 hits and 9 walks in 12 2/3 IP for the Swallows. He was on the Brazilian national team roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Given the start in the finale, he came up big, allowing only two hits and one walk in 6 innings against a team with six former or current major leaguers, led by Carlos Ruiz and Carlos Lee. Murilo Gouvea relieved, followed by Thyago Vieira, to wrap up a 1-0 upset win to send Brazil to the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

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