Tony Armas (armasto02)
Antonio Jose Armas
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 205 lb.
- Debut August 16, 1999
- Final Game July 7, 2008
- Born April 29, 1978 in Puerto Piritu, Anzoategui, Venezuela
Pitcher Tony Armas, Jr. is the son of Tony Armas and nephew of Marcos Armas. Tony Jr. pitched 10 seasons in the major leagues. In May 2009 he signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves but did not make it back to the big leagues.
He had a complete arsenal of pitches with a low-90s fastball, a slider, a curve, a change-up and a splitter. Armas, who also played 11 seasons in the minors, was primarily a starter in both the majors and the minors. In 2001, when his ERA was 4.03, his team's ERA was 4.68 and the league ERA was 4.36. He had his best season in 2002, going 12-12 with a 4.44 ERA after a very good second half. He had displaced Javier Vazquez's as the Expos' ace, earning the nod as the opening day starter in 2003 when he was injured after 5 starts in which he went 2-1, 2.61. He came back the next season, but was never the same pitcher again. His ERA increased every year from then on, from a already high 4.88 in 2004, to a stratospheric 7.56 in 2008.
Armas spent all ten of his major league years in the National League.