Diego Esteban Echeverria
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 190 lb.
Diego Echeverria was one of the first Argentinians to play minor league baseball in the USA. A knuckleballer, he signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in July 2006. In 2007, he went 4-8 with a 7.10 ERA and 1.67 WHIP for the Hudson Valley Renegades. He led the New York-Penn League in runs allowed (58) and earned runs allowed (51) and was one shy of the lead in losses. In 2008, he moved to the bullpen and improved to 4-1, 4.48 with a save in 17 outings (6 starts).
Echeverria bombed with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2009 at 3-2, 8.01. In 60 2/3 innings, he walked 38 and hit 14. It was his last season in the minors. Diego pitched for the Argentinian national team in the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament, taking losses against Venezuela and Nicaragua as their #2 starter after Federico Tanco.
He was with Argentina for the 2011 South American Championship and 2012 South American Championship, when they won Gold Medals. He played in the 2015 South American Championship. In the 2016 South American Championship, he lost a duel with Randy Consuegra of Colombia, allowing two hits, two walks and three runs (only one earned) in six before Mauro Schiavoni relieved. For the round-robin phase, his .100 opponent average tied Murilo Gouvea for 4th. In the semifinals, he was not as sharp against Colombia (7 H, 5 BB, 4 R, 4 K in 6 IP) but left with a 6-4 lead, relieved by Tanco, and Argentina advanced to the finals, where they fell short.
He excelled in the 2018 South American Championship, going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 14 K in 13 innings (7 H, 7 BB). In the Gold Medal Game, he faced defending champion Brazil and went the distance, scattering three hits and fanning eight. He allowed one run, overcoming five walks, to help Argentina qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games (their first time qualifying in baseball for the Pan American Games other than the auto-qualifying as hosts). He led the 2018 South American Championship in IP (3 ahead of Bogdan Leyton) and strikeouts (one ahead of Igor Kimura, his opponent in the finale) and was 3rd in ERA (behind 0.00s by Federico Schultze and José Flores). He was named the MVP.
- 2008 Baseball Almanac
- 2008 Rays Media Guide
- 2016 South American Championship Final Report
- Argentinian Baseball Federation