Pablo Felix Peguero Echavarria
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.
Pablo Peguero had two full seasons and two partial seasons at AAA yet never made the majors. He later became a prominent scout and executive.
Peguero debuted in 1973 with the Bellingham Dodgers, hitting .186/.256/.250 as their main catcher. He improved in 1974 with the Orangeburg Dodgers, with a .247/.287/.294 batting line. In 1975, Peguero split time between the Danville Dodgers (.294/.354/.364 in 46 G) and Albuquerque Dukes (.172/.213/.190 in 21 G). With the 1976 Lodi Dodgers, Peguero batted .227/.268/.276. Back with Lodi a year later, his offense remained anemic (.207/.227/.323 in 48 G) and he made 10 errors while backing up Brad Gulden.
In 1978, Peguero backed up Gulden with the Dukes, hitting .281/.307/.365 in 36 games. The next year, he was at .226/.259/.302 while again serving as Albuquerque's #2 backstop, this time behind Mike Scioscia. He ended his career in 1980 with Lodi (0 for 6, BB) and Albuquerque (1 for 11). Overall, Peguero had hit .230/.273/.296 in 381 games as a pro, fielding .970.
The former catcher became a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers (for whom he had spent his whole playing career) in 1984, a role he would hold for many years. He signed a slew of players, including: Adrián Beltre, Raul Mondesi, Wilton Guerrero, Francisco Cruceta, Franquelis Osoria, Tony Abreu, Joselo Diaz, Juan Diaz, Joel Guzmán, Josue Perez, Ramon Troncoso, Elian Herrera, Mario Álvarez and Jose Casilla. The signing of Beltre got him into trouble, as Beltre was only 15; Bud Selig suspended Peguero for a year after that scandal. In 2004, he moved to the San Francisco Giants as Director of their Dominican Republic Operations. With the Giants, he signed Francisco Peguero, Angel Villalona, Henry Sosa and Waldis Joaquin.
Peguero also has been General Manager of the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican League and was GM of the Dominican national team for the 1999 Pan American Games. His son Felix Peguero played briefly in the minors then served as Pablo's assistant with the Giants.