Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 12/17/11

Pedro Astacio was born in Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic, and wow does this guy have an incredible name to say. It’s like a combination of ass and pistachios. Anyway Pedro Julio Astacio came overseas in 1987 when he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Astacio was called up to the bigs in ’92 and went 5-5 with a 1.98 ERA. Out of those 5 wins he tossed 4 complete game shutouts…not to shabby for a rookie. He continued his success the next year and went 14-9 with a 3.57 ERA in his 31 starts. However in his next 2 seasons Astacio went slightly downhill and combined for a 15-16 record with an ERA topping out over 4. In ’96 he improved a bit, lowering his ERA back under 4, but he was still very inconsistent and was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Eric Young (a Vin Scully favorite) in 1997.

Pedro’s years with Colorado were kind of the beginning of the end of his career. He started off hot in ’97 going 5-1 , but he had a high ERA, although you can argue it’s a little weighted due to Coors Field. In his first full season with the Rockies Pedro was not so hot, he still had some trouble with his control, and managed to bean 17 batters, which was the highest in the league. On top of the slugging, Astacio also had a 6.23 ERA (how much can you blame on the altitude?) and a losing record of 13-14 that season. But in 1999 Astacio had his best year record wise, 17-11, and he had a WAR of 5.5, the highest of his career. He managed to do all this with a 5.04 ERA in 232 Innings. In 2000 he went 12-9, and still had a 5.27 ERA, and continued to struggle the next season (struggle means 6-13), so the Rockies shipped him off the that season in 2001 to the Houston Astros for Scott Elarton.

Pedro “Astro”cio went 2-1 in his 4 starts and lowered his era back down to 3.14 for the end of the year. Astacio somewhat proved himself again, and earned a contract with the New York Mets in 2002. In his first season in New York he was still out of control, and went 12-11 with a 4.79 ERA. You have to ask yourself, how much run support did this guy have over his career?!? Well, clearly not enough in 2003, Astacio recorded a 7.36 ERA. The next season Astacio ended up on the Red Sox and right when you thought he couldn’t do any worse, Pedro posted an astonishing 10.38 ERA. The Red Sox would have been just as good if they signed Dmitri Petrovich…

Somehow Astacio continued to get signed by multiple teams (Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals), and continued to respond with high ERA’s. Pedro Astacio never officially retired but his last game in the bigs was in 2005, I’m expecting a comeback anytime now.

Pedro Astacio finshed with a career record of 129-124, and an ERA of 4.67 in his 15 seasons. But regardless of his ERA, at the end of the day Pedro made $40,000,000 in the league according to baseball-reference.

-Schotz

 

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