Friday, September 13, 2013

Juan Querecuto, Extra Innings - 3453

Juan Querecuto's Edinburg Roadrunner teammates helped put the game into extra innings, Querecuto then helped end it.

In the bottom of the 11th of this July 2002 contest against Amarillo, Querecuto sent a Amarillo pitch over the wall, according to The Amarillo Globe-News, for a walk-off home run.

Querecuto also hit that home run in what could be considered his own career's extra innings. Querecuto spent five seasons in the minors before not being recorded as playing for four seasons.

When he returned, Querecuto was in independent ball, and playing in another four campaigns.

Querecuto's career began in 1989, signed by the Blue Jays out of his native Venezuela.

With the Blue Jays, Querecuto first hit the field in 1990, with short-season St. Catharines. He got into just nine games, going 4 for 20.

He isn't recorded as playing in 1991, returning to St. Catharines for both 1992 and 1993. He hit .274 his second year there.

Querecuto moved to high-A Dunedin for 1994 and stayed there for 1995. His average in 1995 dropped to .179 over 53 games. It was his final year in the Blue Jays system.

Querecuto then isn't recorded as playing again for the next four seasons. He then is credited as returning in 2000, with Rio Grande Valley in the independent Texas-Louisiana League.

That August, Querecuto scored on a double. He also stole six bases on the year, one in another game against Amarillo. Overall, he hit .326 on the year.

Querecuto moved to Edinburg for the next two seasons, hitting .276 his first year there and .284 the next. In the 2001 playoffs, Querecuto hit a double to lock up the league title. Querecuto then played his final season in 2003 between Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend.

Querecuto's son Juniel Querecuto went on to his own career in the minors, according to RaysColoredGlasses.com. Juniel Querecuto is credited as playing three seasons, from 2010 to 2012 in the Rays system.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,280
Made the Majors: 705 - 55.1%
Never Made Majors: 575-44.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 304
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 181-X

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