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62 Al Alburquerque RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 6/10/1986 | Birthplace: San Pedro De Macoris, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $500,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/2 | Average Draft Position: 276.00
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Al Alburquerque picks up win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque earned a win Friday, striking out two in 1 2/3 perfect innings in his team's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Alburquerque (3-1) entered the game with two on and one out in the seventh inning and retired five straight batters through the end of the eighth before his offense came back to take the lead in the ninth. He owns a 3.12 ERA and 47:13 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.


Al Alburquerque records second win Tuesday vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque needed just nine pitches to record three outs in the seventh inning Tuesday to earn his second win in his team's 6-5 victory over the A's.

Alburquerque (2-1) was summoned into the bottom seventh inning after another reliever walked the leadoff batter, and he managed three quick outs before his team took the lead in the top of the eighth. Alburquerque owns a 3.38 ERA and 26:6 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings.


Al Alburquerque takes loss Monday on walkoff home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque was saddled with a loss Monday after serving up a walkoff home run in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Indians.

Alburquerque (1-1) managed a groundout and strikeout in the 10th inning before Indians outfielder Michael Brantley sent everyone home with a solo home run. The Tigers reliever owns a 4.00 ERA and 23:4 K:BB ratio in 18 innings.


Al Alburquerque one of Tigers' most 'consistent' relievers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has opened the season without issuing a walk in seven straight appearances, which is the longest stretch of his career without issuing a walk.

"He's throwing strikes. He's probably been our most consistent guy out of the 'pen right now," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "For a lot of the statistics over 11 games, I'm not ready to jump on any bandwagon. It's just too early. I hope he continues to throw the way he's throwing, and I hope he doesn't walk a guy all season. I hope he extends his streak, but 11 games in, jumping on any statistical bandwagon can be a little bit misguided. It's not really enough of a sample."


Al Alburquerque picks up one-out save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque recorded his first save of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers, and it came in a pretty easy situation.

Though Albuquerque was pitching with the go-ahead run on first, he needed to record just one out to close out the game, with Ian Krol handling the first two outs. He induced an easy groundout off the bat of Matt Kempt, earning the save with just four pitches thrown, in a 7-6 win in 10 innings.

Alburquerque has appeared in five games this season, allowing two runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Wednesday was the first save of his career.  


Tigers want Al Alburquerque to throw more fastballs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said reliever Al Alburquerque needs to start throwing more fastballs, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Part of the problem is his slider is so good," Jones said in an interview with 97.1 The Ticket last week. "If you have a pitch nobody can hit, it’s difficult not to throw it every time the catcher puts the signal down."

According to FanGraphs.com, Alburquerque ranked among the lowest in the AL in throwing his fastball at 35.2 percent. He ranked second in the league among pitchers with at least 40 innings in throwing his slider, throwing it 64.8 percent of the time.

Jones said the Tigers spoke with Alburquerque last season about using his fastball more and will do so again this spring.

"Sometimes when guys have a pitch as good as his slider is, they don’t want to throw anything but it," he said. "Because they know the majority of the time the hitters aren’t going to hit it."


Al Alburquerque avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque avoided arbitration with the club.

Alburquerque is set to receive $837,500 next season. He posted a 4.59 ERA through 49 innings last year.


Al Alburquerque improved, but needs consistency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque fired two straight scoreless appearances Friday and Saturday after being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Unfortunately, he issued three walks in two innings and manager Jim Leyland said consistency remains an issue for the right-handed reliever.

"The slider has been better ... the slider last night was OK," Leyland said Sunday, per the Detroit Free Press. "But it was a little bit of a different-looking slider at times, and at times it was real good. It’s just a matter of consistency. I think he’ll be fine."


Al Alburquerque called up


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has been recalled Friday.

Alburquerque had a 3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings in the majors, but was sent down to work on his command. Alburquerque had the exact same 3.14 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in the minors. He'll replace Jose Valverde, who was designated for assignment. 


Al Alburquerque optioned to work on command


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) The Tigers optioned reliever Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo late Wednesday after manager Jim Leyland said the right-hander has been "struggling with his control." Alburquerque has allowed a run in each of his last three outings, while walking nine batters in his last six appearances (5 1/3 innings).

Al Alburquerque shakes off hip issue


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2013) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque made his first appearance since Wednesday in Sunday's series finale against the Braves. After missing time due to a hip injury, he entered in the eighth inning with a five-run lead.

The right-hander made it through his first frame unscathed but put the first two men on in the ninth before being pulled for closer Jose Valverde.

Valverde was able to strand the runners and secure the 8-3 win.

Alburquerque struck out three and walked two while lowering his ERA to 1.54.

Al Alburquerque dealing with hip injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2013) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque labored through the latter part of his outing Wednesday against the Royals because of a hip injury. Alburquerque threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his fourth hold, but he left the game in the seventh after his hip tightened up

"I was real suspicious when I saw him throwing to the last batter," manager Jim Leyland told MLive.com. 

Alburquerque said he "felt something pinching me in the groin" on his right side but he doesn't expect it to develop into a "serious" problem.

"He got a knot in his hip. Fortunately, it's nothing with his arm," Leyland said. "I don't expect it to be anything. We're very fortunate."

Alburquerque said Thursday he feels he can pitch, but it seems unlikely Leyland will force the issue, reports MLB.com. Alburquerque has been one of the Tigers' top bullpen arms with a 1.69 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 10 2/3 innings. He also has 18 strikeouts.


Tigers' bullpen racks up 11 Ks in loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2013) Tigers pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Angels, with 11 coming from relievers Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke. It's the most strikeouts for the Tigers' bullpen since it had 13 in an extra-inning game in Cleveland two years ago, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Al Alburquerque nets third hold


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2013) Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque was needed for only an out of Tuesday's 7-3 win against the Blue Jays. But he earned his third hold after getting Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a fielder's choice.

Alburquerque has made four appearances and hasn't surrendered a run in 2 1/3 innings. He's allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out three.


Members of Tigers' closer committee among most added players


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2013) Detroit’s decision to mix and match relief pitchers instead of sticking with a “true” closer has members of the Tigers’ bullpen popping up in our latest Roster Trends. Phil Coke is currently the eighth most added player heading into next week, sporting a 16 percent increase, after he recorded his first save of the season Monday against Minnesota.

A little further down the list are Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburquerque, who both saw their ownership percentage double for next week’s Fantasy rosters. Watch Nando Di Fino, Scott White and Al Melchior discuss Roster Trends live Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. ET on Fantasy Baseball Today


Holding out hope for Al Alburquerque


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/28/2013) After already declaring Phil Coke the most obvious of the Tigers' closer candidates and Joaquin Benoit the one I'd most prefer to own, I'm not about to declare Al Alburquerque the next great out-of-nowhere closer in Fantasy, but I acknowledge he could be.

He's probably the most talented pitcher in the Tigers' bullpen. He's had some injuries, but his ratios are off the charts. In 49 career innings, he's allowed 4.3 hits and 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings, putting him about on the level of Aroldis Chapman last year.

I just think a manager like Jim Leyland would turn to veterans like Coke, Benoit and even Octavio Dotel before resorting to Alburquerque.


Al Alburquerque a sleeper for saves?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) The Tigers announced Thursday they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland will mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler suggests Al Alburquerque could be an option to close games.

Alburquerque was limited to eight relief appearances last season because he was coming off elbow surgery. However, he was quite effective, allowing one run in 13 1/3 innings. He also struck out 18. The right-handed reliever is 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 49 career outings in the majors.

He has no saves in his young career, but he's striking out 13.5 batters per nine innings. Alburquerque also has 18 strikeouts in 12 innings this spring.


Tigers to use closer committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) With the shocking announcement Thursday of Bruce Rondon being demoted to Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers will open the season with a closer-by-committe approach. General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland will mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. While no particular names have been mentioned, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler suggests Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel and Al Alburquerque are all possibilities to get save opportunities.

Alburquerque back with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) MLive.com reports the Tigers recalled reliever Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo Sunday. "The last report was that, the last time out, he threw as good as he did at any time last year," manager Jim Leyland said. "He'll be another option for us in the bullpen."