If you are a fan of Major League Baseball or the sport of golf, you might have heard of Brayan Villarreal. The Venezuelan professional ballplayer may be a relative of the late great pitcher, Miguel Cabrera, but he is no slouch in his own right. One might think that his size and stature would be a disadvantage, but it hasn’t kept him from making his mark in the world of professional baseball. His net worth is estimated at approximately one million dollars, based on various online sources.
A professional pitcher since 2006, Brayan Villarreal began his professional career in the Detroit Tigers organization and has since climbed the minor league ladder. As of March 2013, he had appeared in seven games for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. In fact, he was ranked among the top 20 prospects by Baseball America. Despite having a rough year in 2014, the Detroit organization still believes that the lanky right-hander has a bright future as a bullpen arm. While he has yet to make a big league appearance, he did display the ability to get ahead of hitters and keep walks in check.
On the subject of bullpens, it was not hard to see why the Red Sox traded Avisail Garcia to the Boston Red Sox in the offseason. They did so in order to make room for Grady Sizemore. It’s not clear whether the team is ready to turn to the newest member of their pen staff, but with a solid spring training under his belt, it’s possible he could be on his way to the Bigs by next season. Considering that he has a surprisingly effective mid-90s fastball, a good slider and a stout changeup, he should have no problem keeping hitters at bay.
While the title of this article might be taken to mean that he was a lucky winner of a free agent contract, he has a number of teams interested in putting the ball through his apron. However, he might have to settle for one of the two teams that are willing to give him a shot. Luckily for him, he isn’t too far off from his original contract, which means he could be a free agent soon enough. Until then, he’ll have to settle for the good old standby, the minor leagues.
The other major novelty of the 2013 season was the trade of the star player, Avisail Garcia, who landed on the Boston Red Sox’s doorstep after being cut by the Houston Astros. Despite the departure of Garcia, the Red Sox traded for other major leaguers in the form of RHP Rafael Villarreal and SP Jose Iglesias. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure which team is going to pick him, but given the fact that he is coming off a rough season, it’s a definite possibility. With that said, it’s time for him to show his stuff.
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The aforementioned “moment of truth” may not have happened, but it did happen for Rafael Villarreal. A strong start to the year was followed by a dreadful slump, and he eventually got the short end of the stick. As a result, he was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on January 22.