|San Diego Padres – No. 72|
|Born: November 9, 1992|
|June 19, 2021, for the San Diego Padres|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 24, 2021)
|Earned run average||9.00|
Daniel Ricardo Camarena (born November 9, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 20th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. Listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and 210 pounds (95 kg), he throws and bats left-handed. Camarena spent a day on the Yankees' active roster in 2019, but did not appear in a game, earning him the distinction of being a "phantom ballplayer". He remained a phantom ballplayer until he made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2021. On July 8, 2021, he became the first relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since 1985, and the first pitcher since 1898 to do so on his first hit.
New York Yankees
Camarena was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 20th round, 629th overall, of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft out of Cathedral Catholic High School. On August 16, 2011, Camarena signed with the Yankees over slot value, signing for $335K.
On July 6, 2019, Camarena was selected to the 40-man roster and promoted to the major leagues for the first time. However, he was optioned to Triple-A the next day without appearing in a game. On August 13, 2019, Camarena was released by the Yankees organization.
San Diego Padres
On February 13, 2020, Camarena signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres organization. He did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 19, 2020, Camarena was added to the Padres’ 60-man player pool for the pandemic-shortened season, but spent the year at the alternate training site without making an MLB appearance. He was assigned to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas to begin the 2021 season.
Camerena was named the Triple-A West pitcher of the week for the week of June 7–13, 2021. On June 18, the Padres' added Camarena to their taxi squad. The next day, he was selected to the active roster. He made his MLB debut that day against the Cincinnati Reds, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing 3 earned runs. In the game, he also notched his first career strikeout, punching out Reds infielder Mike Freeman.
On July 8, 2021, Camarena hit a grand slam off Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, sparking a comeback from an 2-8 deficit which resulted in a 9-8 win for the Padres. This made Camarena the first MLB relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since Don Robinson in 1985, and the first pitcher to hit a grand slam for his first career hit since Bill Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1898, and the second Padres pitcher since Mike Corkins who hit one off the Reds in 1970.
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