Johnny Cueto, Starting Pitcher, San Francisco Giants, #47
Date of Birth: 2/15/1986
Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Johnny Cueto, starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, started his professional career in 2005 in the Cincinnati Reds' minor league system. He pitched in the minors for three seasons before being called up to the Reds in 2008. He had a strong season in the minors in 2007, finishing the season with a 3.07 ERA and a 12-9 win-loss record.
Cueto had a 4.81 ERA with a 9-14 record in 31 games in 2008, his first season in the major leagues. The next year, he spent time on the DL, playing in 24 games with the Reds. He had a 9-5 record with a career low 2.31 ERA in 2011.
Cueto had a strong season in 2012 when he had a 2.78 ERA with 19 wins to 9 losses and 170 strikeouts to 49 walks in 217.0 innings pitched in 33 games. The next season he suffered from injuries and he pitched in just 11 games in 2013.
Cueto came back strong from his injuries, having his best season to date in 2014. He had a career low ERA of 2.25 and career highs in games played (34), innings pitched (243.2), wins (20 to 9 losses), and strikeouts (242 to 65 walks).
Cueto was traded to the Kansas City Royals on July 26, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with an 11-13 record, 176 strikeouts to 46 walks, and a 3.44 ERA in 212.0 innings in 19 games with the Reds and 13 games with the Royals. In postseason play, he pitched 25.0 innings and he gave up 17 hits, including 3 home runs, and 15 runs in 4 games. He struck out 19 batters and walked 10.
Cueto signed a six-year, $130 million contract with the Giants on December 14, 2015. He had a strong first season with the Giants in 2016, finishing with a 2.79 ERA, 18 wins to 5 losses, and 198 strikeouts to 45 walks in 219.2 innings in 32 games. In the postseason, he had a 1.13 ERA in one game. He pitched 8.0 innings and he gave up just 3 hits and 1 run.
In 2017, Cueto had a 4.52 ERA in 25 games. He finished the season with 8 wins and 8 losses and 136 strikeouts to 53 walks in 147.1 innings.
Statistics for Cueto in nine seasons (2008-2017) in the major leagues include:
- 7 seasons with 30 or more games, with a high of 34 in 2014
- 5 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 242 in 2014
- 5 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 2.25 in 2014
Career pitching statistics for Cueto through 2017 include:
- 283 games played
- 1,787.1 innings pitched
- 122-83 win-loss record
- 1,505 strikeouts to 508 walks
- 3.33 ERA