2006 - 2007
Oscar Villarreal
Oscar Eduardo Villarreal was born in Nuevo San Nicolas de los Garza, Nueveo León, Mexico on November 22, 1981. Oscar graduated from Prepa High School in 1998, and was singed by the Arizona Diamondbacks that same year as an amateur free agent. Villarreal made his major league debut March 30, 2003 with the Diamondbacks. That year Villarreal led the MLB rookies in games pitched (86) and ERA (2.57). Oscar was plagued by many injuries over the next few years. After making it back to the majors in 2005, he didn't get a win till September 25; this was his first major league win since September 17, 2003. December of 2005 Villarreal was traded to the Braves along with fellow pitcher Lance Cormier.
Braves Career Highlights
2006: The versatile right-hander posted a 3.63 ERA in 54 relief appearances, and went 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in his four starts. His valued use as a long reliever enabled him to rank fourth on the team with 94 innings. In his final 14 innings, he didn't allow a run and surrendered nine hits.
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