Jorge returns to the Bluefish for his second season in the Atlantic League and 17th of professional baseball. Last year, the former Major Leaguer was a spring training invitee of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization following a successful 2010 campaign with the Bluefish. However, the hurler suffered an arm injury early in camp and was forced to sit out the 2011 season.
Julio appeared in 55 games for the Bluefish in 2010, striking out 57 batters over the course of 55 innings of work. He finished second in the Atlantic League with 28 saves and ended the season with a stellar 1.15 ERA, the lowest single-season mark for a Bluefish pitcher (minimum 50 innings pitched). Jorge also held opposing batters to a .193 batting average and proved to be one of the best hurlers in the Atlantic League last year.
Over his nine-year big league career, the 33-year-old has also spent time with the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Cleveland Indians. He has recorded 17 wins and 99 saves over 453 appearances. Julio owns a 4.43 ERA with 448 strikeouts in 467 innings pitched, while holding opposing hitters to a .244 batting average. His best season in the Majors came in 2002 as a member of the Orioles. The righthander posted career-bests with a 1.99 ERA, five victories and 67 appearances, while recording 25 saves and 55 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched.
Jorge was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Montreal Expos on February 14, 1996.