Juan returns to the Bluefish for his second season in the Atlantic League and 16th of professional baseball. Before coming to the Park City this year, the former Major Leaguer spent time with Triple-A Salt Lake of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. In 17 appearances (three starts), he compiled a 3.12 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 26 innings of work.
The 33-year-old impressed during his Atlantic League debut with the ‘Fish last season. In 42 games, the reliever posted a 2-1 record with a 2.98 ERA, 23 saves and 51 punchouts over the course of 45 innings pitched.
The reliever has spent 10 seasons in the Big Leagues, making his debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and his final appearance in The Show coming in 2010 with the Colorado Rockies. He was an important member of the Twins bullpen during the mid 2000’s with his best season coming in 2004. The 32-year-old posted a 2.63 ERA in 82 innings pitched with personal-bests in wins (11), appearances (77) and strikeouts (106). Rincon owns a 35-29 career Major League record with a 4.03 ERA and 469 strikeouts in 444 appearances.
Juan was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Twins in 1996.