Jesus Modica has signed a one-year deal that will keep him in the Detroit Motorheads bullpen for 2018, it has been announced today.
“Pincho”, as he is known around the league, signed with the club in November of 2016, when it was still known as the Chicoutimi Cinquantes before their 2017 relocation, after seven-and-a-half seasons in Kingston.
With Detroit, he was 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA, through 31.2 innings in 22 relief appearances. He also ticked a save and held opposing hitters to just 3 walks all season, building a reputation as notoriously stingy with giving up free bases in his first season as a reliever since 2008.
The Detroit/Chicoutimi organization is one he knows well, as he was scouted out of Venezuela by the club in 2001, spending several years waiting for a chance to break into their minor leagues before being traded to California in 2005. He next joined a five-player trade that saw him shipped off to Denver the following year.
In his second year playing for the then-Denver Highlanders, he found himself traded again, this time to Kingston, where he finished out 2008 as a reliever and then became a starter the following season, going 4-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 13 starts.
He left Kingston with a 41-34 record, and appears 4th on that teams’ all-time career wins list, and, less gloriously, at the top of the all-time home runs allowed list, with 103 career long balls given up.
The 32-year-old Pincho will now play out a second season with the Motorheads for $2.36 million.