PRODcast 162′s Old School Player of the Week: Bartolomé Fortunato
Bartolomé Fortunato, or “Fortunate Bartholomew”, was a Dominican outfielder-turned-pitcher who spent two seasons in the bigs with the Rays and Mets. In those two seasons (separated by a 2005 on the shelf with a herniated disc), he pitched in 20 games, gave up 20 earned runs, walked 17 batters, gave up 5 dingers, posted an ERA+ of 72 and a WAR of -0.2. He also finished his MLB career with a 2-0 record because pitcher wins are dumb as shit.
Fortunate Bart is probably best known for being a part of the extremely Mets trade that sent then-prospect Scott Kazmir to the Rays for him and Victor Zambrano.
Bart latched on with the Giants organization in 2008, but unfortunately (SWIDT?) he was horrendous at AAA Fresno, and spent the next three years or so wandering through Independent ball, the Mexican league, and the Dominican Winter league. According to his Wikipedia page, he is single and living in the Dominican now, so …