Aaron Poreda

Aaron Anderman Poreda (born October 1, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently with Yomiuri Giants.

A first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2007 draft who threw a 97 mile-per-hour fastball, after the 2007 season, Baseball America named Poreda the White Sox minor leaguer who was closest to the major leagues. He began 2008 ranked by Baseball America as the White Sox organization's #1 prospect, and as having the best fastball. For the season, he ranked third in the organization in both ERA and strikeouts.

Poreda debuted in the major leagues at the age of 22 with the White Sox in June 2009. In July 2009, he was traded to the San Diego Padres. In December 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the Rule 5 draft. He underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2012, and missed all of the 2013 season while he was recovering. In October 2013, Poreda signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, who brought him up to the major leagues in April 2014.

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