damien magnifico

Player: Magnifico, Damien

Card: 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Prospects #149 (Autographed)

Position: RHP

Damien Jack Magnifico (born May 24, 1991 in Dallas, Texas) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Magnifico attended Howard College to play college baseball. Prior to the 2012 season, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners. After one year at Oklahoma, Magnifico was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed with the Brewers and made his professional debut with the Helena Brewers.

He spent 2013 with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Brevard County Manatees, 2014 with Brevard County and 2015 with the Biloxi Shuckers. The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster after the season. Damien was promoted to the major leagues on August 16 and made his debut that day.

Magnifico was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on April 13, 2017, but was designated for assignment on May 2. On May 6, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for minor leaguer Jordan Kipper. On June 3, 2017, Magnifico was called up and made his Angels debut. The Angels outrighted him to the minor leagues in August. That would be his last MLB appearance.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Magnifico from the Angels in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft after the 2017 season, and on January 18, 2019, he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Damien was released by the Diamondbacks organization on May 22, 2020. On April 1, 2021, he announced his retirement from professional baseball via Twitter at @D_Magno32

His fastballs frequently topped 100 mph – watch Damien throw a 102 mph pitch on YouTube.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

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