Emilio Pagán

Emilio Enrique Pagán (born May 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres.

Emilio Pagán
Pagán with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019
Minnesota Twins – No. 15
Born: (1991-05-07) May 7, 1991
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 2017, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record17–16
Earned run average3.86

Amateur career

Pagán attended J. L. Mann High School in Greenville, South Carolina, and played college baseball at Belmont Abbey College. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Professional career

Seattle Mariners

After signing with the Mariners, Pagán made his professional debut that year with the Pulaski Mariners. He was promoted to the Everett AquaSox in August. In 26.1 relief innings pitched between the two teams he was 1–1 with a 1.03 ERA and 35 strikeouts. In 2014, he pitched for the Clinton LumberKings where he compiled a 2–3 record and 2.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances, and in 2015, he played with the Bakersfield Blaze where he pitched to a 3–8 record and 2.53 ERA. Pagán spent 2016 with the Jackson Generals and Tacoma Rainers, compiling a combined 5–3 record and 2.49 ERA in 65 innings pitched out of the bullpen.

Pagán was on Puerto Rico's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[2] He began the season with Tacoma and was promoted to the major leagues on May 2. On May 3, 2017, he made his major league debut for the Mariners against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field. He was sent down and recalled multiple times during the season before he was recalled for the remainder of the season on July 7. In 34 relief appearances for Seattle, he was 2–3 with a 3.22 ERA, and in 23 appearances for Tacoma, he was 2–1 with a 2.56 ERA.[3]

Oakland Athletics

On November 15, 2017, Pagán was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with Alexander Campos, for Ryon Healy.[4] He began the season with Oakland, but was sent down to the Nashville Sounds on May 2. He was recalled back to Oakland on May 18.

Tampa Bay Rays

On December 21, 2018, the Athletics traded Pagán to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three team deal in which the Rays also acquired Rollie Lacy and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 MLB draft, the Athletics acquired Jurickson Profar, and the Texas Rangers acquired Brock Burke, Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, Eli White, and $750,000 of international signing bonus pool space.[5]

In 2019, after an impressive spring training, Pagán was sent to the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He was recalled on April 16, after Blake Snell fractured his toe. On April 19, Pagán was optioned to Durham when Casey Sadler was recalled,[6] then Pagán was recalled two days later.[7] Pagán later on became the team's closer and finished the season recording 20 saves. He finished with a 2.31 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 70 innings.

San Diego Padres

On February 8, 2020, the Rays traded Pagán to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Manuel Margot and Logan Driscoll.[8] Through August 20, 2020, Pagán had blown 4 saves and pitched to a 7.36 ERA, but after that point he recorded 10 out of 11 scoreless innings, only surrendering 2 runs with a 1.64 ERA to finish the season.[9]

Minnesota Twins

On April 7, 2022, the Padres traded Pagán, Chris Paddack, and a player to be named later, later announced as pitcher Brayan Medina, to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Taylor Rogers, Brent Rooker, and cash considerations.[10] For the 2022 season, Pagan went 4-6, while recording a 4.43 ERA with 84 strikeouts across 63 innings pitched. He also recorded 9 saves.

On January 13, 2023, Pagán agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Twins, avoiding salary arbitration.[11]


  1. Emilio Pagan Selected By Seattle Mariners In Tenth Round Of Major League Baseball Draft
  2. "Young stars join Beltran, Yadi for Puerto Rico". MLB.com. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. "Emilio Pagan Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  4. Johns, Greg (November 15, 2017). "Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's". MLB.com. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. "Rangers deal Profar to A's in 3-team trade". Texas Rangers. December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. "Rays' Casey Sadler: Contract selected by Rays". CBS Sports. April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  7. "Rays Roster & Staff – Transactions". MLB.com. April 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  8. Toribo, Juan (February 9, 2020). "Rays land Margot, prospect from SD for Pagán". mlb.com. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  9. "Padres: Emilio Pagan remains an important part of bullpen". 14 January 2021.
  10. Park, Do-Hyoung (April 7, 2022). "Twins get Paddack, Pagán from Padres for Rogers, Rooker". MLB.com. MLB. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  11. "2023 MLB Arbitration Tracker". MLBTradeRumors. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
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