Javier Jaime Delahoya
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 182 lb.
- High School Grant High School
Javier Delahoya pitched 17 seasons in professional baseball, including ten in AAA, but never made the majors.
Delahoya was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 1989 amateur draft, one round after they took Phil Nevin. Unlike Nevin, Javier signed with the Dodgers. He had a great pro debut with the 1989 GCL Dodgers, going 4-3 with a 1.46 ERA. In 55 1/3 innings, he allowed only 28 hits while whiffing 70. He finished third in the Gulf Coast League in ERA, only .03 off the pace. Baseball America ranked him as the league's #3 prospect behind Sterling Hitchcock and Andy Fox and just ahead of Butch Huskey.
The Mexican-born right-hander was not as good in 1990, split between the Yakima Bears (3-5, 4.46), Vero Beach Dodgers (1-2, 5.57) and Bakersfield Dodgers (4-1, 5.95). Javier was 6-4 with two saves and a 3.67 ERA for Bakersfield in '91, striking out 102 in 98 innings. He was actually one of the club's second-rate starters as they possessed Pedro Martinez, Greg Hansell and Mark Mimbs.
Delahoya split 1992 between Vero Beach (4-5, 2.81) and the San Antonio Missions (2-1, 2.84), overall fanning 116 in 105 1/3 innings pitched. In 1993, he went 8-10 with a 3.66 ERA for the Missions, finishing 8th in the Texas League in ERA.
Waived by the Dodgers, he was claimed by the Florida Marlins. The 24-year-old was 4-3 with a 2.52 ERA for the Brevard County Manatees and 0-7 with two saves and a 6.48 ERA for the Portland Sea Dogs. In '95, he was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in brief action with Brevard County.
Signing with the independent Bend Bandits, Javier allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in 1996. He also was 4-4 with a 3.05 ERA that season for the Minatitlan Petroleros, his first season in the country of his birth, Mexico. He split 1998 between the Wei Chuan Dragons (1-1, 3.81), Cafeteros de Cordoba (0-3, 8.71, 34 H in 20 2/3 IP) and Bowie Baysox (4-1, 3.82).
In 1999, the Durango native was with Bowie (9-1, 3.36) and the Rochester Red Wings (4-3, 5.09). He tied Matt Riley for the most wins by a Baltimore Orioles farmhand. Delahoya had a 7-6, 4.29 record for the 2000 Red Wings. He was co-MVP of the 2000 AAA All-Star Game, throwing two perfect innings for the International League. He shared the MVP with the Pacific Coast League's Joe Vitiello.
Delahoya returned to Mexico for a third stint in 2001, going 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA for the Saraperos de Saltillo, walking only 23 in 98 1/3 IP. For the 2002 Saraperos, Javier was 11-3 with a 2.84 ERA. He tied Roberto Ramirez for 8th in the Mexican League in ERA. The next season, the veteran hurler turned in a 5-4, 3.70 record between the Veracruz Eagle and Campeche Pirates.
In 2004, Delahoya's 15th season, he was 3-3 with a 3.30 ERA for Campeche. He struggled for the 2005 Pirates (1-4, 6.82) and was 3-4 with a 4.65 ERA for the same club in 2006 to end his long career.