|Born: February 1, 1980
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 1999 (Indians)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Luna worked his way steadily up through the Indians’ system as a shortstop prospect. Cleveland evidently wasn’t all that high on him and he got taken in the Rule 5 draft in two consecutive years. The second time he stuck with St. Louis and played well for the Cards for one season and parts of two others as a utility player. After that he bounced around, spending most of his time in AAA and not hitting as well again in the majors as he did with St. Louis. He started his career as a player who hit for average with sometimes-decent plate discipline but not much power, and who showed good speed. He eventually slowed down and became a corner utility player, but did add solid power starting in 2008-09.
Luna debuted in advanced rookie ball and didn’t hit much, although he did show some speed. At this point he was strictly a shortstop.
Spending half the season in low A, Luna improved his hitting some.
Luna hit well for a shortstop in high A, with moderate power. He also stole a lot of bases. The Indians did not put him on their 40-man roster and the Devil Rays selected him in the Rule 5 draft. He didn’t make their roster out of spring training, though, and they returned him to the Indians.
Luna hit for average and got on base well in high AA, but the power he’d shown the previous year disappeared. The Indians again didn’t protect him from the Rule 5 draft and the Cardinals selected him.
The Cards kept Luna in the majors all year as a utility player. He saw time at second, third, short and in the outfield, and hit respectably despite not having played higher than AA in the minors.
Luna opened the season in St. Louis, but the Cards sent him to AAA at the end of April and he played mostly second there until late June, when he returned to his utility role with the Cards. He didn’t hit much at all in AAA, but hit well after the Cards brought him back to the majors.
Luna spent the first four months of the season with St. Louis and got semi-regular playing time. About half his appearances came at second, but he also played third, short, first and left. He hit well, with decent power and very good plate discipline. He didn’t hit quite as well with the Indians after a late July trade, mainly because his plate discipline went south. He played mostly second with Cleveland but also saw time at short.
Cleveland sent Luna to AAA to start the season. He played primarily short and didn’t hit much. The Indians designated him for assignment in late July and Toronto claimed him. He alternated between AAA and the majors in August, then spent the last three weeks of the season with the Jays.
Toronto sent Luna to AAA for nearly the entire season. They called him up for two games in May, then outrighted him off the 40-man roster. In AAA, he played mainly third, with some time at short and first. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Dodgers.
Luna spent his time with the Dodgers in the minors, except for some time he missed due to injury. He made the transition to the infield corners, dividing nearly all his time between first and third. He put up big hitting numbers in the favorable environment of Albuquerque. After the season he signed with the Marlins.
Luna played mainly third with the Marlins in AAA. He put up more realistic numbers in New Orleans, but showed the increase in power was real. The Marlins called him up at the end of July and he served mainly as a pinch hitter the rest of the season, without hitting much at all. Florida removed him from the roster after the season and he became a free agent.
After signing with Boston, Luna spent the year in AAA. He played mainly third and had a solid year offensively.
Luna signed with the Phillies and opened the season in AAA, where he played mainly third, but he got called up in mid-May when the Phillies were swamped with injuries. Surprisingly, he had an option left and the Phillies optioned him back to AAA at the beginning of July. They brought him back up briefly in mid-August, then sent him back to AAA and released him at the end of August. The Pirates signed him at the end of the AAA season to provide some help in the playoffs. The signing allowed them to promote some players to the majors when rosters expanded.
Luna’s stay in the Pirates’ system will probably end up being limited to four regular season and four playoff games. He’ll be a free agent again in the off-season.
2012: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2000
MLB Debut: 4/8/2004
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: 2015
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: December 16, 2002
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2005, 2008, 2012)
MLB Service Time: 3.076
|February 2, 1999: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent.
December 16, 2002: Selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft.
April 2, 2003: Returned by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Cleveland Indians.
December 15, 2003: Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft.
July 30, 2006: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cleveland Indians for Ronnie Belliard.
July 27, 2007: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
August 3, 2007: Selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cleveland Indians.
June 5, 2008: Outrighted to AAA by the Toronto Blue Jays.
October 9, 2008: Became a free agent.
December 6, 2008: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
November 9, 2009: Became a free agent.
November 30, 2009: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Florida Marlins.
July 30, 2010: Called up by the Florida Marlins.
October 6, 2010: Outrighted to AAA by the Florida Marlins.
October 15, 2010: Became a free agent.
January 3, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Boston Red Sox.
November 2, 2011: Became a free agent.
December 21, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Philadelphia Philles.
May 11, 2012: Called up by the Philadelphia Phillies.
August 30, 2012: Released by the Philadelphia Phillies.
August 31, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.