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Jason Jaramillo working to get back to majors

Former Oklahoma State player now a catcher with the RedHawks, but he hopes a call-up to Houston is in his future.
By Mike Baldwin Published: April 16, 2013

“We evaluate which minor league free agents we want to bring in,” Stearns said. “It's twofold. We look for guys we think can play and fill a need. But it's also guys we think can be a good influence wherever they end up, whether that's the big leagues or Triple-A.”

Because he's had major league experience, one of Jaramillo's roles will be to provide leadership.

“It has to be,” Jaramillo said. “Maybe somebody will give me another shot in the big leagues in part because of my experience and helping these young kids. That can play a big part.”

Last year was a whirlwind for the Jaramillo family.

One advantage to signing with the Astros is his wife is a Putnam City graduate who played soccer at OSU. Lisa is pregnant with their second child, due in July. Their son, Cruz, is 20 months old.

Their offseason home is in Racine, Wis., where Jaramillo grew up. After spending most of his career with two organizations last season, the family moved from Huntsville to Nashville to Sacramento.

“Baseball is not real kind to families. It's tough, rigorous,” Jaramillo said. “But I love the game. My wife has been very supportive. Being here, we'll have her family to help her after she has the baby and also have some familiar faces in the stands.”

Jaramillo's focus is to get back to the majors.

“I'm going to continue to play until they take the uniform away from me and God says that's it,” Jaramillo said. “I'm going to put everything I have into this year and years to come and pray there's more successful years ahead of me.

“I was humbled last year. I feel there are still a lot of years of big league baseball left in me. I'll just keeping working hard and see what happens.”