Albaladejo was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 34th round (1,021st overall) of the 2000 amateur entry draft, but didn't sign. The following year he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round (564th overall), and signed on June 6, 2001.
He spent a number of years in the minors in the Pirates system as a starting pitcher, and then in 2005 was converted to a reliever.
On May 3, 2007 he was signed to a minor league contract by the Washington Nationals, and played most of the season at AA Harrisburg, compiling a 4.17 earned run average in 21 appearances. He moved up to AAA Columbus and finished the season extremely well, posting an ERA of 0.78 in 14 appearances. When rosters expanded in September, the Nationals, then leading the league in innings pitched by relievers, brought him up.
On September 4, 2007, Albaladejo made an auspicious debut. In the top of the third inning, in a game against the Florida Marlins, Tim Redding was injured by a batted ball and needed to be replaced. Albaladejo entered the game with two men on and one out, and allowed a ground ball (where an inherited runner scored) and a pop up. In the fourth inning, Albaladejo struck out the side, and then was relieved.
He made the Yankees' opening day roster, but only pitched in 9 games in the 2008 season because of an elbow injury suffered on May 9, 2008.
Albaladejo again made the Yankees' major league roster to start the season. After posting an earned run average of 6.00 in 18 appearances through May 22, he was optioned back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster for pitcher Chien-Ming Wang.
- ↑ September 5, 2007 Florida Marlins at Washington Nationals Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com
- ↑ Hoch, Bryan. "Clippard dealt to Nats for Albaladejo", 'MLB.com', December 4, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-12-03.
- ↑ "Yankees put Wang in bullpen", 'ESPN.com', May 22, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-05-22.