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I don't think he was an Espada before being promoted to #8, and I'm pretty sure his Numeros number has never been mentioned.

Edit: In the flashback that shows Nnoitra removing Nel from Las Noches with Szayel Aporro's assistance, he states that Szayel is no longer an espada. The rank is not mentioned, though. So he loses his status as an espada for an indeterminate period of time - however he has regained it by the time Ichigo and co invade Hueco Mundo.

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