Buddy Baumann

Position: LHP
Born: 12/9/1987
Height: 5'10
Weight: 175
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent December 21, 2015 (SDP). Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 13 games at El Paso (Triple-A), striking out 17 and walking eight while scattering nine hits in 17 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from El Paso (Triple-A) July 15 to fill the spot left vacant when LHP Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
MLB Debut Date: 7/16/2016

Debut Details
July 16, in a 7-6, 10-inning win over the San Francisco Giants. The second of seven Padres pitchers on the night, Baumann threw just one pitch and it was all he needed. Coming on in relief of starter Luis Perdomo with two outs in the fifth, a 5-3 lead and Buster Posey standing on second base after a double, the first – and thus far only – batter he faced, Brandon Crawford, grounded out to first base to end the threat.

Player Notes
Yup, after more than seven years in the minors, Baumann’s official debut – and first trip to the majors — lasted the entire length of one pitch. But it was a good pitch. Now, after being optioned back to El Paso the next day to make room for Edwin Jackson on the active roster, we all have to click our heels together three times and wish that Baumann comes back to the big leagues soon (he’s certainly earned it) so that he does not become the Moonlight Graham of pitchers. After spending the entirety of his pro career – seven years of entirety! — as a member of the Royals’ farm system, he posted a combined 3.17 ERA in those seven pro seasons, going 3-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 34 games at Omaha (Triple-A) in 2015, six of those starts, and striking out 84 in 77 innings, walking 25 and allowing 65 hits. His ability to start or relieve gives the club some flexibility. His debut actually could have come a lot earlier than this (well, a lot earlier in the 2016 season, at least). He seemed to be a lock for the Padres’ bullpen at spring training before being felled by back spasms shortly before the season began, and he spent the first three months of the year on the 60-day DL. When activated on July 1, he was added to the 40-man roster and his call-up came after he got a few innings in, showing the same dominance at El Paso that he’d flashed in Arizona. Oh, and also? This, from reporter Rance Burger of the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. You gotta love it.