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Brooks Casey Pounders (born September 26, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Pounders in the second round of the 2009 MLB draft. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets.

Brooks Pounders
Brooks Pounders on May 10, 2016.jpg
Pounders pitching for the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2016
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1990-09-26) September 26, 1990 (age 29)
Riverside, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 5, 2016, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through June 29, 2019)
Win–loss record4–2
Earned run average8.47
Strikeouts47
Teams

CareerEdit

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

Pounders graduated from Temecula Valley High School in Temecula, California. As a junior, Pounders committed to play college baseball for the USC Trojans.[1] The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Pounders in the second round of the 2009 MLB draft.

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

After the 2011 season, the Pirates traded Pounders and Diego Goris to the Kansas City Royals for Yamaico Navarro.[2][3] Pounders underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2013 season, and missed the 2014 season while rehabilitating. He missed the first half of the 2015 season after tearing a latissimus dorsi muscle.[2]

The Royals promoted Pounders to the major leagues from the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on July 5, 2016,[4] and he pitched in relief that night against the Toronto Blue Jays. He recorded his first career win on July 7, 2016 after pitching an inning of relief against the Mariners.[5] He finished the 2016 season with a 9.24 earned run average (ERA) in ​12 23 innings pitched for Kansas City, and a 3.14 ERA in ​80 13 innings pitched for Omaha.[6]

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

After the 2016 season, the Royals traded Pounders to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Jared Ruxer.[6] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Colorado RockiesEdit

On January 29, 2018, Pounders signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.[7] Pitching for the Rockies in 2018, he was 0-1 with a 7.63 ERA in 15.1 innings in which he struck out 17 batters, and pitching for their AAA affiliate in Albuquerque he was 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 innings in which he struck out 36 batters.[8] He elected free agency on October 9, 2018.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On December 22, 2018, Pounders signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal included an invitation to the Indians' 2019 major league spring training camp.[9] In 2019 he was 2-1 with one save and a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings in which he struck out 45 batters for their AAA affiliate in Columbus.[8]

New York MetsEdit

Pounders was traded to the New York Mets on June 15, 2019, in exchange for cash considerations. The Mets added him to their major league roster. He was 1-0 for the Mets with a 6.14 ERA in 7.1 innings, and 1-2 for their AAA affiliate in Syracuse with a 7.59 ERA in 21.1 innings.[8] On August 20, Pounders was designated for assignment. He elected free agency on October 1.

He pitched for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 tournament in November 2019.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Brad, played Minor League Baseball in the San Diego Padres organization for five years.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (May 23, 2008). "Keeping recruits becoming a tough task". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b GLASER, KYLE. "Blog: Alumni Report:ALUMNI: Pounders makes big league camp after long road". Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (December 8, 2011). "Pirates Trade Brooks Pounders To Royals For Yamaico Navarro". Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Aldridge, Philip (July 6, 2016). "Brooks Pounders called-up to Royals". Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Salvador Perez sends Royals to 4-3 win over Mariners". espn.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  6. ^ a b http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article118362613.html
  7. ^ "Rockies' Brooks Pounders: Inks NRI deal with Rockies". cbssports.com. January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Brooks Pounders Minor & Fall Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Indians invite two more to Spring Training". Indians.com. December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Blue Rocks' Pounders wins Moniker Madness | South Atlantic League". Milb.com. August 29, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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