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George Charles Baumann IV[1] (born December 9, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets.

Buddy Baumann
Buddy Baumann on August 30, 2015.jpg
Baumann pitching for the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2015
Lancaster Barnstormers
Born: (1987-12-09) December 9, 1987 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 16, 2016, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record3–3
Earned run average5.58
Buddy Baumann
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto Team



Prior to playing professionally, he attended Logan-Rogersville High School and then Missouri State University. In 2009, Baumann was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.[2][3] He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 7th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and was signed by scout Scott Melvin.

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

He allowed three runs (one earned) in five innings for the Burlington Royals that summer, throwing three wild pitches. In 2010, he was 4–2 with four saves and a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. He struck out 113 batters in 100 1/3 innings. In 2011, he was 4–3, with 2 saves and a 4.29 ERA in 25 games for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and 0–1 with 3 runs in 4.2 IP for the AZL Royals.

The left-handed pitcher went 3–2 with two saves and a 4.12 ERA for Northwest Arkansas in 2012, walking 33 in 59 IP. In 2013, he was 3–0 with a save and a 2.55 ERA in 32 games split between the Naturals and Storm Chasers. He struck out 72 batters in 53 innings.

San Diego PadresEdit

On December 21, 2015, he signed a one-year major league contract with the San Diego Padres.[4] He was called up to the Major Leagues on July 15, 2016.[5] He made his MLB debut on July 16, throwing one pitch to Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants and recording an out. He was demoted on the following day.[6] He became only the twelfth player to throw only one pitch in his MLB debut.[7]

Baumann was a solid reliever ending the 2016 season with a 3.74 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched, allowing a .200 batting average against batters.[8]

On April 13, 2018, Baumann was suspended for one game for his involvement in a brawl with the Colorado Rockies two days prior. He was designated for assignment on April 24.

New York MetsEdit

The New York Mets claimed Baumann off waivers on April 27, 2018. The Mets added Baumann to their active roster on May 11 after placing Hansel Robles on the disabled list.[9] On June 5, Baumann was designated for assignment.[10] He elected free agency on November 2, 2018.[11]

Lancaster BarnstormersEdit

On April 5, 2019, Baumann signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[12]

Pitching styleEdit

Baumann has five pitches: a four-seam fastball that tops off at 92 mph, cutter which hovers around 81 mph, a two-seam fastball around 81 mph, a changeup hovering at 82 mph, and a slider that is around 86 mph.[13]


  1. ^ Sanders, Jeff (July 31, 2016). "Q&A: Padres reliever Buddy Baumann". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Missouri State's Baumann a Finalist for National Pitcher of the Year Award". Missouri Valley Conference. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Missouri State's Baumann Named a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist". Missouri Valley Conference. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ Padres press release (December 21, 2015). "Padres sign LHP Buddy Baumann to one-year contract for 2016 season".
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  6. ^ Collazo, Carlos (July 17, 2018). "Buddy Baumann sent down after one-pitch debut". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Pitching Game Finder". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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  9. ^ Drimalitis, Vasilis (May 11, 2018). "Mets call up Smith and Baumann, place Hansel Robles on the DL". Amazin' Avenue. SB Nation. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Mets' Buddy Baumann: Designated for assignment Tuesday".
  11. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Barnstormers Add Big League Lefty, Catcher to Roster". Lancaster Barnstormers. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
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