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David Wayne Pauley (born June 17, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Pauley played for several Major League Baseball (MLB) teams between 2006 and 2012. He bats and throws right-handed.

David Pauley
David Pauley on June 30, 2012.jpg
Pauley with the Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1983-06-17) June 17, 1983 (age 36)
Longmont, Colorado
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 2006, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 2012, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record9–19
Earned run average4.68


Early lifeEdit

Pauley is a graduate of Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado.

San Diego PadresEdit

An eighth round pick by San Diego in 2001, Pauley posted a 7–12 record with a 4.17 ERA for the Padres A-class affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm, as their seventh best prospect in 2004.

Boston Red SoxEdit

On December 20, 2004, the Padres traded Pauley along with Jay Payton, Ramón Vázquez, and cash to the Boston Red Sox for Dave Roberts.[1]

As a member of the Portland Sea Dogs rotation in 2005, he went 9–7 with 104 strikeouts and a 3.81 ERA in 156 innings pitched.

Pauley started 2006 in Portland. He posted a 2–3 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 starts for the Sea Dogs before making his major league debut on May 31 starting for Boston in place of the injured David Wells. He pitched 4⅓ innings against the Toronto Blue Jays and did not record a decision. In his 16 innings pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Pauley recorded a 7.88 ERA.

In 2007, Pauley was rated by Baseball America as the number 26 prospect in the Red Sox farm system.[citation needed] Pauley spent the entire 2007 season playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Red Sox invited him to spring training in 2008, but was sent back to the minors on March 8, 2008.[2] In January 2009, Pauley was designated for assignment in order to make room for the newly signed John Smoltz.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

On January 19, Pauley was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Randor Bierd.

Seattle MarinersEdit

On December 22, 2009, Pauley signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. On August 13, 2010, he earned his first major league win versus the Cleveland Indians.

Detroit TigersEdit

On July 30, 2011, Pauley was traded to the Detroit Tigers along with Doug Fister for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, Chance Ruffin and minor leaguer Francisco Martinez.[3] Pauley was released by the Detroit Tigers on March 12, 2012 [4] and became a free agent after clearing waivers on March 15.

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit

The Angels signed Pauley to a minor league contract on March 23, 2012. He was called up to the majors on May 7, 2012, but was designated for assignment on May 24. He cleared waivers and was then recalled to the Angels on June 12, 2012. He was designated for assignment a second time on June 18, and was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays on June 20.[5]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

Pauley with Sugar Land (2014)

Pauley was claimed by the Blue Jays on June 20 after being designated for assignment by the Angels for a second time. For the Blue Jays, Pauley sported a 0-1 record with a 6.48 ERA in 10 relief appearances. He was designated for assignment after he gave up 3 earned runs, on 3 hits vs. the Kansas City Royals on July 2. On July 9, he elected free agency.

Seattle MarinersEdit

The Seattle Mariners signed him to a minor league contract on July 12, and assigned him to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on July 14. On August 24, 2012, it was announced Pauley had violated drug agreement while in Triple-A. He was suspended 50 games.[6]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On June 10, 2013, Pauley signed a minor-league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was assigned to Triple-A Reno.[7] After pitching in 4 games for the Aces, Pauley was released by the team. In those 4 games, he went 0-1, giving up 10 hits and 7 runs in 5.2 innings.

Sugar Land SkeetersEdit

On July 25, 2013, Pauley signed with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 12 starts, he went 5-3 with a 3.44 ERA, striking out 52 in 68 innings. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.

Pitching styleEdit

Pauley is a sinkerball pitcher,[8] and as such his success relies on his ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone, and when contact is made, to get ground-ball outs. Pauley also has the standard fastball, curveball, and changeup in his repertoire.[citation needed] His fastball hits the high 80 MPH range and his curveball has more of a sweeping motion than the standard 12-to-6 movement seen from most minor-league pitchers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Divish, Ryan. "Does M's reliever David Pauley have a shot at All-Star roster?". The News Tribune. Archived from the original on 30 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Recent Transactions". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  3. ^ Mariners trade Fister, Pauley to Detroit
  4. ^ Tigers part ways with struggling righty Pauley March 12, 2012
  5. ^ Blue Jays claim L.A. Angels pitcher David Pauley off waivers. The Star. Retrieved on January 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Stone, Larry (24 August 2012). "David Pauley suspended 50 games for violating drug policy". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  7. ^ Links, Zach (June 10, 2013). "Diamondbacks Sign David Pauley". MLB Trade Rumors.
  8. ^ "David Pauley". Archived from the original on 30 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.

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