Robert "Kip" Wells (born April 21, 1977) is a former American professional baseball pitcher. In his Major League Baseball career, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Whitesox, Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres.
Wells with the Washington Nationals
|Born: April 21, 1977|
|August 2, 1999, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 1, 2012, for the San Diego Padres|
|Earned run average||4.71|
High school careerEdit
Wells attended Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas and was a baseball star and an honor roll student. In baseball, he won All-State and All-America honors after his Senior year (1995). He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 58th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign with the Brewers. Instead, he went to Baylor University.
He posted a career record of 21-14 for the Baylor Bears with a 5.17 ERA and 288 strikeouts in three collegiate seasons and was 1998 2nd Team All-America, 1998 Big 12 1st Team, 1998 All-Region, 1999 Pre Season All America 2nd Team. He also played with the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 1997. He went 5-6 with a 1.92 ERA, 49 strikeouts and five saves to earn the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect Award.
Chicago White SoxEdit
Wells was the first round (16th overall) draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his first major league appearance with the White Sox the following year. In his debut against the Detroit Tigers, Wells went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs and 1 earned run while walking 2 and striking out 4 for his first Major League victory
As of the end of the 2005 season, Wells had a 55-69 record and a 4.36 ERA after 188 games over the course of seven seasons. Wells led the league in losses in 2005, going 8-18 on a Pirates team that went 67-95.
St. Louis CardinalsEdit
On November 28, 2006, Kip Wells signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Kip Wells was said to be the Cardinals starting pitching rotation. He struggled in the first half, going 3-11 with an ERA of 5.92 and getting demoted to the bullpen right before the All-Star break. After the All-Star Break, he was a little better, posting a 4-6 record. He made a promising start against the Florida Marlins on July 18, when he threw eight shutout innings in a 6-0 Cardinals win. At the conclusion of the 2007 season, Wells' record was 7-17 with an ERA of 5.70.
On December 13, 2007, he signed with the Colorado Rockies. Wells began the 2008 season compiling a 2.29 ERA in ten games with 16 strikeouts as the primary long relief pitcher out of the bullpen. However, on April 30, Wells was placed on the disabled list with blood clots in his pitching hand. On August 10, 2008, the Rockies designated him for assignment and was eventually released.
Kansas City RoyalsEdit
Wells signed with the Kansas City Royals on August 18, 2008.
On March 11, 2009, Wells signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He was brought up to the majors to pitch out of the bullpen, but was ineffective, posting a 6.49 ERA in 26.1 innings before being placed on the disabled list with a right adductor strain on June 2. He was again designated for assignment on June 24.
In August Wells was promoted to the Reds once again pitching in major league baseball. The Reds used Wells in the role of a long reliever as well as a fill-in starter.
On April 2, 2010, Wells was released by the Reds.
Long Island DucksEdit
Chicago White SoxEdit
San Diego PadresEdit
On May 8, 2012, Wells agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. Wells had his contract purchased by the major league club on June 25, 2012. On June 26, Wells started his first major league game since 2009 against the Houston Astros. On August 3, 2012, the Padres designated Wells for assignment. Wells accepted the assignment to Triple-A Tucson after clearing waivers. Wells posted a 2-4 record and a 4.58 ERA in 7 starts for the Padres. The highlight of his time with the Padres was his seven shutout innings in a start in Coors Field, but his 0.95 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.4 home runs per nine innings hurt his overall results.
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit
On November 10, 2013, Wells announced his retirement at the age of 36.
In 2016, he was named the pitching coach for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Los Angeles Dodgers Class-A affiliate in the California League. He left his position with the Dodgers organization after the 2017 season.
- All-USA high school baseball (June 21, 1995)
- Brewster Whitecaps Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
- August 2, 1999 Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com
- ESPN - Wells leaves camp to see blood clot specialist - MLB
- July 18, 2007 St. Louis Cardinals at Florida Marlins Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com
- Nats sign Kip Wells Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Minor League Baseball
- Blog Red Machine
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- Wells signs Minor League contract with White Sox
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- Lindskog, Mike (January 14, 2016). "Coaching Staff Set for 2016". milb.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016.