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Michael James Wuertz (born December 15, 1978) is a former Major League baseball pitcher. He is known for his slider, which generated the most misses per swing in 2009.[1] He is currently the pitching coach for the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League.

Michael Wuertz
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Wuertz with the Chicago Cubs in 2007
Pitcher
Born: (1978-12-15) December 15, 1978 (age 40)
Austin, Minnesota
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2004, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record21–11
Earned run average3.71
Strikeouts444
Teams

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Baseball careerEdit

Chicago CubsEdit

Wuertz was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut on April 5, 2004, against the Cincinnati Reds, throwing a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On February 2, 2009, Wuertz was traded to the Oakland Athletics for minor leaguers Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers.[2] He was released on October 25, 2011, after three seasons in Oakland.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

Wuertz was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to a minor league deal on May 2, 2012.[3] He was released on July 5.

Miami MarlinsEdit

Wuertz was signed by the Miami Marlins to a minor league deal on January 15, 2013.[4] He was released on March 8.

Coaching careerEdit

In January 2016, he was named the pitching coach for the Inland Empire 66ers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Class-A affiliate in the California League.[5] In February 2018, he was named the pitching coach for the Orem Owlz, a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Rookie League affiliate in the Pioneer League.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/7/9/944134/the-toughest-pitches-to-hit-in
  2. ^ "Busy Cubs trade pitchers Hill, Wuertz". espn.com. Associated Press. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  3. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/05/reds-sign-michael-wuertz.html
  4. ^ BHSC [@BHSCouncil] (16 January 2013). "Mike Wuertz signs minor league deal with #Marlins with invite to ML spring training @joecapMARLINS @JoeFrisaro @JCRMarlinsbeat @clarkspencer" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "66ers Announce New Skipper, Field Staff for 2016".
  6. ^ "Owlz Announce 2018 Coaching Staff".

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