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Todd Allen Wellemeyer (born August 30, 1978) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played in the Major Leagues across eight years, for five teams, working as both a starting and relief pitcher.

Todd Wellemeyer
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Wellemeyer with the San Francisco Giants
Born: (1978-08-30) August 30, 1978 (age 41)
Louisville, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2003, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 2010, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record32–34
Earned run average4.83

Professional careerEdit

Chicago Cubs (2003-2005)Edit

While attending Bellarmine University, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and remains the only Chicago Cub to earn a save in his major league debut, earning it by striking out three batters in order against Milwaukee after 17 innings of play.[1]

Wellemeyer also picked up the win in the longest scoreless game ever played in Wrigley Field history. He struck out 4 in only 2 innings in a 1-0 marathon 16-inning game. Sammy Sosa hit a game-winning single to center field causing Preston Wilson to crash into the wall and lose the ball to win the game in the 16th inning.

Florida Marlins (2006)Edit

Wellemeyer was traded in the offseason and appeared in 18 games before being traded to the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City Royals (2006-2007)Edit

Wellemeyer appeared in 28 games and had a 3.63 ERA for the Royals.

In 2007, through 10 games Wellemeyer had a 10.34 ERA and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals (2007-2009)Edit

After being traded by the Royals, Wellemeyer had a 3-2 record with a 3.11 ERA in 20 games (11 starts).

His best season came in 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals, when he went 13-9 with a team best (among qualified starters) 3.71 ERA. During the 2008 season he also won Pitcher of the Month honors for May, when he went 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA. He finished 2008 ranked 18th in the NL in Wins, and 16th in the NL in ERA (3.71).[2]

In 2009, Wellemeyer had his worst full season in the Majors, posting an ERA over 5.50 and had a 7-10 record.

Wellemeyer was born on the same day as fellow pitcher Cliff Lee. He also shares a birthday with former St. Louis Cardinals teammate Adam Wainwright.

San Francisco Giants (2010)Edit

On February 10, 2010, Wellemeyer signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants,[3] subsequently signing a major league contract for 2010 as the fifth starter.

Until his injury on June 10, 2010, Wellemeyer struggled through nine starts posting a 3-5 record with an ERA of 5.52. The injury opened the door for Madison Bumgarner. Wellemeyer pitched his final game with the Giants on August 8 against the Braves. He was unable to record an out giving up four base hits and one earned run. That spelled the end for Wellemeyer and the Giants released him into free agency.

Chicago Cubs IIEdit

On January 25, 2011, Wellemeyer signed a non-guaranteed one-year contract to return to the Chicago Cubs.[4][5]

Wellemeyer retired on May 7, 2011.[6]

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Preceded by
Brandon Webb
National League Pitcher of the month
May 2008
Succeeded by
Dan Haren