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Vance Richard Worley (born September 25, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, and Miami Marlins.

Vance Worley
Vance Worley on May 1,2016.jpg
Worley with the Baltimore Orioles
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1987-09-25) September 25, 1987 (age 31)
Sacramento, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 2010, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record35–36
Earned run average4.09
Strikeouts497
Teams

Early careerEdit

After graduating from McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California, Worley was drafted by the Phillies in 2005, in the 20th round, but decided to go to college instead. He attended Cal State Long Beach (Long Beach State) and pitched for the 49ers baseball team.[1][2]

In 2008, Worley was again selected by the Phillies, this time in the third round (102nd overall) of the MLB amateur draft.[3]

In 2009, Worley moved up to the Double-A Reading Phillies; his record was 7–12 with a 5.34 ERA.[1]

After two poor starts to begin the 2010 season, Worley's next 17 AA starts resulted in a 2.70 ERA over 103.3 innings, ending with a three-hit shutout on July 9.[1] Worley also started eight games for the Philadelphia's AAA club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. His full-year minor league mark was 10–7 with a 3.36 ERA.[4]

Major league careerEdit

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Worley was called up to the majors for the first time on July 21, 2010.[3] He made his major league debut on July 24, 2010, against the Colorado Rockies. He was returned to the minors after the game to make room for J. A. Happ.[5] On September 6, Worley was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and added to the active roster as a September callup.[6] He made his first Major League start that day, pitching in the first game of a doubleheader against the Florida Marlins.[7] Worley earned his first major league win against the Washington Nationals on September 19 of the same year while pitching in relief. He finished the 2010 season with a 1 and 1 record and 1.38 ERA in 5 games (2 starts).

 
Worley pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011

On April 29, 2011, Worley was called up to the majors to be the team's fifth starter when Joe Blanton was put on the disabled list. He made his first start that day pitching 6 shutout innings and getting the win. He won his second start. Worley went 2 for 4 with a RBI in his first two starts. Vance threw his first career complete game on July 26, versus the San Francisco Giants. By September 8 the Phillies won each of his 14 previous starts, including games where Worley did not receive a decision.[8] But after losing two of his next 3 starts, Worley was relegated to the bullpen for the remainder of the season. He closed the season with an 11–3 record and a 3.01 ERA. For much of the year, Worley was caught by Brian Schneider, the Phillies backup catcher. Worley's ERA was a full run lower when Schneider was his battery mate. Baseball America named Worley one of the five starting pitchers on its All-Rookie Team.[9] Worley finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, behind winner Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman.

In 2012 he was sent to the disabled list with a bone chip in his elbow. His surgery to remove it was scheduled to be after the season, but after unsuccessful months of July and August, Worley was shut down for the season and sent to the DL for his surgery. In 2012 he was 6–9 with a 4.20 ERA.[10]

Minnesota TwinsEdit

 
Worley pitching for the Minnesota Twins in 2013

On December 6, 2012 he was traded, along with Trevor May, to the Minnesota Twins for Ben Revere.[11] On April 1, 2013, Worley made his first Opening Day start against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field in Minneapolis. On May 22, 2013 he was sent down to Triple A Rochester Red Wings for control problems. He finished his lone season with the Twins 1–5 with a career-high 7.21 ERA in 10 starts, as in 48.2 innings he gave up 82 hits.[12] He was outrighted off the roster on March 21, 2014.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On March 25, 2014, the Twins traded Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.[13] He spent the first half of the season playing for the Pirates' AAA affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians, with whom he was 3–2 with a 4.30 ERA.[10] Worley made his first start for the Pirates on June 15.

After beginning the 2015 season in the starting rotation as a replacement for Charlie Morton who was on the DL, Worley was returned to the bullpen as a reliever upon Morton's return. Worley was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 30 to make room for Joe Blanton, acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. He was outrighted back to the Indianapolis Indians on August 7 after clearing waivers.[14] For the Pirates, in 2015 he was 4–6 with a 4.02 ERA.[10]

Baltimore OriolesEdit

On October 20, 2015, Worley was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Pirates.[15] Worley made the Orioles Opening Day roster and was the starter for their fifth game of the season. On December 2, 2016, Worley was non-tendered by the Orioles, making him a free agent.

Washington NationalsEdit

Worley signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on January 28, 2017. Under the terms of the deal, he participated in major league spring training and could have received a $1 million salary if promoted to the major league roster, along with $1.65 million more in possible incentives.[16] However, Worley was released toward the end of the Nationals' spring training on March 29, 2017.[17]

Miami MarlinsEdit

On April 2, 2017, Worley signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. [18] In AAA with New Orleans, he was 2–5 with a 4.43 ERA.[10] Worley struggled flipping in between the rotation and the bullpen for Miami, going 2–6 and pitching to a 6.91 ERA in 24 games (12 starts).[12] He was outrighted to AAA on October 7, 2017.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On January 9, 2018, Worley signed a minor league deal that included an invite to spring training with the Cincinnati Reds.[19] On April 3, 2018, Worley exercised the opt-out clause in his contract with the Reds, making him a free agent.[20]

New York MetsEdit

On April 19, 2018, Worley signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[21] He made just four starts before he was placed on the disabled list, and was later released on June 22, 2018.[22]

Pitching styleEdit

Worley throws four pitches routinely. His primary pitch, a four-seam fastball runs 89–92 mph. He also has a two-seam fastball at 88–92, and his main off-speed pitch is a slider at 85–87  mph. Worley also sometimes adds a curveball in the mid-to-upper 70s. On rare occasions, he also features a changeup against left-handed hitters.[23]

PersonalEdit

Worley's mother, Shirley, is Chinese. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States as a child. His father's name is Scott.[2] He lives in Philadelphia.[24]

His nickname is "The Vanimal."[25][1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Gelb, Matt (August 28, 2011). "Vance and Vanimal: How the Phillies' Worley got his swagger". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Salisbury, Jim (May 2, 2011). "Salisbury: Worley, Stutes and the intriguing '08 draft". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Gonzalez, Alden (July 21, 2010). "Phillies call up Worley, send down Carpenter: Double-A right-hander rides hot streak into big leagues". Phillies.com. MLB.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  4. ^ MiLB.com
  5. ^ Schonbrun, Zach (July 24, 2010). "Worley sent down as Happ called up". MLB.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Press Release: Phillies Select Robertson, Recall Worley and Zagurski from Triple-A". Phillies.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Radano, Mike (September 6, 2010). "Phillies' bats stifled in Game 1 loss to Fish: Worley's solid first start goes for naught vs. Mendez and Co". Phillies.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Phillies.com bio of Worley Retrieved 2011-09-08
  9. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 21, 2011). "Infield, Pitching Staff Highlight 2011 Rookie Team". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d Vance Worley Minor Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ Goessling, Ben (December 6, 2012). "Minnesota Twins trade Ben Revere for Phillies' Vance Worley, Trevor May". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Vance Worley Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ "Pirates acquire RHP Vance Worley from Twins". ESPN. Associated Press. March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  14. ^ "Vance Worley to start for Pirates". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  15. ^ Orioles claim Vance Worley off waivers from Pirates – HardballTalk
  16. ^ Byrne, Connor (January 28, 2017). "Nationals, Vance Worley Agree To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  17. ^ Todd, Jeff (March 29, 2017). "Nationals Release Vance Worley". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  18. ^ Marlins Sign Vance Worley To Minors Deal - MLB Trade Rumors
  19. ^ "Reds sign pitcher Vance Worley to minor-league deal". cincinnati.com. January 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "Vance Worley Opts Out Of Reds Contract". mlbtraderumors.com. April 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Adams, Steve (April 19, 2018). "Mets Sign Vance Worley To Minor League Deal, Release A.J. Griffin". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  22. ^ Adams, Steve (June 22, 2018). "Mets Release Vance Worley". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  23. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Vance Worley". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  24. ^ "Back home, Worley keeps Phils' bats in check".
  25. ^ "Vance Worley Promptly Optioned to Lehigh Valley". Philly Sports Daily. July 4, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.

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