Ben Diggins

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Ben Diggins
Pitcher
Born: (1979-06-13) June 13, 1979 (age 35)
Leoti, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2002 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2002 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Wins-Losses 0-4
Earned run average 8.62
Strikeouts 15
Teams

Benjamin Howard Diggins (born June 13, 1979 in Leoti, Kansas) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2002 season.

Amateur career[edit]

He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He was later drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft and signed on August 23, 2000. He attended the University of Arizona where he was a Baseball America Freshman All-American in 1999 and a consensus All-American as a sophomore in 2000. As a starting pitcher Diggins was 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA and 127 strikeouts. Also hit for the Wildcats, batting .340 with 9 home runs and 41 R.B.I's. Played for the U.S.A National Baseball team the summer of 1999 where he led the team in saves (3) and ERA (2.05)

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Diggins began his professional career with the Class-A Wilmington Waves of the South Atlantic League in 2001. He went 7-6 with a 3.58 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 21 games, all starts.

In 2002 Diggins began the season with the Class-A Advanced Vero Beach Dodgers. He went 6-10 with a 3.63 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts.

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On July 23, 2002 Diggins was traded by the Dodgers along with Shane Nance to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later and Tyler Houston. The player to be named would eventually be Brian Mallette. He finished the season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars of the Southern League where he went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in seven games, all starts. Between the two organizations, Diggins went a combined 8-11 with a 3.20 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 15123 innings pitched. Diggins was promoted to the Major Leagues and made his debut on September 2, 2002 against the Chicago Cubs.[1] He started the game but only pitched 113, giving up eight runs, seven earned.[1] In five games, all starts, Diggins went 0-4 with an 8.62 ERA in 24 innings pitched with his best start being against the St. Louis Cardinals where he pitched 7 innings allowing 3 runs and striking out 7 while only walking 2. Diggins had 2 quality starts of his 5 games pitched in the big leagues.

In 2003 Diggins began the season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars and made 8 starts before tearing the UCL ligament in his elbow. He went 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA in eight games, all starts. He returned to the Milwaukee Brewers spring training facility where rehabbing the injury failed resulting in season ending Tommy John surgery.

Diggins spent most of 2004 rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery before appearing in only four games in 2004 with the Rookie-Level Arizona League Brewers. He gave-up no earned runs in six innings pitched.

In 2005 Diggins began the season with the Class-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. Spent much of the season struggling with setbacks from Tommy John surgery and loss of command. He went 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA in 12 games, two starts.

Houston Astros[edit]

On December 8, 2005 Diggins was selected by the Houston Astros in the Rule 5 Draft but never made an appearance in their organization.

Windy City Thunderbolts[edit]

After being released by the Houston Astros Diggins signed with the Independent Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League as a first basemen. His transition soon lead to his retirement. After just 17 games Diggins batted .209 with one home run and 9 RBIs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs September 2, 2002 Box Score". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 

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