Billy Traber

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Billy Traber
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Traber pitching for the New York Yankees on April 19, 2008.
Relief pitcher
Born: (1979-09-18) September 18, 1979 (age 34)
Torrance, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 4, 2003 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 6, 2009 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win-Loss 12-14
Earned run average 5.65
Strikeouts 152
Teams

William Henry "Billy" Traber, Jr. (born September 18, 1979 in Torrance, California) is a former left-handed pitcher.

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Traber attended Loyola Marymount University, where he was First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year. He set a single-season school strikeout record with 156 strikeouts (in 123 innings pitched).

In 2000, Traber entered the draft and was picked in the first round (16th overall) by the New York Mets.[1] The Mets were prepared to offer Traber a contract worth $1.3 million, but after an MRI showed some damage to his pitching elbow, he signed a contract worth only $400,000.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In 2001, the Mets traded Traber to the Cleveland Indians along with Matt Lawton, Alex Escobar, Earl Snyder, and Jerrod Riggan for Roberto Alomar, Mike Bacsik, and Danny Peoples.

In 2002, Traber was runner-up minor league pitcher of the year, going 17-5 for the Akron Aeros (Double-A) and Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A), and was voted by Baseball America as having the best control and curveball in the league. His numbers were also good enough to give him top-honors for Cleveland pitching prospects.

On April 4, 2003, Traber made his Major League debut. Although he started out well (1.59 ERA, 1-0 record in 7 games that spring) -- even pitching a one-hit shutout of the New York Yankees on July 8—Traber's season fell apart when elbow problems that haunted him in college and the minors came back to end his '03 campaign and ultimately the entire 2004 season when he needed Tommy John surgery.

During the 2004-2005 offseason, the Boston Red Sox signed Traber. Before playing a single game, he was placed on waivers by the Red Sox. On November 10, 2004, he was claimed by the Indians off waivers and was signed to a minor league deal on December 22, 2004.[3]

On December 5, 2007, he was released by the Washington Nationals after having pitched for them the previous two seasons.

On January 5, 2008, he signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees and was invited to spring training. On March 15, he was added to the 40-man roster and he opened the season in the Yankee bullpen. He spent much of the season splitting time between the Yankees and their Triple-A affiliate. He was designated for assignment on September 1. In December 2008, he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training to return to the Red Sox.[4]

On August 5, 2009, he was called up by the Red Sox to bolster their undermanned bullpen. In October 2009, Traber was granted free agency.[5] He was designated for assignment on August 7, 2009. In June 2010, Traber was signed by the Seattle Mariners.[6]

Verbum Dei[edit]

Today, Traber is now a Physical Science teacher at Verbum Dei High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BASEBALL; Traber, Mets' Top Pick, Signs". The New York Times. September 2, 2000. 
  2. ^ Kepner, Tyler (July 9, 2003). "BASEBALL; Traber Shuts Down Yankees". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Scout.com: 40-Man Roster
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Massarotti, Tony (August 5, 2009). "Reddick out, Traber in". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ Matt Eddy (June 10, 2010). "Minor League Transactions". Baseball America. Baseball America, Inc. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 

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