Brad Halsey

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Brad Halsey
Born: (1981-02-14) February 14, 1981 (age 33)
Houston, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 19, 2004 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2006 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Win–loss record 14–19
Earned run average 4.84
Strikeouts 160

Bradford Alexander Halsey (born February 14, 1981 in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent.

Amateur career[edit]

Halsey attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the No. 1 starter on the Longhorns' College World Series championship team in 2002.

Professional career[edit]

New York Yankees (2002–2004)[edit]

Halsey was an eighth-round pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees/ Halsey spent most of 2004 at Triple-A Columbus, going 11–4 with a 2.63 ERA in 144 innings. He posted a 2.95 strikeout-to-walk ratio (109-to-37), while opponents batted .237 against him with eight home runs. The Yankees gave him a spot in their pitching rotation on June 19, 2004. In seven starts and a relief appearance, Halsey finished with a 1–3 record, 25 strikeouts, and a 6.47 ERA in 32 innings.

Arizona Diamondbacks (2005)[edit]

Before the 2005 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded pitcher Randy Johnson to the Yankees in a three-team deal that included the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona received Halsey, pitcher Javier Vázquez, and catcher Dioner Navarro from New York, then sent Navarro and three minor league prospects to the Dodgers for outfielder Shawn Green.

Oakland Athletics (2006–2008)[edit]

On March 26, 2006, the Diamondbacks traded Halsey to the Oakland Athletics for Juan Cruz.[1] Halsey made the Athletics' opening-day roster as a middle reliever, then was pressed into starting duty in May with injuries to starters Esteban Loaiza and Rich Harden. Halsey pitched in six starts, with a record of 1–2, ERA of 5.63, and opponents batting .305 against him. He was the pitcher who threw the pitch on May 20, 2006, that Barry Bonds hit out of the park for his 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place all-time.[2]

When Loaiza returned, Halsey returned to middle relief duty in mid-June. His statistics through mid-August were 3–3, 4.50 ERA. On August 10, Halsey was optioned to Oakland's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento when the Athletics activated reliever Jay Witasick from the disabled list only to be recalled on August 22 with the A's needing a fifth starter in a string of consecutive games. He finished the year in middle relief. His statistics for the year were 5–4, 4.67 ERA.

Halsey did not make the playoff roster for Oakland's division series against the Minnesota Twins. Oakland already had a left-hander in Joe Kennedy

Halsey entered the 2007 season as a candidate for the fifth starter slot, but did not pitch well in spring training, going 0–3 with a 6.75 ERA, and lost out to favorite Joe Kennedy. On April 1, Halsey was again optioned, this time to Sacramento.

On April 21, 2007, Halsey was held out of his start at Triple-A Sacramento, in case he was called to start for Rich Harden 3 days later. Harden could not go, but instead of Halsey, the A's went with left-hander Dallas Braden. Halsey made inflammatory comments that he was bypassed because the A's found out that Halsey was scheduled for an MRI exam.[3]

Halsey eventually did have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder on July 12, 2007, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Los Angeles Dodgers and independent baseball (2008–2010)[edit]

After being released in 2008, Halsey signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2009. Halsey was released by the Dodgers at the end of spring training. On May 12, 2009 Halsey signed a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 2010, he pitched for the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the independent Northern League.

New York Yankees (2011-present)[edit]

On May 2, 2011, Halsey signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.

Scouting report[edit]

Halsey throws a fastball in the 87–90 MPH range, but his best pitches are a fine slider and a deceptive changeup.


  1. ^ Urban, Mychael (March 26, 2006). "Notes: A's trade Cruz for Halsey". 
  2. ^ Ann Killon (21 May 2006). "Killion: Great feat, but how will history judge Bonds?". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Slusser, Susan (November 18, 2010). "Furious Halsey rips A's / Pitcher says team worried only about money, not players". The San Francisco Chronicle. 

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