Brandon McCarthy

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Not to be confused with Brendan McCarthy.
Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy on March 28, 2012.jpg
McCarthy with the Athletics in 2012
Los Angeles Dodgers
Starting pitcher
Born: (1983-07-07) July 7, 1983 (age 31)
Glendale, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 22, 2005 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 52–65
Earned run average 4.09
Strikeouts 698

Brandon Patrick McCarthy (born July 7, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also pitched in MLB for the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Yankees.

Early life[edit]

McCarthy graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002.

McCarthy was drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox.

Minor leagues[edit]

In the minor leagues in 2003, McCarthy posted impressive stats and showed excellent control, pitching 101 innings, striking out 125 batters, and walking only 15 batters. In 2004, he led all minor league pitchers in strikeouts, with 202.[1]

Major leagues[edit]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

McCarthy made his major league debut on May 22, 2005, as a spot starter for the Chicago White Sox in a game against the Chicago Cubs. McCarthy would pitch in 12 games (10 starts) with the club, going 3-2, but did not pitch in the postseason as the White Sox went on to win the World Series. He earned a permanent spot on the team as a reliever in 2006, appearing in 53 games while making a few spot starts. He finished the season 4-7 in 84.2 innings.

Texas Rangers[edit]

McCarthy pitching for the Texas Rangers in 2007.

On December 23, 2006, McCarthy was traded along with David Paisano to the Texas Rangers for John Danks, Nick Masset and Jake Rasner.[2] McCarthy endured an injury-plagued season in his first year for the Rangers (and his first full year as a starter) in 2007, most notably dealing with a stress fracture in his right shoulderblade that kept him sidelined for nearly 2 months. He finished the season a disappointing 5-10 in 22 starts.

His luck did not improve in 2008, as he developed inflammation in his right elbow during spring training. He began rehabbing between July & August and finished the season making 5 starts for the Rangers. After opening the season in the rotation, McCarthy went on to pitch 17 starts in a row before undergoing surgery in July.[3] He missed the remainder of the season.

He missed the whole 2010 season recovering from the surgery on his right shoulder. He made 11 rehab starts, going 4-2.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

He signed as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics on December 14, 2010.[4]

As part of the starting pitcher rotation for the Oakland Athletics in 2011, McCarthy strengthened his mechanics and had his most productive major league season, pitching twenty-five games, five complete.[5] McCarthy adapted his pitch repertoire to emphasize two-seam fastballs and cutters, which helped increase his ground-ball percentage and lower his home-run rate while developing control and limiting walks allowed.[6] He finished the year with the lowest FIP among American League starters.[7]

McCarthy was the opening day starter for the 2012 season. On September 5, McCarthy took a line drive to the head off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. McCarthy managed to get back on to his feet, however, he subsequently underwent surgery for 2 hours to relieve cranial pressure after CT scans revealed McCarthy had suffered an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion, and a skull fracture. While he did not pitch again that season, he recovered well enough to join his teammates in the dugout as a spectator during their postseason run.[8]

McCarthy would finish the season 8-6 in 18 starts.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On December 7, 2012, the Diamondbacks signed McCarthy to a 2-year $15.5 million contract.[9]

In June, while on the disabled list for continued shoulder problems, McCarthy experienced a seizure related to his head injury the previous year. He was placed on medication and expected to return to pitch as his shoulder allowed.[10] In his first season in the NL and with the Diamondbacks, McCarthy finished 5-11 with 2 complete games in 22 starts.

New York Yankees[edit]

On July 6, 2014, the New York Yankees acquired McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Vidal Nuño.[11] The Yankees had McCarthy resume the use of his cut fastball, which the Diamondbacks had him stop using, while decreasing the use of his sinker.[12] On September 17, 2014, he pitched an immaculate inning, striking out all three batters in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays throwing only nine pitches, becoming the 77th pitcher to do so in the history of Major League Baseball.[13]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On December 16, 2014, McCarthy and the Los Angeles Dodgers signed a four-year contract worth $48 million.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Batting Leaders -". Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Texas sends top '03 pick to Chicago for McCarthy". December 23, 2006. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Foul Territory: Brandon McCarthy talks about his injury". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Former Rangers pitcher Brandon McCarthy signs with Oakland, hopes to put injuries behind him - Dallas Morning News". Texas Rangers Blog. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brandon McCarthy Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio | Team". June 19, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Ryan (October 21, 2011). "The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part Two". Fan Graphs. 
  7. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2011 » Starters » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy has surgery". September 6, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Gilbert, Steve (December 7, 2012). "D-Backs add free agent McCarthy to rotation". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Baum, Bob (June 9, 2013). "Arizona's McCarthy on medication after seizure". Associated Press. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ Jinkner-Lloyd, Amy; Hall, Brian (July 6, 2014). "Yankees acquire McCarthy from Diamondbacks". Associated Press. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Brandon McCarthy looks like real deal for Yankees after bringing back cutter". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Derespina, Cody (September 18, 2014). "Brandon McCarthy pitches immaculate inning for Yankees". Newsday. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "McCarthy, Dodgers agree to deal". ESPN. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Weisman, Jon (December 16, 2014). "The Brandon McCarthy Experience officially comes to Los Angeles". Retrieved December 16, 2014. 

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