Chad Gaudin

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Chad Gaudin
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Gaudin with the San Francisco Giants.
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1983-03-24) March 24, 1983 (age 31)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 45–44
Earned run average 4.44
Strikeouts 673
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Chad Edward Gaudin (/ɡˈdæn/; born March 24, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has been used as both a starting pitcher and a reliever throughout his career, functioning as a "swingman."

High school[edit]

Gaudin attended Crescent City Baptist High School in Metairie, Louisiana. He earned All-State and district MVP in his junior and senior years.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Devil Rays[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Gaudin was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of high school in the 34th round (1009th overall pick) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed on August 23, 2001, and did not play professionally until 2002. He played in Single-A in 2002 and recorded a 2.26 ERA which ranked him 10th in all of minor league baseball.

On July 15, 2003, in his first start after getting called up from the Single-A California League, Gaudin took the mound in the first game of a doubleheader for the Double-A Orlando Rays on the road against the Jacksonville Suns and threw a 7-inning perfect game, retiring all 21 batters he faced. (Two 7-inning games is the standard for a doubleheader in most minor leagues; Major League Baseball would later amend a rule recognizing only efforts of at least nine innings as official perfect games.) Gaudin made only two more starts and posted an 0.47 ERA for Orlando before Devil Rays' Manager Lou Piniella summoned him to the big league club.

Major leagues[edit]

When Gaudin made his major league debut, he became the youngest Devil Ray in club history at 20 years and 4 months and was the 4th youngest player in the majors. After posting a very respectable 2–0 record and 3.60 ERA in 15 appearances (including 3 starts) in 2003 for the Devil Rays, he went 1–2 with a 4.85 ERA in 26 appearances (4 starts) in 2004 while splitting time with the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On December 12, 2004, Gaudin was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for backup catcher Kevin Cash. Although he pitched well as a starter at Triple-A Syracuse, he was just 1–3 with a 13.15 ERA in 5 appearances (3 starts) with the Blue Jays. Opponents had batted .470 against him in just 13 innings (31 hits).

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On December 5, 2005, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later, who later turned out to be outfielder Dustin Majewski.

Gaudin with the Oakland Athletics in 2006.

Gaudin began the 2006 season for the Sacramento River Cats, the Athletics Triple-A team. He was recalled by the Athletics after posting an 0.36 ERA in 4 starts for the River Cats and pitched in relief for the rest of the season for the big league club. In his first season as an Athletic, he posted various career highs and his ERA (3.08) and opponents batting average were the lowest of his career. His inherited runners to score was 20 percent, which ranked fourth lowest in the American League.

In 2007, Gaudin was converted into a starter again when veteran Esteban Loaiza was on the disabled list to begin the season. He pitched in a team high and career high 34 starts, posting career highs in wins (11), innings pitched (199.1), strikeouts (154) and walks (100). His excellent performance as a starter in the 2007 season made him part of the new 'Big Three' that included Dan Haren and Joe Blanton.

In December 2007, Gaudin successfully had his sesamoid bone removed from the base of his big toe in a procedure called a sesamoidectomy.[1][2] He was back on the mound pitching again within three months.

Gauding began the 2008 season in the rotation, appearing in 6 starts. On May 7, 2008, Gaudin was moved back into the bullpen.[3] He went 5-3 in 26 games along with 6 starts for the A's before being traded.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Gaudin with the Chicago Cubs in 2008.

On July 8, 2008, Gaudin was dealt along with Rich Harden to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and minor league catcher Josh Donaldson.[4]

Despite posting a 4-2 record, Gaudin pitched poorly for the Cubs, posting an ERA over 6.00 after coming over from Oakland. Gaudin was released by the Cubs on April 5, 2009 after a disappointing second half.[5]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Gaudin with the San Diego Padres in 2009.

The San Diego Padres signed him to a minor league contract on April 12, 2009[6] and assigned him to their Triple-A team, the Portland Beavers on April 14[7] He made his first start for the Padres against the Colorado Rockies on April 28. He gave up zero runs on 3 hits and received a no decision in a 4–3 Padres win.[8]

Through 19 starts and 1 relief appearance, Gaudin was 4-10 with an ERA of 5.13. In 105.1 innings pitched, he had 105 strikeouts while also issuing 56 walks in the process.

New York Yankees[edit]

On August 6, 2009, Gaudin was traded to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later,[9][10] but instead the Padres took $100,000.[11] With the Yankees, Gaudin filled a valuable role as a spot starter and relief pitcher, making six starts (all of which the Yankees won) and five relief appearances, recording a 3.43 ERA.[12] He got his first championship ring after the Yankees won the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.[13][14]

Gaudin was released by the Yankees on March 25, 2010.[15]

Return to Oakland[edit]

On March 28, 2010, Gaudin signed a major league deal with the Oakland Athletics.[16] He was designated for assignment on May 17.[17] On May 21, 2010, he was released.

Return to New York[edit]

On May 26, 2010 Gaudin was re-signed by the Yankees.[18] On November 2, 2010 Gaudin was outrighted to the minor leagues. He elected free agency.[19]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Gaudin with the Washington Nationals.

On December 17, Gaudin signed a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals.[20] He made 10 appearances for the Nationals, recording 6.48 ERA in 8 13 innings before being designated for assignment on July 19, 2011.[21] He was released on July 21.[22]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Gaudin signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on August 5.[23]

Miami Marlins[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Gaudin signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins. The next day, he received an inviation to spring training by the Marlins. Guadin wrote an email to the press saying that he would join the Marlins in the 2012 season. Gaudin was used as a long reliever. He finished the year with 69.1 innings pitched, a 4.54 ERA,a 1.41 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts.

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Gaudin signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants on December 13, 2012. On March 26, 2013, it was reported that Gaudin had his contract purchased and had been added to the Major League roster as the final piece of the bullpen. The San Jose Mercury News reported that "Gaudin will be the long man and a swing man of sorts, capable of pitching several innings at a time or even spot-starting."[24]

Gaudin pitched out of the bullpen most of the season, while also making 12 starts for the Giants. His record finished at 5-2 and a 3.06 ERA, the lowest of his career. He struck out 88 batters in 97 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Gaudin signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on January 21, 2014. The Phillies released him on February 13 when he failed a physical.[25]

Pitching style[edit]

Gaudin works with four pitches. His main one is a four-seam fastball at 90–93 mph. He also has a two-seamer at 89–92, a slider at 79–82, and a changeup at 86–89. His slider is mainly used against right-handed hitters (especially with 2 strikes), while his changeup is used almost exclusively against lefties.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Gaudin is married to Syndal Gorden since January 29, 2011.[27] The couple appeared on an episode of House Hunters.[28]

Syndal chose her wedding gown on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress entitled The Group Calls It. She was accompanied to Kleinfeld's by Yankee wives Amber (Mrs. C.C.) Sabathia and Karen (Mrs. A.J.) Burnett and a friend, Tara Neal, who picked her dress for her. When the episode was aired, Gaudin was with the Nationals.

Gaudin learned how to throw a slider in Little League, when a coach showed him the curveball grip.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A's RHP Chad Gaudin to undergo surgery" (Press release). MLB.com. December 15, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Haft, Chris (January 25, 2008). "Oakland signs Gaudin to one-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Official Site of The Oakland Athletics: News: Gaudin to 'pen to make room for Harden". Oakland.athletics.mlb.com. May 7, 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Cubs trade four players to A's for pitchers Harden, Gaudin". ESPN.com. July 8, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cubs Release Gaudin SI.com, April 5, 2009
  6. ^ Padres, RHP Gaudin agree to minor league deal yahoo.com, April 12, 2009
  7. ^ Gaudin added to roster, will start Saturday at PGE Park portlandbeavers.com, April 14, 2009
  8. ^ Perkins, Owen (April 28, 2009). "Padres win on Rodriguez's pinch-hit". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  9. ^ Yanks acquire righty Gaudin from Padres mlb.com, August 6, 2009
  10. ^ Brock, Corey (August 6, 2009). "Padres deal righty Gaudin to Yankees". MLB.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Who's your Padre?: Padres get cash for Gaudin". Coreybrock.mlblogs.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  12. ^ Topkin, Marc (November 1, 2009). "Ex-Tampa Bay Ray Chad Gaudin Lands on His Feet With New York Yankees". TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Times). Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Gaudin, Ramirez get World Series rings". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 20, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ Carig, Marc (April 20, 2010). "Yankees deliver World Series rings to Chad Gaudin, Edwar Ramirez". The Star-Ledger (NJ.com). Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Yankees release RHP Chad Gaudin". Sporting News. March 25, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ Rosenthal, Ken (March 28, 2010). FOX Sports Gaudin signs new deal with A's http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/chad-gaudin-signs-new-deal-with-as-032810 Gaudin signs new deal with A's |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  17. ^ "Oakland designates Chad Gaudin for assignment". Neworleans.com. May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  18. ^ Feinsand, Mark (May 26, 2010). "Source: New York Yankees bring back Chad Gaudin, plan to add righty to bullpen as long reliever". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  19. ^ MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Yankees finish meetings, prepare for Lee chase – saratogian.com
  20. ^ "Pitcher Chad Gaudin agrees to minor-league contract". The Washington Post. 
  21. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Nationals Designate Chad Gaudin For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  22. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Nationals Release Chad Gaudin". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Minor Moves: Chad Gaudin, Brett Carroll". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  24. ^ Pavlovic, Alex. "San Francisco Giants to add reliever Chad Gaudin to roster". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  25. ^ Phillies Release Chad Gaudin
  26. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Chad Gaudin". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  27. ^ "A Home Run Wedding in Vegas: Chad + Syndal". Bella Bleu Blog. 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Pro Baseball Player Wants Off-Season Party Pad in Vegas". Scripps Networks, LLC. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  29. ^ Olney, Buster (April 20, 2004). "Devilishly effective pitch". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 

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