Chris Fussell

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Chris Fussell
Relief Pitcher
Born: (1976-05-19) May 19, 1976 (age 38)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 1998 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 15, 2000 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win-Loss 5-9
Earned run average 6.90
Strikeouts 91
Teams

Christopher Wren fussell (born May 19, 1976 in Oregon, Ohio) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher.

After attending Clay High School, Fussell was drafted in the 9th round of the 1994 MLB draft and he signed with the Orioles on June 14, 1994.[1]

He began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Orioles in 1994 and began a slow, but steady, rise through the Orioles farm system with stops at Bluefield (rookie leagues), Frederick ("A" ball), Bowie ("AA") and Rochester ("AAA").

He made his major league baseball debut with the Orioles September 15, 1998, pitching five innings as the starting pitcher against the Texas Rangers. He gave up three runs and did not get a decision in the game. He pitched in 2 more games for the Orioles that year, finishing 0-1 with an ERA of 8.38 in 9.2 innings (3 games, 2 as a starter).

On October 22, 2001 the Orioles let Fussell leave as a free agent after the season and he signed with the Kansas City Royals on January 23, 2002. Spent most of the next two seasons on the Royals roster, primarily as a reliever with occasional starts. His high ERA totals (7.39 in 1999 and 6.30 in 2000) led to him getting demoted and spending the next two seasons exclusively with Omaha in "AAA", where he was returned to the starting rotation with some success.[1]

Moving around to other teams: October 15, 2000 Granted Free Agency. November 10, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. October 15, 2003: Granted Free Agency. December 1, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates. October 15, 2004: Granted Free Agency. January 12, 2005: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros. July 11, 2005: Released by the Houston Astros. June 23, 2007: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers. October 29, 2007: Granted Free Agency. December 18, 2007: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After his release from the Astros in 2007, he played with the Independent League team the Camden Riversharks from 2005 until he was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers to provide bullpen depth for their "AAA" team, the Las Vegas 51s in 2007. Today, he is married to a beautiful woman with two talented sons and a new born daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chris Fussell Statistics - The Baseball Cube