December 27, 1981 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 6, 2004 for the San Francisco Giants|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.23|
David Allan Aardsma (//; born December 27, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who is a free agent. He has played for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and New York Mets.
Aardsma was born in Denver, Colorado, and attended Cherry Creek High School in Colorado, which was also the high school of Major Leaguers Josh Bard, John Burke, Brad Lidge, Darnell McDonald, and Donzell McDonald. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 2000. Younger brother of model, Amanda Aardsma.
He attended Pennsylvania State University in his freshman year of college. He transferred to Rice University in 2001, where he remained for the rest of his college tenure. Playing for the Rice Owls baseball team, Aardsma set school single-season and career records in saves in 2002-2003. In the 2003 College World Series, Aardsma earned two wins and a save as the Owls won their first national championship.
In 2002, Aardsma was a Summer League First-Team All-American.
San Francisco Giants
The right-hander was drafted in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He went to the San Jose Giants (Single-A), where he posted a 1.96 ERA while striking out 28 in about 18 innings. He made the major-league roster in 2004, skipping Double-A and Triple-A, and made his debut in the season's second game. In his major league debut, in front of friends and family at Minute Maid Park, he pitched two innings, allowing three hits and walking one, to earn his first MLB win. In his first 6 appearances, he had a 1.80 ERA; unfortunately his success did not last as his ERA ballooned to 6.75 after 11 appearances. After giving up two runs in one inning on April 20, he was sent down to Fresno, the Giants Triple-A team, the next day. He was called up 6 more times throughout the season.
Aardsma's route through professional baseball has been somewhat unique, given that after making the leap from Single-A to the Giants, he was demoted to Triple-A and then subsequently started the 2005 season in Double-A with the Norwich Navigators.
Along with pitcher Jerome Williams, Aardsma was traded to the Chicago Cubs for veteran pitcher LaTroy Hawkins on May 28, 2005. He spent the season in the minor leagues before returning to the big leagues with the Cubs in 2006, posting a 3-0 record and 4.08 ERA in 45 relief appearances, finishing nine games. Aardsma was especially effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .190 (12-for-63) batting average against.
Chicago White Sox
After a solid 2006 season with the Cubs, Aardsma, along with minor leaguer Carlos Vásquez, was sent across town to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for reliever Neal Cotts. Aardsma started the 2007 season strong. In April, he posted a 1.72 ERA while recording 23 strikeouts in only 15.2 innings pitched; he struck out at least one batter in each of his first 13 appearances of the season. On April 4, Aardsma matched a career high with five strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians. On April 11, as the White Sox visited the Oakland Athletics, he recorded his first American League win. In May, however, troubles mounted and Aardsma finished the month with a season ERA to that point of 4.73 and an ERA of 9.00 for the month.
Following June 2, Aardsma was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. He was recalled on June 19, but continued to struggle in his last appearances with the team.
Boston Red Sox
He pitched in 47 games for the team that year, going 4-2 with a 5.55 ERA. He also spent two games in the minors, posting a 0.00 ERA for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.
On April 10, Aardsma recorded the first save of his career, pitching 2 innings of relief against the Oakland Athletics. This save also marked the first MLB win for Chris Jakubauskas.
Aardsma was a projected pick for the All-Star Game, but failed to make both the starting and the reserve roster.
Aardsma followed an outstanding 2009 season with an excellent 2010. Converting 31 of 35 save opportunities, he finished the year 19-for-20 in saves with a 1.80 ERA from June 13 to September 19.
New York Yankees
On February 22, 2012, Aardsma signed a contract with the Yankees worth one year and $500,000 with a club option for 2013. Aardsma had been in talks with New York all winter. Cashman was quoted as saying, "The move could help us in 2012, but it has a lot more eyes toward 2013." Aardsma was activated on September 25, 2012 after Steve Pearce and Justin Thomas were designated for assignment.
On October 29, the Yankees elected to exercise Aardsma's incentive-laden $500K club option for 2013. Needing to carry a pitcher who could pitch multiple innings in one game, the Yankees designated Aardsma for assignment before the start of the 2013 season. He was subsequently released.
New York Mets
Aardsma is of Dutch descent, and all of David's great grandparents came from the Netherlands. Because of this, he was slated to play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, but was ruled ineligible and did not play. Of all baseball players in history, 'Aardsma' ranks first alphabetically. Aardsma's sister is American actress and beauty pageant contestant Amanda Aardsma.
Aardsma and his wife Andrea have a son, born on June 26, 2010.
- Mariners acquire Aardsma
- Street, Jim. Mariners closer Morrow lands on DL, Seattle Mariners. Published May 2, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
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- Injured Aardsma becomes free agent
- "Yankees sign David Aardsma". MLBlogs Network.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben (October 29, 2012). "Yankees Exercise Options For Aardsma, Cano, Granderson". MLB Trade Rumors.
- "Mets sign RHP David Aardsma to minor league deal". The Wall Street Journal. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
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