J. D. Durbin
|J. D. Durbin|
|Lamigo Monkeys – No. 26|
February 24, 1982 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 8, 2004 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||6.19|
"The Real Deal"
Durbin was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2000 in the second round (54th overall) out of Coronado High School in Arizona, where he played baseball and football. Durbin, whose self-appointed/coach aided nickname, (thanks to Al Newman), at one time was "the Real Deal", was the Twins Minor League Player of the year in 2002 after compiling a 13-4 record and 163 strikeouts for the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League. The following season, he was the starting pitcher in the Florida State League All-Star game, and pitched in the All-Star Futures Game.
He made his major league debut on September 8, 2004 pitching in relief, and made his first career start on September 23 against the Cleveland Indians. In three innings pitched, he gave up seven hits and five earned runs and took his only loss for the season.
He was ranked the #70th best prospect by Baseball America in 2005 and the Twins second best pitcher behind Jesse Crain. However, he did not play in the majors during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He had gone 4–3 with a 2.33 earned run average in 16 starts for Triple-A Rochester before being sidelined for the rest of the 2006 season on July 5 with right biceps musculocutaneous neuropathy.
Durbin, who was cleared to start throwing February 1'st of 2007 coming off his injury did not fare well. During spring training in 2007, he went 0–2 with a 11.25 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Twins and was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 29. He appeared in one game for the D-backs out of the bullpen on April 4 against the Colorado Rockies, and gave up seven runs in ⅔ of an inning. The following day he was designated for assignment. He was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox on April 10, and designated for assignment on the very same day. The Philadelphia Phillies then claimed Durbin from the Red Sox on April 13. He would be designated for assignment on April 17 and was outrighted to Triple-A Ottawa the next day.
He was called back up to the majors, and made his first start for the Phillies against the New York Mets on June 29. In 4⅔ innings, he gave up all six runs in the Mets' 6-5 victory. He earned his first major league win on July 17, 2007, against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he pitched six innings and gave up one run. He also got his first three major league hits in the same game. In his next start on July 22, 2007, he pitched his first major league complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres, throwing 109 pitches, with 71 strikes against 38 balls.
Durbin failed to make the club in Spring training 2008, and on March 18, the Phillies outrighted Durbin to the minors. He split the season between the Double-A Reading Phillies and Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, going 5-14 with a 5.82 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers
He became a free agent at the end of the season, and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a minor league contract in 2009. He made his debut with the Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts on May 4, pitching three scoreless innings in relief. His first start came on May 23, against the Carolina Mudcats. He was solid, giving up only one earned run on three hits and one walk in four innings, yet he took the loss. On July 17, he was promoted to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, with whom he went 0-6 with a 6.43 ERA.
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
On May 2, 2010, he signed to play in Japan for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
Olmecas de Tabasco
- "Players signed for 2011". Lancaster Barnstormers. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- ESPN - Return of the Real Deal: Twins' Durbin vows to bring swagger back - MLB
- April 4, 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com
- July 17, 2007 Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com
- July 22, 2007 Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com
- "J.D Durbin se incorpora a los Olmecas de Tabasco". http://www.olmecasdetabasco.mx/noticias.php?id=394&pag=0.
- "Team transactions". Lancaster Barnstormers. Retrieved August 29, 2011.