October 28, 1982 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 2, 2003 for the Detroit Tigers|
(through 2010 season)
|Earned run average||4.89|
Jeremy Allen Bonderman (born October 28, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners organization. Bonderman is six feet and two inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He bats and throws right-handed. He is known for throwing a slider, two-seam fastball, curve, and change up.
High school 
Bonderman attended Pasco High School in Pasco, Washington. In his last year of high school baseball, he went 5–2 and recorded a 3.60 ERA. He is the only high school junior ever to be drafted with a first round pick in baseball history.
Professional career 
Bonderman was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in his junior year of high school with the 26th pick in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, a selection that, according to Michael Lewis's Moneyball, caused Athletics general manager Billy Beane to throw a chair through a wall in fury.
Traded from Oakland to Detroit 
On July 6, 2002, Bonderman was involved in a three team deal. The Athletics had sent Carlos Peña, a player to be named later (who later became Bonderman), and Franklyn Germán to the Detroit Tigers. The New York Yankees sent Ted Lilly, John-Ford Griffin, and Jason Arnold to the Athletics. The Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to the Yankees and cash to the Athletics.
Detroit Tigers 
Bonderman debuted in the major leagues when he was 20 years old. His major league debut came against the Minnesota Twins, who scored six runs in four innings. Considering how well he worked out in the end, many feel the Tigers should have delayed his arbitration clock, thereby getting more of his prime years at a low price.
In his first season, he had a 6–19 record.
The next season, Bonderman went 11–13 with a 4.89 ERA. In 2005, Bonderman had a 14-13 record and a 4.57 ERA.
Bonderman was the Tigers Opening Day starter for the 2005 season.
In 2006 Bonderman finished with a 14-8 record, his career best and posted a 4.08 ERA. He started game four of the 2006 American League Division Series against the Yankees. He pitched five perfect innings before giving up a hit. He then pitched 3⅓ more innings, surrendering only one run. Bonderman was the winning pitcher in the game that gave the Tigers the series. He pitched again in game four of the 2006 American League Championship Series, pitching six innings and giving up three runs. The Tigers would go on to win the game and series for the American League Pennant. In the World Series, he pitched six innings giving up two runs. He left the game with the Tigers in the lead. However, the Tigers would ultimately lose the game, as well as the series the following day.
In 2007, Bonderman had the best start of his career, but after the all-star break he struggled only winning 4 games, finishing 11-9 with a 5.01 ERA. He finished second in the 2007 All-Star Game Final vote.
On June 13, 2009, five days after his only start of the season, Bonderman was placed on the disabled list indefinitely because of recurring pain in his pitching shoulder.
Bonderman started 29 games for the Tigers in 2010, going 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA. Following the season, he was granted free agency. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Indians had interest in Bonderman, but for only a minor league contract. Bonderman remained unsigned through the 2011 season.
In April 2012, Bonderman told MLB.com's Jason Beck that he will attempt a comeback to the major leagues in the 2013 season. "I’m going to work out, try to get a team to give me a chance," he said. "Hopefully I can get a team to give me a shot."
Seattle Mariners 
On December 21, 2012, Bonderman signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. The deal included an invitation to spring training.
- Baseball Mogul Encyclopedia: Jeremy Bonderman
- Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003, pp. 16-17.
- The Official Site of The Detroit Tigers: News: Detroit Tigers News
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)