John Foster (baseball)
|Born:May 17, 1978|
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|May 14, 2002 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Earned run average||4.90|
Foster was signed by the Atlanta Braves during the 2005 season to provide the Braves with a left-handed relief pitcher, after the Braves had trouble with their Opening Day left-hander, Tom Martin. During the 2005 season, Foster posted a career low 4.15 ERA while working 34.2 innings in 62 games (both career highs). He also had career highs in walks (19) and strikeouts (32), as well as recording a career high 1 save.
Foster was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. Foster began his big league career with the Braves in 2002, after being called up from the Triple-A Richmond Braves. In his rookie season, he went 1-0 with a 10.80 earned run average and 6 strikeouts.
In 2005, after being picked by the Chicago Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft in 2004 and undergoing surgery on a torn labrum, Foster returned to the Braves when his contract was purchased from Triple-A Richmond.
On October 11, 2006, Foster was released by the Atlanta Braves. On October 30, 2007, Foster signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. In late March 2009 at the end of spring training Foster retired from professional baseball.