Les Walrond

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Les Walrond
Pitcher
Born: (1976-11-07) November 7, 1976 (age 37)
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 8, 2003 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2008 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win-Loss 1–4
Earned run average 7.07
Strikeouts 39
Innings pitched 3523
Teams

Leslie Dale Walrond (born November 7, 1976) is a retired American professional baseball player and current scout for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.[1]

He is a former left-handed pitcher whose active career extended from 1998–2012. The native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, appeared in 23 Major League games pitched, 21 in relief, for the Kansas City Royals (2003}, Chicago Cubs (2006) and Philadelphia Phillies (2008). He appeared in 21 games as a starting pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball in 2009. He stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 205 pounds (93 kg).

During his freshman and sophomore years in high school, Walrond played baseball at Booker T. Washington High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma) under the tutelage of Coach Corey Slagle. With Walrond anchoring the baseball team, Booker T. experienced an athletic renaissance that included New York Giants defensive back R.W. McQuarters and Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas. He graduated from Union High School in Tulsa and attended the University of Kansas.

Walrond made his Major League debut on June 8, 2003, while he was with the Kansas City Royals against the Colorado Rockies as a relief pitcher.[2]

He was signed as a free agent on January 11, 2006, by the Chicago Cubs and played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs in 2007.[3] On May 2, 2008, Walrond signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was called up from the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, on August 1, 2008, then sent back down on August 20, following the activation of Pedro Feliz from the disabled list. He was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on November 4, 2008, but waived on November 20. In December, he signed with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan's Central League.

In 2011, Walrond paid for his own airline ticket to the Mets spring training camp where he was signed to a minor league contract. Les pitched well during the Big League Camp, but became ill before the break of camp. Unfortunately, Les was waived by the Mets. On April 15, 2011, Les signed a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.

On May 26, 2011, Walrond signed a minor league deal and was assigned to Double-A Reading two days later. On July 16, 2012 the Toronto Blue Jays announced they signed Walrond to a minor league contract.[4]

Walrond's final season, 2012, was split between independent league baseball and Double-A, where he hurled for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

On February 4, 2014, he was named to the professional scouting corps by the Red Sox.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b mlb.com
  2. ^ Les Walrond Bio, Yahoo! Sports, Retrieved on August 11, 2007
  3. ^ Les Walrond Bio, Baseball-Reference.com, Retrieved on August 11, 2007
  4. ^ The Associated Press (2011-05-28). "Saturday's Sports Transactions". Danbury News Times. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 

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