|Cincinnati Reds – No. 66|
February 13, 1985 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 5, 2010 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.61|
Logan Jared Ondrusek (born February 13, 1985) is a right-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. He grew up and went to school in Shiner, Texas, and was drafted by the Reds in the 13th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Minor League Career
Ondrusek began his minor league career with the rookie Billings Mustangs. In his first year with the Mustangs, he went 1–6 with an ERA of 6.02. In 2006, he played for Billings, Single-A Dayton, and Double-A Chattanooga. In his second year, he went 4–6 with an ERA of 3.59. In 2008, he was promoted to the Reds Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats, where he went 4–1 with an ERA of 1.50.
2010 MLB season
Ondrusek made the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day roster with a strong showing in spring training, throwing 10 scoreless innings. He made his first professional appearance on Opening Day at Great American Ballpark, pitching a scoreless 8th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ondrusek suffered a few tough outings after his Opening Day success however, and with an 11.12 ERA though 9 appearances, was sent down to Triple-A Louisville on April 22. However, due to injuries and struggles in the Reds' bullpen, Ondrusek was recalled to the majors on June 1. Despite a rough initial appearance upon his return to the big leagues (giving up a home run to Matt Holliday in his first game back) Ondrusek settled down, with a 1.27 ERA from his June 1 recall through August 10. This included a streak of 22 scoreless innings in 20 appearances during that time. Logan earned the first win of his MLB career on July 23 against the Houston Astros after pitching a scoreless 7th inning. He picked up 4 more wins over the rest of the season, finishing the 2010 regular season 5–0 with a 3.68 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 58.2 innings.
Logan would appear in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS for the Reds vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first game, he pitched 1.2 innings, allowing no hits or runs despite an error (throwing a comebacker to the mound over first baseman Joey Votto's head) that allowed the first batter he faced to reach second base. In Game 2, Ondrusek was brought in with two outs and the bases loaded in the 6th inning, and allowed a run (the inherited runner was counted against a previous Reds pitcher) by hitting Ben Francisco in the brim of the helmet. However, he got the next batter to ground out, escaping the jam with minimal damage. Logan finished the 2010 postseason with a 0.00 ERA with no walks over two innings pitched in two games.
Ondrusek mostly uses three pitches: a four-seam fastball averaging about 92–93 mph, a slider around 80 mph, and a cutter in the low 90s. He also has a sinker and a changeup, which is used primarily against lefties. He throws with a straight-over-the-top motion.
- "PITCHf/x Player Card: Logan Ondrusek". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- "Logan Ondrusek". FanGraphs. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)