P. J. Walters
|P. J. Walters|
Walters with the Minnesota Twins
March 12, 1985 |
|April 17, 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||6.28|
Phillip DeWayne "P. J." Walters (born March 12, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins.
Walters was born March 12, 1985, in Dothan, Alabama.
Walter's daughter, Annabelle, was born on February 10, 2010, about 14 weeks premature. She had several complications related to her premature birth, and Walters was back and forth from spring training to be with his wife, including their daughter's surgery. On April 3, 2010, Annabelle Walters died at the hospital in Mobile, Alabama.
Professional playing career
St. Louis Cardinals
Walters was drafted by the Cardinals in the 11th round of the 2006 player draft (346th overall) from the University of South Alabama following his junior year, in which he had a 2-1 record, with eight saves and a 3.56 ERA.
Walters made his major league debut on April 17, 2009, as the starting pitcher against the Chicago Cubs. He had been called up when Chris Carpenter was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He became the first Cardinals rookie to make his first major-league start at Wrigley Field in nearly three decades. On September 15, 1980, Andy Rincon debuted for the Cardinals against the rival Cubs.
He pitched 4.0 innings, leading 4-3 in the game before replaced, pitching against veteran Carlos Zambrano, giving up 6 hits (one hit was a double), 3 runs (all earned), walked 2, struck out 7, and has a 6.75 ERA. He faced 19 batters, threw 98 pitches (59 for strikes), with 4 groundouts and 1 fly out.
On July 7, 2011, Walters had his contract purchased by St. Louis.
On July 25, 2011, Walters gave up a grand slam to Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Lee. This made Walters and Lee the first pair of players in MLB history in which the batter (Lee) hit grand slams in each of his only two at-bats against the pitcher (Walters).
Toronto Blue Jays
On July 27, 2011, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Colby Rasmus, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson. He pitched 1 inning for the Blue Jays before being demoted to the minor leagues. In the remaining months of 2011, he went 1-3 with an 8.38 ERA in Triple-A, and was not called back to the Blue Jays that year. After the 2011 season, he elected for free agency.
On December 14, 2011, Walters signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. His contract was selected by the Twins on May 9, 2012, when they designated Matt Maloney for assignment.
On May 22, 2012, Walters threw his first complete game, and the Twins first of the season, against the White Sox in a 9-2 win.
On October 29, Walters became a free agent after refusing his minor league assignment. Walters went 2-5 in 12 starts with a 5.69 ERA in 61.2 innings. That same day, Walters signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
On June 22, 2013 Walters didn't even make it out of the first inning while pitching against the Cleveland Indians. He walked five batters while only getting two batters out. He was designated for assignment on July 4, 2013.
Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays
Walters and Melky Mesa were dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations on May 26, 2014. Walters was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on May 29. He was released on September 14, 2014.
Walters signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November 2014.
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