Paul Maholm

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Paul Maholm
Paul Maholm on June 18, 2010.jpg
With the Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 47
Starting pitcher
Born: (1982-06-25) June 25, 1982 (age 31)
Greenwood, Mississippi
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 30, 2005 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through April 5, 2014)
Win–loss record 76-96
Earned run average 4.29
Strikeouts 952
Teams

Paul Gurner Maholm (pronounced Mah-HALL-uhm; born June 25, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

Amateur career[edit]

Maholm is a graduate of Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee. He was a three-year letterman while pitching at Mississippi State University for the Bulldogs.

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Maholm was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2003 draft.

While playing in the minor leagues in 2004, Maholm was struck in the face by a line drive. This resulted in a badly broken nose and a shattered left orbital, requiring surgery to repair the damage. [1]

He made his major league debut as a starter, on August 30, 2005 against the Milwaukee Brewers and pitched eight shutout innings, earning his first career win. He compiled a 3-1 record in six games, with a 2.18 ERA. Maholm pitched his first shutout, while giving up three hits in a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros on April 24, 2007.

After the 2008 season, Maholm signed a three-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $14.5 million and a team option for 2012.[2]

In 2009, Maholm hit his first major league home run, off the Mets' John Maine. He finished 2009 with a record of 8-9, 4.44 ERA, 14 home runs allowed, 6 hit batsmen, 60 walks, 119 strikeouts, .290 average against, a 1.44 walks and hits per innings pitched, in 194.2 innings pitched.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On January 10, 2012, Maholm signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with the Chicago Cubs with an option for a second year.[3] He was 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Maholm was traded to the Atlanta Braves on July 30, 2012 with Reed Johnson for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.[4][5] He was 14-16 with a 4.14 ERA over 1 1/2 seasons.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On February 8, 2014, Maholm signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6][7]

Pitching style[edit]

Maholm throws a wide variety of pitches and with a great range of speeds. His lead pitch is a sinker in the 87–89 mph range. He also throws a four-seam fastball (87–90), changeup (80–83), cut fastball (83–86), slider (79–82), and curveball (70–75). Maholm uses the cutter and changeup almost exclusively on right-handed hitters, while the slider is used only on lefties. He throws his curveball to batters from both sides of the plate. In 2013, he added a slow curveball that ranges from 70 MPH to 62 MPH, that at times dips in the 50's.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maholm no stranger to overcoming adversity
  2. ^ Sheldon, Mark (2009-01-30). "Pirates sign Maholm and Hinske Ace left-hander inks three-year deal with option for 2012". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  3. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/cubs-add-to-starting-rotation-agree-to-1-year-deal-with-maholm-that-includes-2013-club-option/2012/01/10/gIQAfG2GoP_story.html[dead link]
  4. ^ Syder, Matt (2012-07-30). "Cubs trade Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Braves". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 30, 2012). "Braves To Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm". 
  6. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (February 8, 2014). "Dodgers add LHP Paul Maholm". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (February 8, 2014). "Dodgers sign pitcher Paul Maholm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Paul Maholm". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

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