Paul Gurner Maholm (born June 25, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Amateur career 
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 
Pittsburgh Pirates 
Maholm was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2003 draft.
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.
In 2009, he 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.
On March 13, 2008, Maholm struck out actor Billy Crystal in a spring training game.
Chicago Cubs 
On January 10, 2012, Maholm signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with the Chicago Cubs with an option for a second year.
Atlanta Braves 
Maholm was traded to the Atlanta Braves on July 30, 2012 with Reed Johnson for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
Pitching style 
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.
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