Ryan Webb

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Ryan Webb
Ryan Webb on June 28, 2014.jpg
Baltimore Orioles – No. 58
Relief pitcher
Born: (1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 28)
Clearwater, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 8, 2009 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through May 31, 2014)
Win-loss record 15–16
Earned run average 3.27
Strikeouts 214
Teams

Ryan Christopher Webb (born February 5, 1986) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the San Diego Padres and the Florida / Miami Marlins. He is the son of former big leaguer Hank Webb.

Prior to playing professionally, he attended Clearwater Central Catholic High School.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, Webb began his professional career that year with the AZL Athletics. He went 1-1 with a 4.87 ERA in eight games within the Arizona League. In 2005, he pitched for the Kane County Cougars, going 5-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games and finished third in the Midwest League in losses and fifth in home runs allowed with 16.

With the Stockton Ports in 2006, he went 8-9 with a 5.28 ERA in 23 starts, and in 20 total starts split between the Ports and Midland RockHounds in 2007, he went 4-11 with a 6.54 ERA. He went 9-8 in 25 games with Midland in 2008.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Webb pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2010

On July 5, 2009, Webb was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of a trade involving Scott Hairston, and was added to the Major League roster.[1] In 28 games with the Padres, he went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 6 holds, striking out 19 in 25.2 innings. Webb opened 2010 with Triple-A Portland, where he pitched in 8 games before being recalled on May 4 to replace the injured Sean Gallagher.[2] When Gallagher returned on May 28, it was Adam Russell who was optioned. Webb was sent down on August 7, and returned for one game on August 20 before being sent down the next day. He was recalled when the rosters expanded on September 1. In 54 games with San Diego in 2010, he went 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 9 holds, striking out 44 in 59 innings.

Florida/Miami Marlins[edit]

Following the 2010 season, Webb was traded with Edward Mujica to the Marlins for Cameron Maybin.[3] Webb made the team in 2011 as a middle reliever. In his Marlins debut, he gave up 3 runs in the top of the 10th against the Mets on April 2, earning the loss. In April, he had an 11 game, 12.1 inning scoreless streak. After feeling soreness in his shoulder after an appearance against the Mariners on June 26, Webb was placed on the disabled list on July 2.[4] He returned on August 17, and finished the season with Florida. In 2011, he went 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA and 8 holds, striking out 31 in 50.2 innings.

Webb made the team in 2012. After having a rough June and beginning of July, going 1-1 with an 8.16 ERA in 14.1 innings, he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans when Edward Mujica returned on July 16. After a 3 game stint with the Zephyrs, he returned to Miami when Logan Morrison was placed on the disabled list on July 29. In 65 games with Miami, he went 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 10 holds, striking out 44 in 60.1 innings.

On January 18, 2013, Webb signed a one-year, $975,000 deal with the Marlins to avoid arbitration for the first time.[5] He had a 13 game, 17.1 inning scoreless streak starting on April 23 and ending on May 21. Webb played all of 2013 with Miami, where in a career-high 66 appearances, he went 2-6 with a 2.91 ERA and a career-low 4 holds, striking out 54 in 80.1 innings. Webb fell one appearance short of earning a $10,000 bonus, which came at 67 appearances. After the season, Webb was non-tendered by Miami, becoming a free agent.[6]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On December 6, 2013, Webb agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, pending a physical.[7] The deal was made official on December 10.[8] On May 7 Webb picked up his first win in an Orioles jersey pitching in relief against the Tampa Bay Rays. Webb earned his second victory of the season 3 nights later when Steve Clevenger hit a walkoff double after Webb had worked the top of the 10th inning.

Pitching style[edit]

Webb is a sinkerballer, throwing his sinker with considerable velocity (95 mph average in 2011). His secondary pitch is a slider in the mid 80s (his primary off-speed pitch to right-handed hitters) and a changeup, also in the mid 80s (his primary off-speed pitch to left-handed hitters).[9]

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