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Wellemeyer with the Giants in May 2010
August 30, 1978 |
|May 15, 2003 for the Chicago Cubs|
Last MLB appearance
|August 8, 2010 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||4.83|
Todd Allen Wellemeyer (born August 30, 1978 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He is the brother of American entrepreneur Jeff Wellemeyer. He has played in the Major Leagues for 8 years, across 5 teams, working as both a starting and relief pitcher.
While attending Bellarmine University, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and remains the only Chicago Cub to earn a save in his major league debut, earning it by striking out three batters in order against Milwaukee after 17 innings of play.
Wellemeyer also picked up the win in the longest scoreless game ever played in Wrigley Field history. He struck out 4 in only 2 innings in a 1-0 marathon 16-inning game. Sammy Sosa hit a game-winning single to center field causing Preston Wilson to crash into the wall and lose the ball to win the game in the 16th inning.
Wellemeyer was traded in the offseason and appeared in 18 games before being traded to the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City Royals
Wellemeyer appeared in 28 games and had a 3.63 ERA for the Royals.
In 2007, through 10 games Wellemeyer had a 10.34 ERA and was traded to the St.Louis Cardinals.
After being traded by the Royals, Wellemeyer had a 3-2 record with a 3.11 ERA in 20 games (11 starts).
His best season came in 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals, when he went 13-9 with a team best (among qualified starters) 3.71 ERA. During the 2008 season he also won Pitcher of the Month honors for May, when he went 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA. He finished 2008 ranked 18th in the NL in Wins, and 16th in the NL in ERA (3.71).
In 2009, Wellemeyer had his worst full season in the Majors, posting an ERA over 5.50 and had a 7-10 record.
San Francisco Giants
Until his injury on June 10, 2010, Wellemeyer struggled through nine starts posting a 3-5 record with an ERA of 5.52. The injury opened the door for Madison Bumgarner. Wellemeyer pitched his final game with the Giants on August 8 against the Braves. He was unable to record an out giving up four base hits and one earned run. That spelled the end for Wellemeyer and the Giants released him into free agency.
Second stint with the Cubs
Wellemeyer retired on May 7, 2011.
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