February 14, 1986 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
Prior to playing professionally, he attended Goddard High School and then Wichita State University. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 4th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and was signed by scout Jeremy Schied.
He made his professional debut with the Kane County Cougars in 2007, going 2-1 with a save and a 2.60 ERA, walking 10 in 45 innings pitched. He split 2008 between Kane County and the Stockton Ports. In 2009, he was 10-5 with a 4.89 ERA for the Midland RockHounds and allowed 7 runs in a single game with the Sacramento River Cats, his first go-around at Triple-A.
In 2010, Banwart played for Midland and Sacramento and struck out 130 batters between them. He then had a 4-1 record and a 3.86 ERA for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. 2011 was his first full year at Triple-A when he was 9-9 with a 4.63 ERA for Sacramento. He had a 9-5 record and a 3.85 ERA for the 2012 River Cats. In 2013, he was 10-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 29 games (23 starts) for Sacramento. The Athletics let him go following the 2013 campaign and he signed with the Cleveland Indians for 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)