B. J. LaMura

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B. J. LaMura
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Pitcher
Born: (1981-01-01) January 1, 1981 (age 36)
Mineola, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right

William Joseph "B. J." LaMura (born January 1, 1981 in Mineola, New York) is a retired right-handed pitcher. He represented Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[1][2] He is related to notable businessman Charles LaMura

High school & college[edit]

Before attending Clemson University,[3] LaMura was rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 high school prospect in New York behind Jay Gouge and Robbie Rex and among the Top 100 in the nation following his senior year with the Connetquot "T-Birds" in 1999. His junior year at Clemson (2002), he compiled a 6-2 record and 3.66 earned run average with a save and 89 strikeouts in 82 innings pitched in eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago White Sox made LaMura their fifth round selection of the 2002 MLB draft. Over four and a half seasons in the ChiSox farm system, he compiled a 20-25 record with six saves before a July 23, 2006 trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for catcher Sandy Alomar Jr..

With the Dodgers, he went 6-9 in two and a half seasons with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns and Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season.[4]

In an effort to showcase his talent to other major league clubs, LaMura played winter ball in Venezuela for Aguilas del Zulia, and represented Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In 1.2 total innings pitched, LaMura gave up four earned runs in Italy's two losses to Venezuela[5]

He played for the independent Long Island Ducks in 2009 and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a minor league free agent in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Clemson Tigers profile". Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Baseball-Reference.com". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  5. ^ "World Baseball Classic". Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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