Brandon Claussen

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Brandon Claussen
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Claussen in 2004 with the Cincinnati Reds.
Born: (1979-05-01) May 1, 1979 (age 39)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 28, 2003, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 16, 2006, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–Loss record16–27
Earned run average5.04

Brandon Allen Falker Claussen (born May 1, 1979) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher.


Claussen graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell, New Mexico.[1] He then attended Howard College in Big Spring, Texas.[2] He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft while in college.[3] In 2001, he led all minor league pitchers in strikeouts, with 220.[4] In June 2002, Claussen had Tommy John surgery.[5]

Claussen was called up to the major leagues on June 28, 2003.[6] He made his debut against the New York Mets that day.[5] On July 31, 2003, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds with Charlie Manning and cash for Aaron Boone.[7] Claussen was invited to spring training in 2004,[8] and sent to the minors on March 28.[9] He was recalled on July 20 to make his first start for the Reds.[10] Claussen finished the 2005 season with a 10-11 record and 4.21 ERA.[11] He made his final major league appearance on June 16, 2006 and took the loss against the Chicago White Sox.[12] Two days later, he was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and placed on the disabled list.[13] On August 14, Claussen underwent an operation to repair the rotator cuff and debridement in his throwing shoulder.[11] On January 12, 2007, he signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.[11] He became a free agent at the end of the season.[14]


  1. ^ "Major League pitcher shares Christian testimony". Clovis News Journal. November 21, 2006. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Big Country baseball draft picks". Abilene Reporter News. June 11, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Luttrell, Jim (August 4, 2001). "Yankee Prospects Coveted". New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  4. ^ McCarron, Anthony (June 22, 2002). "MAJOR SURGERY FOR CLAUSSEN YANKS' TRADE PROSPECTS TAKE HIT". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Waszak, Dennis (June 28, 2003). "Yankees complete two-park sweep of Mets". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Kepner, Tyler (June 28, 2003). "Anderson Sent to Columbus". New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Finley, Bill (August 2, 2003). "Boone Has the Fire, and Could Provide a Spark". New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "Claussen will be all smiles this spring". February 13, 2004. Retrieved April 26, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Reds' rotation options dwindling". March 28, 2004. Retrieved April 26, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Claussen sharp in Reds debut". July 20, 2004. Retrieved April 26, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b c "Nationals agree to terms with pitchers Jerome Williams and Brandon Claussen". January 12, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  12. ^ Sheldon, Mark (June 16, 2006). "Claussen, Reds routed by White Sox". Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Sheldon, Mark (June 17, 2006). "Notes: Claussen placed on 15-day DL". Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  14. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 2, 2007). "Minor League Free Agents 2007". Baseball America. Retrieved April 26, 2016.

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