Brandon Gomes

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Brandon Gomes
Brandon Gomes on September 13, 2011.jpg
Gomes with the Tampa Bay Rays
Born: (1984-07-15) July 15, 1984 (age 32)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 2011, for the Tampa Bay Rays
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2015, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 11–12
Earned run average 4.20
Strikeouts 144

Brandon Gomes[1] (born July 15, 1984) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2011–2015.

Amateur career[edit]

Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, Gomes attended Durfee High School. At Durfee, Gomes pitched and also played shortstop, hitting .425 with 14 home runs and 83 RBIs while also compiling a record of 19-5 with a 1.66 ERA and 287 strikeouts. Gomes, who was also a member of the National Honor Society, was Massachusetts High School Gatorade Player of the Year and also won All-State honors twice. After high school, Gomes attended Tulane University. After having a successful freshman season, Gomes had Tommy John surgery during his sophomore year, receiving a medical redshirt. As a redshirt sophomore, Gomes continued to work out of both the bullpen and starting rotation, but later became a full-time starter as a junior. As a senior, Gomes improved, going 7-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. In 2003 and 2006, Gomes played for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League, going 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA for the team in 2006.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Gomes was selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventeenth round (537th overall) of the 2007 MLB draft out of Tulane University.[3] Gomes is of Portuguese and Italian heritage.

In December 2010 Gomes was traded to The Tampa Bay Rays along with Adam Russell, Cesar Ramos and Cole Figueroa in exchange for Jason Bartlett and a player to be named later.[4]

Gomes made his major league debut on May 3, 2011.[5]

On December 23, 2015, Gomes signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. He was released on June 4, 2016.

Pitching style[edit]

Gomes has three pitches: a four-seam fastball (90-92 mph), a curveball (78-82), and a splitter (81-86). The curveball is his off-speed pitch of choice to right-handed hitters, while left-handed hitters face the splitter.[6]

Post-playing career[edit]

After his release from the Cubs, he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as Pitching Coordinator of Performance, part of the player development department.[7]


  1. ^ "Brandon Gomes Statistics and History". Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Greg (June 21, 2007). "A pitch for the 'Bigs'". The Herald News. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ SPARKLING DEBUT: Gomes throws two hitless, shutout innings for Tampa
  6. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Brandon Gomes". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Greg (November 2, 2016). "DODGER BLUE: Brandon Gomes, his playing days over, is part of the Los Angeles Dodgers player development team". The Herald News. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 

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