David Welch (baseball)

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David Welch
Sydney Blue Sox – No. 45
Born: (1983-06-02) 2 June 1983 (age 35)
Bats: Right Throws: Left
ABL debut
6 November, 2010, for the Sydney Blue Sox
ABL statistics
(through 2010–11)
Win–loss record 5–0
Earned run average 1.44
Strikeouts 59
Career highlights and awards
  • ABL Pitcher of the Year (2010–11)
  • ABL Pitcher of the Week (2010–11, Weeks 3 & 6)

David John Welch (born 2 June 1983, in Sydney) is a professional baseball pitcher in the who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 20th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

In 2005, he played for the Rookie-League Helena Brewers. He was promoted to the Class-A West Virginia Power in 2006, where he was tied for the South Atlantic League lead with one shutout. He was placed on the disabled list on 2 June with back spasms and was reinstated on 15 June.

Welch's 2007 season was spent with the Class-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees where he allowed the fewest baserunners per game by a starter in the Florida State League (FSL). He recorded the ninth-lowest ERA (ERA) with a 3.43 clip in the FSL. He allowed the second-fewest walks per nine innings and fifth-best ERA as a starter in the FSL. He went 6–7 with a 3.43 ERA in 29 games, 20 starts, and led the team in innings pitched with 120​23 innings. He was placed on the disabled list on 13 April with a concussion and was reinstated on 23 April.

Welch spent the 2008 season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars. He went 11–4 with a 3.90 ERA in 26 games, all starts. He had one shutout. Welch played all of the 2009 season in Huntsville. He was released by the Brewers during spring training 2010.[1]

Sydney Blue Sox[edit]

Welch was an integral part of the Sydney rotation along with Chris Oxspring. He finished the regular season with a league best 5–0 record with a 1.44 ERA. Welch threw a no-hitter against the Adelaide Bite in game one of the preliminary final series, the first in Australian Baseball League history.[2]

David was expected to resign either in the US, Japan or Korea during 2011,[3] but on 18 July 2011 announced his retirement from professional baseball.[4]

International baseball[edit]

In 2009, he was selected to play in the 2009 Baseball World Cup and posted an Australian record 13 strikeouts in only 7 innings against Chinese Taipei.[5]


  1. ^ McCalvy, Adam. "A true day-off." Major League Baseball. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ Sydney thrashes Adelaide 8–0 Ninemsn
  3. ^ Welch finds right pitch to tempt Asian clubs Sydney Morning Herald
  4. ^ David Welch Retires Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Australian Baseball Digest
  5. ^ 19 September 2009. IBAF Notes on 10th Day of Baseball World Cup, International Baseball Federation. Accessed 21 September 2009.

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