Veal with the Chicago White Sox
September 18, 1984 |
|April 7, 2009 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through May 4, 2015)
|Earned run average||5.16|
Donald Tyrone Veal (born September 18, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox.
Veal was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Veal had previously pitched in the Pac-10 for the University of Arizona, before transferring.
Before the 2009 season, Veal was left unprotected by the Cubs, and was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2008 Rule 5 draft. He spent the 2009 season on the Pirates' major league roster gaining experience in the bullpen, largely in a late-inning mop-up role.
After beginning 2010 with the Class AAA Indianapolis Indians, Veal was sidelined with an arm injury in late May. It was further diagnosed that he would require Tommy John surgery and missed the remainder of the season.
Chicago White Sox
Veal signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on November 10, 2014. He was called up on April 30, 2015, and designated for assignment five days later.  He was called back up on May 27.
Veal throws mainly two pitches—a four-seam fastball at 91–94 mph, used to set up a curveball at 77–79 mph. He also throws a small amount of changeups to right-handed hitters, as well has a handful of two-seam fastballs. As of September 10, 2012[update], Veal's excellent curve has resulted in most of his strikeouts carries a whiff rate of 49%, as well as a ground ball/fly ball ratio of 7:1.
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- "Braves designate Veal for assignment, recall Cunniff". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Bowman, Mark (May 5, 2015). "Braves recall Cunniff, DFA Veal". MLB.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
- "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Donald Veal". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)