Donnie Veal

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Donnie Veal
Donnie Veal 2012.jpg
Veal with the Chicago White Sox
Free agent
Born: (1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 32)
Jackson, Mississippi
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 7, 2009, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 3–3
Earned run average 5.48
Strikeouts 73

Donald Tyrone Veal (born September 18, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent.

Baseball career[edit]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

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.

Veal pitching for the Pirates in 2009

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Before the 2009 season, Veal was left unprotected by the Cubs, and was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2008 Rule 5 draft.[1] He spent the 2009 season on the Pirates' major league roster gaining experience in the bullpen, largely in a late-inning mop-up role.

He took part in the 2009 Arizona Fall League as a starting pitcher for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

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[edit]

Veal signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox on November 10, 2011.[2] He was called up to the big leagues on July 19, 2012. He was designated for assignment on April 17, 2014.[3]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Veal signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on November 10, 2014.[4] He was called up on April 30, 2015,[5] and designated for assignment five days later. [6][7] He was called back up on May 27 and designated for assignment again on June 1.[8] Veal was released on June 8.[9]

Long Island Ducks[edit]

Veal signed with the Long Island Ducks on July 10, 2015.

Texas Rangers[edit]

Veal signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in December 2015. He was released in April 2016.

Pitching style[edit]

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, 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.[10]


  1. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (February 21, 2009). "Pirates get to try out Rule 5 pick Veal". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gonzales, Mark (November 10, 2011). "Sox sign left-handers Veal, Quintana". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "White Sox bring up Putnam and cut Veal". Associated Press. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Braves reach deals with Almonte, Wang and Veal". Gwinnett Daily Post. November 10, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Cunningham, Michael (April 30, 2015). "Braves call up lefty Veal for bullpen help". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Braves designate Veal for assignment, recall Cunniff". Associated Press. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 5, 2015). "Braves recall Cunniff, DFA Veal". Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 1, 2015). "Braves DFA Veal, recall righty reliever Martin". Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
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  10. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Donald Veal". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 

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