Duane Below

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Duane Below
Duane Below on July 14, 2012.jpg
Below with the Detroit Tigers
Somerset Patriots – No. 36
Starting pitcher
Born: (1985-11-15) November 15, 1985 (age 33)
Britton, Michigan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: July 20, 2011, for the Detroit Tigers
KBO: August 8, 2013, for the Kia Tigers
NPB: September 16, 2015, for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record2–4
Earned run average4.27
KBO statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record3-2
Earned run average4.02
NPB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record0-1
Earned run average33.75

Duane Arthur Below (/ˈbl/ BEE-loh; born November 15, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers. Below has also played in the KBO League for the Kia Tigers and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

Professional career[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

Prior to playing professionally, Below attended Britton-Macon Area School District, in Britton, Michigan and Lake Michigan College. He was drafted by the Tigers in the 19th round of the 2006 amateur draft and began his professional career that year. He is the first player from Britton to be on a major league roster.

Below pitched for two teams in 2006, the GCL Tigers (15 games) and the Oneonta Tigers (two games). Overall, he went 2–0 with a 2.09 ERA in 17 games (six starts). In 2007, he pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps, going 13–5 with a 2.97 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 160 batters in 145⅔ innings. With the Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2008, he went 8–7 with a 4.46 ERA in 27 games (26 starts). He split 2009 between Lakeland (six games) and the Erie SeaWolves (two games), going 2–4 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts overall. With Erie again in 2010, he went 7–12 with a 4.93 ERA in 28 starts.[1]

Following the reassignment of Charlie Furbush from the Tigers to the Toledo Mud Hens, Below was called up to assume a starting vacancy. Below took the place on the active roster spot for Adam Wilk, while Casper Wells was reassigned to allow Furbush to return to the bullpen. Below made his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics on July 20, 2011, allowing one earned run in five innings. Below earned a no-decision in the game.[2] Below went 0–2 in 14 games in 2011.

In 2012, Below was on the opening roster for the Tigers for the first time in his career, made available after an injury to Luis Marte.[3] In his first two appearances of the season, Below earned wins in relief against the Boston Red Sox. On April 7, he won in relief of Doug Fister, who left the game early after a left-side strain. The next day, he earned a win after retiring one batter in the 11th inning.

The Tigers designated Below for assignment on April 24, 2013.[4]

Miami Marlins[edit]

Below was claimed off waivers on April 25, 2013, by the Miami Marlins, who assigned him to Triple-A.[5]

Second stint with the Tigers[edit]

Below signed a minor league deal to return to the Tigers on December 11, 2013.

Kia Tigers[edit]

Below signed with the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization in August 2013.

New York Mets[edit]

On February 7, 2015, Below signed a Minor League deal with the New York Mets.[6] Below spent the entire 2015 season with the Las Vegas 51s with a 4-3 record, 2.19 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over 49.1 innings pitched. On December 14, 2015, Below signed back with the Mets.[7]

Yokohama DeNA BayStars[edit]

Below signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars for the 2015 season.

Somerset Patriots[edit]

Below signed with the Somerset Patriots for the 2017 season. He re-signed for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Pitching style[edit]

Below's primary pitch is a four-seam fastball at 89–92 mph. He also throws a slider (85–88), a 12–6 curveball (78–82), a changeup (84–86). His repertoire against left-handed hitters is mostly fastball-slider-curveball, while against right-handers he substitutes the changeup for the curveball. His pitches have below-average whiff rates, and his K/9 rate is 5.1.[8][9]


  1. ^ "BR Minors". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Star, Jon (July 19, 2011). "Tigers call up Below to face A's". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Schmehl, James (April 5, 2012). "Opening Day lineup: Prince Fielder makes Detroit Tigers debut, Justin Verlander takes mound". Mlive. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Iott, Chris (April 24, 2013). "Detroit Tigers designate left-hander Duane Below for assignment to make room for Jose Valverde". Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Marlins claim ex-Tiger Duane Below off waivers". The Detroit News. April 25, 2013. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Duane Below signs minor league deal with Mets". Rising Apple. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mets' Duane Below: Signs minors deal with invite to spring training". CBSSports.com. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Duane Below". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "Duane Below Statistics and History – Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 28, 2012.

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