June 18, 1976 |
La Mirada, California
|MLB: July 23, 1998, for the Montreal Expos|
|NPB: 2001, for the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes|
|MLB: October 1, 2000, for the Montreal Expos|
|NPB: 2008, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks|
|Earned run average||5.84|
Powell was drafted out of high school by the Montreal Expos in the 4th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft and assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Expos. In 9 starts for them in 1994, he went 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 36 strikeouts. In 1995 with the Low-A Vermont Expos, he made 15 starts and had an ERA of 4.34. He also made one start for Single-A Albany, giving up 1 run in 6 innings and getting the win. Powell spent all of 1996 with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds where he went 12-9 with a 3.02 ERA, enough to earn a promotion to High-A West Palm Beach to begin 1997. With West Palm Beach, he recorded 121 strikeouts and a 3.02 ERA. In 1998 with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, he went 9-7 with an ERA of 3.00 and was promoted to the major leagues for the first time after the All-Star Break.
Powell made his major league debut on July 23, 1998, but lost despite giving up only 1 run in 6 innings. He made 6 more appearances for the Expos and ended the season with a major league ERA of 7.92. He began 1999 with Triple-A Ottawa and posted a 2.97 ERA in 16 starts. This earned him a midseason promotion, and he spent the rest of the season in the majors. He made 17 starts for the Expos with perhaps his best being 8 shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on August 9. In 2000, he struggled in both the majors and minors. With Ottawa, Powell went 5-13 with a 6.91 ERA in 25 games. With Montreal, he went 0-3 with a 7.96 ERA in 11 games. He became a free agent after the season, and signed with the San Diego Padres.
He signed with the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball where after a shaky first season, he became one of NPB's most successful pitchers. He played for the Buffaloes through 2004, winning 17, 14, and 8 games in his last three seasons with them.
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
In January 2009, Powell left Hawks and signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He is currently the pitching coach for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
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