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April 16, 1979 |
|September 3, 2002, for the Florida Marlins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 25, 2004, for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||6.13|
In his freshman year studying economics at Stanford University in 1998, Wayne's record as a relief pitcher was 6–0 with 6 saves. He was named by Collegiate Baseball to their first freshman All-American team and by The Sporting News as second team Freshman All-American. In his sophomore year, Wayne became a starting pitcher, and had a 10–0 record. His team finished in third place at the College World Series. In 2000, Wayne was named co-Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, with a 15–4 record and a 3.21 ERA, with Stanford reaching the finals of the College World Series. Wayne had 363 strikeouts while playing at Stanford, tied for first in that statistic.
Minor league career
Wayne was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 9th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. After being chosen 5th overall by the Montreal Expos in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft, he decided to forego his senior season at Stanford to start his baseball career.
Pitching for the Portland Sea Dogs in 2002, he was voted the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 28 after tossing a complete game two-hit shutout against the Bowie Baysox, striking out six batters and not walking anybody in the 2–0 win. Pitching at Harrisurg, where he spent most of the season, he went 5–2 with a 2.37 ERA in 17 starts, giving up only 6.75 hits per 9 innings.
In August 2006, Wayne signed with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League. In 10 appearances, Wayne pitched 18 innings, gave up 6 earned runs, walked 17, struck out 9, won 1, lost 2, and had a 3.00 ERA. He held opponents to a .197 batting average.
Major league career
In July 2002, he was traded by the Expos with Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, Donald Levinski, and Carl Pavano to the Florida Marlins for Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, Claudio Vargas, and cash. He debuted in the major leagues in 2002 at the age of 22. In 2002, over 23.2 innings opposing hitters batted .244 against him. He held batters to a .154 batting average in tie games.
From 2002–2004, Wayne was 5–8 for the Marlins, while he held batters to a .048 batting average and .095 slugging percentage with 2 outs and runners in scoring position.
In May 2005, he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals. The following month, they released him before he saw any action.
For his major league career through 2007, he held batters to only 1 hit in 25 plate appearances with 2 out and runners in scoring position.
Wayne is Jewish and majored in economics at Stanford. He finished his degree in 3 1/3 years.
His brother, Hawkeye, played baseball at Columbia and signed with the Seattle Mariners after being drafted in the 11th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. Their father, Jeffrey, played baseball at SUNY Buffalo.
After retiring from Professional Baseball, he spent 3 1/2 years in Finance before focusing on the Medical Industry. He has continued in this field and is now a Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of SMART Lab, located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
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