Mike Ballard

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Mike Ballard
Brother Elephants – No. 69
Pitcher
Born: (1984-02-06) February 6, 1984 (age 31)
Norfolk, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
2013 for the Brother Elephants
Teams

Michael Aaron "Mike" Ballard (born February 6, 1984) is a professional baseball pitcher, who is currently playing for the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Baseball career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Ballard went to Ocean Lakes High School, where he led the team to a second place finish in the 2001 Virginia AAA State Tournament, setting a school record in ERA with a 0.69 ERA. He was drafted in the 50th round, 1474th overall, in the 2002 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but he decided to go to the University of Virginia.[1] His 2003 season was cut short due to injury, where, in his seven starts, he had a 1.93 ERA in 7 starts. He missed all of 2004 due to injury. He was solid in 2005, where he went 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA over 15 starts. He was drafted again by the Minnesota Twins, in the 47th round, 1415th overall, of the 2005 Draft, but decided to stay for his senior year. His senior year was less impressive, with a 4.09 ERA, despite having a 9-3 record and two complete games. He was drafted in the 14th round, 418th overall, by the Texas Rangers in the 2006 MLB Draft, and decided to sign.[2]

Professional career[edit]

He started 2006 with Short-Season Spokane, where he went 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA. He started 2007 with Single-A Clinton, where he went 9-4 before earning a promotion to High-A Bakersfield. He started 2008 with Double-A Frisco, where he went 8-3 before earning a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma. He split 2009 with Frisco and newly renamed Oklahoma City. He spent all of 2010 with Oklahoma City after earning a spring training visit. In the offseason, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a minor league free agent. He started the season with Triple-A Norfolk, but was demoted to Double-A Bowie after a 4.91 ERA.[3]

On July 31, 2011, Ballard was called up to replace the struggling Jason Berken.[4] However, he never appeared in a game.

On December 27, 2011, Ballard signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals with an invite to spring training. He signed with the CPBL's Brother Elephants for the 2013 season.[5]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Associated Press (2011-07-31). "Orioles demote RHP Berken, call up lefties Ballard and Viola". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Where Are They Now: Mike Ballard". Minor League Baseball. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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