June 3, 1981 |
|September 3, 2008, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 25, 2009, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||1.50|
Richard Lambert Rundles (born June 3, 1981) is a retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and 2009. From 1999 to 2007, Rundles played in minor league baseball with six different organizations. He is currently the pitching coach for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Through 836 minor-league innings, Rundles compiled a 3.39 ERA. He has always had good control, since being a third-round pick out of high school in 1999. As a starter in Class A ball a year later, he walked 13 while fanning 114 in 132 innings. Various injuries stalled his development—until signing with the Indians as a minor-league free agent in January 2007. The Tribe moved Rundles to the bullpen in an attempt to avoid his durability issues.
Sent to Double-A Akron in '07, Rundles went 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA and two saves in 23 games, 21 of which were out of the bullpen. That earned him his first call to Triple-A, where he was 2-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 relief outings at Buffalo. Rundles then went to the 2007 Arizona Fall League to continue his transition to relief. In limited work, he allowed one run in 8 2⁄3 innings (1.04 ERA) over eight outings.
On July 2, 2008, Rundles was named to the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game as the Buffalo Bisons lone representative. He was called up to the majors on September 1, 2008, and made his debut on September 3, walking the only batter he faced.
Since his September call-up Rundles has a total of 6 strikeouts, 2 walks, and giving up 1 earned run through 4 1⁄3 innings of work from the bullpen. Rundles has appeared in 7 games for the Tribe compiling a 2.08 ERA.
He was released by St. Louis Cardnials organization May 31, 2011.
On June 7, 2012 the Baltimore Orioles purchased Rundles contract from the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Orioles released Rundles in April 2013.