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Aaron Poreda
San Diego Padres — No. 44
Relief pitcher
Born: October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01) (age 23)
Walnut Creek, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
June 12, 2009 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Win-Loss     1-0
Earned run average     2.70
Innings     13.1
Strikeouts     12

Aaron Anderman Poreda (born October 1, 1986, in Walnut Creek, California) is a 6' 6" left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres.

A first round draft pick, he debuted in the major leagues at the age of 22 with the Chicago White Sox. He was traded that same season to the San Diego Padres.


Early life

Poreda grew up in Moraga, California.[1] He attended Campolindo High School, where he played baseball and was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the DFAL in 2004. He also played football for the Cougars, and was named second team All-DFAL defensive line.

College career

Poreda played college baseball at the University of San Francisco. He finished the 2005 season 2-0, with a 2.16 ERA (the fifth-lowest in team history) in 14 appearances including 2 starts.[2]

Poreda was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 19-25, 2006, during his sophomore year. He tossed the first complete game of his career, allowing one run off five hits and struck out a career-high nine.[3] In 2006 he appeared in 18 games (17 as starts), and posted an 8-5 record with a team-best and WCC-best 2.49 ERA. In the NCAA regional he pitche the team to a 5-1 victory over No. 6 national seed Nebraska.

For his college career, he started 33 of 46 games, going 17-11 with 167 strikeouts.

Poreda was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (25th overall) in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.

Minor leagues

Poreda was named Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week on September 4, 2007, while pitching for the Rookie-level Great Falls White Sox. For the season with the team, he went 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA.

In 2008 while playing for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League Poreda was named one of the AFL Rising Stars.

Poreda was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week on May 11, 2009, while pitching for the Birmingham Barons.

In his minor league career through August 18, 2009, he was 17-15 with a 2.98 ERA, and in 295 innings was averaging 7.6 hits, 3.1 walks, and 7.8 strikeouts per 9 innings.

Major leagues


Chicago White Sox (2009)

On May 21, 2009, the San Diego Padres struck a 4-for-1 deal with the White Sox for Jake Peavy, which reportedly included Poreda and Chicago's other top pitching prospect, Clayton Richard. Peavy, however, invoked his no-trade clause to block the trade.[4]

Poreda was called up to the majors for the first time on June 9, 2009.[5] On June 12, 2009, he made his debut against the Milwaukee Brewers. Poreda picked up his first career win on June 25, 2009, after pitching a perfect 13th in the Sox' extra-innings win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6] He went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances with the White Sox before being optioned back to the minors on July 21.

San Diego Padres (2009-present)

On July 31, 2009, Poreda and Clayton Richard, Adam Russell, and Dexter Carter were traded to the San Diego Padres for Jake Peavy.[7]


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Aaron Poreda (born January 10, 1986 in San Francisco, California) is a 6' 6", 240lbs, left handed starting pitcher<ref> Draft Report for Aaron Poreda</ref> who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball 25th overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.<ref> 2007 Draft Tracker</ref> He attended Campolindo High School in Moraga, California and graduated in 2004. He played college baseball at the University of San Francisco. Aaron is currently pitching for the Great Falls White Sox, the rookie ball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Aaron Poreda is a hard thrower, perhaps the hardest thrower in the White Sox organisation, his fastball tops out at 97 mph and has a good sinking action on it. He also throws a slider and a change-up but both need a lot of work before than can be considered 'Major League ready' pitches. One of his main stengths is his ability to control and locate his fastball. Aaron has the potential to become a middle to front end starter for the Chicago White Sox or any other Major League team.

Aaron Poreda made his first start for the Great Falls White Sox on June 23, 2007 when he pitched 4 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits, walking 0 and striking out 5. He was not eligible for the win as he only pitched 4 innings<ref> Box score of Poreda's first MiLB start</ref>.



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