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Anthony Lerew

Kansas City Royals — No. 54
Born: October 28, 1982 (1982-10-28) (age 27)
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 4, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     0-3
Earned run average     6.69
Strikeouts     22

Anthony Allen Lerew (born October 28, 1982 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.


Lerew was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. After 4 seasons in the Braves minor league system, he debuted on September 4, 2005, in a home game against the Cincinnati Reds[1]. In the 2005 season, Lerew recorded no wins, no losses, 5 strikeouts, and a 5.62 ERA in 7 games, all of which were relief outings.

On February 23, 2006, the Braves signed Lerew to a one-year deal. A month later, on February 23, he was optioned to the Triple-A Richmond Braves. With Richmond, Lerew compiled a 3-5 record with a 7.48 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 16 games, 15 of which he started.

The Braves called up Lerew from Richmond on September 1, 2006. He made his '06 debut the next day, making a relief appearance in the fifth inning. Lerew pitched 2 innings, allowing 5 runs and striking out 1 batter. He was sent back down to the Richmond Braves on September 4, having appeared in only 1 game.

On May 8, 2007, Lerew made his first big-league start for Atlanta when he was called up from Richmond yet again, this time to replace Mark Redman in a game against the San Diego Padres. He was later sent down to Richmond again.

On June 20, 2007, Lerew underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He recovered from surgery in Southern Florida, at the Braves extended spring training site. Once recovered, he spent the rest of 2008 pitching for the Gulf Coast Braves and with Triple-A Richmond.

On March 5, 2009, Lerew was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room on the roster for Tom Glavine, and was released 5 days later. On March 18, Lerew signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Lerew spent the 2009 minor league season with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He was called up to the Royals as a September callup, making his Royals debut on September 24, 2009.


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