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Ian Snell

Ian Snell during his tenure with the Pirates.
Seattle Mariners — No. 48
Starting pitcher
Born: October 30, 1981 (1981-10-30) (age 28)
Dover, Delaware
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 20, 2004 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     38-48
Earned run average     4.71
Strikeouts     613
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Ian Dante Snell (born October 30, 1981 in Dover, Delaware) is a pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners. He throws and bats right-handed. From 2001-2003, he went by the name Ian Oquendo, adopting the last name of his wife.[1] and during the 2009 World Baseball Classic he went by Ian Davila-Snell, adopting his stepfather's surname. He throws a mid-90s fastball, along with a curveball, slider and changeup.

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Professional career

After being a standout pitcher at Caesar Rodney High School, Snell made his professional debut with the rookie league Gulf Coast Pirates in 2000 following being selected by the Pirates in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He made his debut on July 17, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against the GCL Expos.

In 2001, Snell split the season between the GCL Pirates and the Short Season-A New York - Penn League, Williamsport Crosscutters.

Snell played the 2002 season with the South Atlantic League Champion Hickory Crawdads, a Single-A club. There he ranked fourth among league pitchers in strikeouts and seventh in ERA.

In 2003, when Snell went 14-4 with a 3.00 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 26 minor league starts, split between Single-A Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona, he was named the Pirates organizational Pitcher-of-the-Year.

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2004

Snell spent the majority of his 2004 season with Altoona. He set a single-season Curve record and finished second in the league with 142 strikeouts. He was later called up to the Pirates, making his major league debut on August 20 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In his debut, he surrendered one hit (a solo home run to John Mabry), three walks and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work. He was optioned back to Altoona, but was recalled again on September 21, after Altoona's season ended.

2005

In 2005, Snell split the season between the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, going 11-3 with a 3.70 ERA, and the Pirates. While with the Indians, he pitched a no-hitter on May 15 against the Norfolk Tides. He was named the International League pitcher of the week twice, for the weeks ending May 1 and May 15. He made 2 separate appearances for the Pirates, from June 26-August 16 and again from September 12 to the end of the season. He appeared in 15 games, including 5 starts. His first win came September 19, against Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. In this game, he allowed only three singles in eight innings of work.[2] It would be his only win in 2005, though, as he finished the season 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA in over 42 innings.

2006

In 2006, Snell won 14 games, the most for Pittsburgh in several seasons, while losing 11 and leading the team in strikeouts.

2007

On January 28, 2007, the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association honored Snell as the "John J. Brady Athlete of the Year", an award given annually to the best athlete from Delaware.[3]

2008

On March 16, 2008, Snell agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Pirates worth at least $8 million, including club options for 2011 and 2012.

Snell's 2008 season was disappointing, as he finished the season with a 5.42 ERA and a record of 7-12. Snell had the worst OBP-against in the majors (.385), and led the NL in triples given up for 2008, with 9.[1][2]

On December 31, 2008, it was announced that Snell, whose stepfather is of Puerto Rican ancestry, would play for Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[4][5]

2009

In 2009, Snell is 2-8 with an ERA of 5.36.

Snell was demoted to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on June 24, per his request.[6] In his first Triple-A appearance on June 28, Snell struck out 17 of 21 batters that he faced, while allowing only 2 hits.

Snell's disappointing 2008-09 results for the major-league Pirates were widely attributed to depression and to disenchantment with his environment. [7]

On July 29, 2009, Snell and Shortstop Jack Wilson were traded to the Seattle Mariners for Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeño, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin, and Nathan Adcock. On July 31, the Mariners recalled Snell to take the roster spot of pitcher Jarrod Washburn, who had been traded earlier that same day.[8] In seven starts with the Mariners, he boasts a 4-1 record.

References

  1. ^ An Opening for Oquendo By John Perrotto, Pirate Report Online, Sept. 3, 2003, saved at the Internet Archive Sept. 7, 2003
  2. ^ BASEBALL: ROUNDUP; Red Sox' Lead Falls to Half-Game - New York Times
  3. ^ "New level, same swagger for Snell", Scott Lauber, the Wilmington News Journal, published January 29, 2007, accessed January 30, 2007.
  4. ^ Jenifer Langosch (2008-12-31). "Snell to pitch for Puerto Rico in Classic". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081231&content_id=3730489&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2009-01-01.  
  5. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  6. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (2009-06-26). "Was Snell's demotion final farewell to Pirates?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09177/979953-63.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-27.  
  7. ^ "Ian Snell's New Hope". seattlesportsinsider.com. 2009-07-30. http://seattlesportsinsider.com/news/ian-snells-new-hope. Retrieved 2009-07-30.  
  8. ^ "Mariners call up Snell to replace Washburn". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-07-31. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=At0zJbN04fm4P0yRQHiCakAn0bYF?slug=ap-marinerssnell&prov=ap&type=lgns. Retrieved 2009-07-31.  

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