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Kip Wells

Wells with the Reds in 2009
Free Agent — No. --
Born: April 21, 1977 (1977-04-21) (age 32)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 2, 1999 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through September 23, 2009)
Win-Loss     67-98
Earned run average     4.68
Strikeouts     943

Robert "Kip" Wells (born April 21, 1977 in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He bats and throws right-handed.


High school career

Wells attended Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas and was a baseball star and an honor roll student. In baseball, he won All-State and All-America honors after his Senior year (1995)[1]. He was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 58th round of the Major League Baseball Draft that June. He did not sign with the Brewers; instead, he went to Baylor University.

College career

He posted a career record of 21-14 for the Baylor Bears with a 5.17 ERA and 288 strikeouts in three collegiate seasons and was 1998 2nd Team All-America, 1998 Big 12 1st Team, 1998 All-Region, 1999 Pre Season All America 2nd Team. He also played with the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 1997[2]. He went 5-6 with a 1.92 ERA, 49 strikeouts and five saves to earn the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect Award.

Pro career


Chicago White Sox

Wells was the first round (16th overall) draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his first major league appearance with the White Sox the following year. In his debut against the Detroit Tigers, Wells went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs and 1 earned run while walking 2 and striking out 4 for his first Major League victory[3]

Pittsburgh Pirates

After the 2001 season, in which he split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, Wells was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As of the end of the 2005 season, Wells had a 55-69 record and a 4.36 ERA after 188 games over the course of seven seasons. Wells led the league in losses in 2005, going 8-18 on a Pirates team that went 72-90.

On March 1, 2006, Wells announced he would have surgery to remove a blood clot in his right arm[4]. The surgery was performed on March 6, and he returned to the field on June 19, 2006.

During his time with the Pirates, Wells once hit a 450 foot home run to dead center field at PNC Park.

Texas Rangers

At the trade deadline in 2006, Wells was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Texas Rangers for Jesse Chavez. [1]

St. Louis Cardinals

Wells as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007.
Wells with the Nationals in 2009.
Wells (right) with former Pirates teammate Mike Gonzalez in 2009.

On November 28, 2006, Kip Wells signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He struggled in the first half, going 3-11 with an ERA of 5.92 and getting demoted to the bullpen right before the All-Star break. After the All-Star Break, he was a little better, posting a 4-6 record. He made a promising start against the Florida Marlins on July 18, when he threw eight shutout innings in a 6-0 Cardinals win.[5] At the conclusion of the 2007 season, Wells' record was 7-17 with an ERA of 5.70.

Colorado Rockies

On December 13, 2007, he signed with the Colorado Rockies. Wells began the 2008 season compiling a 2.29 ERA in ten games with 16 strikeouts as the primary long relief pitcher out of the bullpen. However, on April 30, Wells was placed on the disabled list with blood clots in his pitching hand. On August 10, 2008 the Rockies designated him for assignment and was eventually released.

Kansas City Royals

Wells signed with the Kansas City Royals on August 18, 2008.

Washington Nationals

On March 11, 2009, Wells signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[6] He was brought up to the majors to pitch out of the bullpen, but was ineffective, posting a 6.49 ERA in 26.1 innings before being placed on the disabled list with a right adductor strain on June 2. He was again designated for assignment on June 24.

Cincinnati Reds

On July 9, 2009, Wells signed a deal with Cincinnati Reds Triple A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.[7]

In August Wells was promoted to the Reds once again pitching in major league baseball. The Reds used Wells in the role of a long reliever as well as a fill-in starter.


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