Andrew Baldwin

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Biographical Information[edit]

Andrew Baldwin has been a minor league pitcher. He is the nephew of John Hiller.

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round of the 2004 Amateur Draft, he was the second pitcher they chose that year, after third-rounder J.A. Happ. Baldwin was signed by scout Tim Kissner and assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs, he struggled at 4-6, 5.17 with a .323 opponent average. His 96 hits allowed led the New York-Penn League. In 2005, he was 5-12 with a 4.77 ERA as a workhorse for the last-place Lakewood BlueClaws. Andy led the South Atlantic League with 168 innings pitched. In 2006, he began with the Clearwater Threshers, going 8-8 with a 4.04 ERA and just 22 walks in 147 innings. Baldwin was sent to the Seattle Mariners with Andrew Barb on August 19, 2006 for the venerable Jamie Moyer. While Barb fizzled, Baldwin would reach AAA and Moyer would have several more good years left.

Baldwin had a 2-1, 0.82 record in three starts for the Inland Empire 66ers following the trade. In 2007, he was 5-12 with a 4.23 ERA for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, with a scant 19 walks in 166 innings. Opponents hit .292 against him and he led M's farmhands in losses, though. He led the Southern League in innings pitched.

Moving up to the Tacoma Rainiers in 2008, Andy had a 10-5, 4.75 record and .295 opponent average. He led Mariners farmhands in wins and innings pitched. In 2009, he returned to Tacoma and was 6-11 despite lowering his ERA to 4.57.He led Seattle minor leaguers in losses and tied for the most innings (152). He cut his opponent average, as well, down to .270. With Tacoma for a third year in a row in 2010, the veteran minor leaguer was 9-7 with a 4.90 ERA. In 2011, he moved to the Rochester Red Wings in the Minnesota Twins chain but did not do well (7-13, 5.51). He tied Rick Vanden Hurk for third in the 2011 International League in losses, one behind co-leaders and Rochester teammates Eric Hacker and Scott Diamond.

Baldwin then moved away from US leagues for a spell. In 2012, he pitched for the Rieleros de Aguascalientes (3-2, 6.29) and Saraperos de Saltillo (2-4, 4.22), placing fifth in the Mexican League with 155 hits allowed (between Roberto Ramirez and Sergio Mora). For 2013, he signed with Italy's Rimini club; on Opening Day, he allowed only an unearned run (albeit on seven hits) in 4 1/3 IP before being relieved by Enorbel Marquez in a rout of the Godo Knights. Due to his early exit, he got a no-decision. He fared poorly in four starts for Rimini (0-1, 5.41, .351/.456/.421 opponent batting line, 2.29 WHIP) and was let go in favor of Yorman Bazardo. He was one bad spot on an excellent Rimini staff that was otherwise 11-1 with a 1.04 ERA, with Roberto Corradini and Marquez leading the way. In fact, he had allowed 8 of the team's 14 earned runs through the season's first 14 games.

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