Billy Sadler

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2005 Topps Update #267 Billy Sadler

William Henry Sadler IV

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Billy Sadler is a pitcher who made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants.

He played shortstop and pitcher in high school. As a Senior at Pensacola Catholic High School, he batted .452 with eight home runs and 41 runs batted in while scoring 30 runs himself. On the mound, he had a 4-1 record with three complete game shutouts.

While playing at Pensacola Junior College on March 5, 2002, Billy pitched a complete game no-hitter against Lyon College, recording 14 K's. He completed his junior college career with 41 RBI and 12 home runs and in 2002 worked 58 innings, posting a 3.68 ERA with 29 walks and 84 strikeouts.

After junior college, he moved to Louisiana State University, where he went 1-2 with 4 saves and a 3.69 ERA in 2003. He picked up a key save on May 9, 2003 versus Auburn, working two innings recording three strikeouts. He appeared in the 2003 College World Series versus Cal State Fullerton and the University of South Carolina. In his junior year, he struck out 57 batters in 44 innings and limited opponents to a .221 average, though, drawing interest, and was chosen in the sixth round of the 2003 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants. He was signed by scout Tom Korenek and made his pro debut that summer.

Sadler debuted in mid-level class A, throwing in 12 games for the Hagerstown Suns and saving one. He had no wins, no losses and a 4.80 ERA while walking almost a batter per inning. He split 2004 between the San Jose Giants (2-2, 2.38 in 30 games, only a .154 opponent average, 66 K, 40 BB, 29 H in 56 2/3 IP) and the Norwich Navigators (0-3, 3.86 in 17 games, .208 opponent average, 18 BB in 30 1/3 IP).

Sadler spent all of 2005 with Norwich, going 6-5 with 5 saves and a 3.31 ERA. He allowed a .208 average, holding left-handed batters to a .146 average, and struck out almost a batter per inning. He averaged almost 1.8 innings per appearance.

In 20066, Billy was with the Connecticut Defenders for most of the season. He had a 4-3 record, 20 saves and a 2.56 ERA in 44 outings. He allowed only 23 hits in 45 2/3 IP, walking 29 and striking out 67. In 7 games for the Fresno Grizzlies, the right-hander went 2-0 with a save and a 1.80 ERA, allowing just 5 hits in 10 innings, whiffing 12 while walking two. He finished the year with San Francisco, allowing 3 runs in four innings with the 2006 Giants, though he struck out six. Overall, he had a 3.05 ERA in the minors but just a .183 opponent average and 260 K in 242 IP.

Sources include 2004-2007 Baseball Almanacs,

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