Bo Schultz

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Bo Schultz made his major league debut in 2014.

Schultz did not play his first two years in college. He was 0-2 with a 8.82 ERA and a WHIP over 2 as a junior. His senior year, he was 3-8 with a 9.23 ERA and more walks than strikeouts. He led the Big Ten Conference in losses. Despite his poor collegiate record, he was able to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland A's.

He was 4-3 with a 5.24 ERA the summer of 2008 with the AZL Athletics. With the 2009 Vancouver Canadians, he had a 2-3, 2.66 record in 26 games, striking out 48 in 44 IP and holding opponents to a .185 average. He tied for fourth in the Northwest League in losses. In 2010, he was 6-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 41 outings for the Kane County Cougars, allowing a .208 average (.173 against righties). His 10 hit batsmen were tied for 9th in the Midwest League. During 2011, he struggled with the Stockton Ports (14 R in 6 2/3 IP, 1 Sv) and was let go by Oakland. Signed by the independent Grand Prairie AirHogs, he was 4-3 with a save and a 4.12 ERA in 37 games.

The Arizona Diamondbacks decided to give the right-hander another shot in the affiliated minors. He split 2012 between the Visalia Oaks (4-2, 11 Sv, 4.50 in 29 G) and Mobile Bay Bears (2-3, 2.11 in 17 G). He was third among Diamondbacks farmhands in saves, behind Jonathan Albaladejo and Evan Marshall. He added one save and pitched four shutout innings in the playoffs. In 2013, he was with Mobile (5-4, 1 Sv, 2.86 in 20 G) and the AAA Reno Aces (0-2, 5.49 in 17 G). His 14 wild pitches were 4th-most in the Arizona farm system. He had a 3-0, 3.09 record in the Arizona Fall League. He tied Grayson Garvin, Sam Gaviglio, Matt Purke and Miguel Pena for third in the AFL in wins, behind only Sammy Solis and Dallas Beeler.

He made his big league debut in Australia, pitching for the Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 23, 2014. He pitched a scoreless inning in relief in the 7-5 loss, giving up a hit. He entered with his team trailing, 7-0, and allowed a single to Hanley Ramirez but then retired Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis in order. Tuffy Gosewisch batted for him in the bottom of the inning. When the D-Backs returned to the U.S. and had to cut a couple of players from their roster, he was sent back to AAA, however, and did not make his next big league appearance until July 29th. He went 0-1, 7.88 in 4 games that first season. At the end of the year, he was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Schultz pitched for the Blue Jays in both 2015 and 2016. The first season was the best, as he made 31 appearances with an ERA of 3.56. He was 0-1 but picked up his first (and so far only) big league save in pitching 42 innings. In 2016, he again went 0-1, but with a 5.51 ERA in 16 appearances. He also spent time in AAA with the Buffalo Bisons both years, going 2-1, 1.69 with 7 saves in 16 games 2015, and 3-2, 3.74 with 2 saves in 26 games in 2016. That year, he also pitched briefly in Class A and AA on rehabilitation assignments. He then missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of spring training.

Schultz signed as free agent by with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in January of 2018 and began his comeback in Class A with the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League. In 8 appearances, he gave up 2 hits and no runs in 10 2/3 innings and was promoted to the AAA Indianapolis Indians at the end of April.


Further Reading[edit]

  • Patrick Sauer: "Bo Schultz's long road from Williamsburg bar softball to the American League East", Vice Sports, February 18, 2015. [1]

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