Buddy Baumann

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George Charles Baumann

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Reliever Buddy Baumann began his professional career in 2009 and reached the majors in 2016.

Baumann was 3-3 with a 2.83 ERA as a high school sophomore, 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA as a junior and 10-2 with a 1.43 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 78 innings as a senior, earning All-State honors in Illinois. He had a 4.85 ERA and .218 opponent average as a college freshman. He was 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA for the St. Cloud Riverbats that summer, winning All-Star honors. He had a 6-4, 4.66 record as a sophomore. With the Brewster Whitecaps, he went 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA, finishing 8th in the Cape Cod League in ERA, between Nick McCully and Bryce Stowell. He was 11-1 with a 3.23 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings as a junior, becoming the third pitcher in school annals to post a 11-win season. He led the Missouri Valley Conference in wins and was second in strikeouts, winning MVC Pitcher of the Year honors. He tied for 10th in NCAA Division I in wins and tied for 32nd in strikeouts. He was named second-team Collegiate Baseball All-American behind Stephen Strasburg, Mike Leake, A.J. Morris, Louis Coleman, Deck McGuire, Daniel Bubona and Addison Reed.

Buddy was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 7th round of the 2009 amateur draft, one pick ahead of Ian Krol, and was signed by scout Scott Melvin. He allowed three runs (one earned) in five innings for the Burlington Royals that summer, firing three wild pitches. In 2010, he was 4-2 with four saves and a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. He struck out 113 batters in 100 1/3 innings. He was 4th in the Carolina League in whiffs behind Randall Delgado, J.J. Hoover and Brad Peacock. He tied Chris Dwyer for 8th in the Royals chain in that department. In 2011, he was less effective: 4-3, 2 saves, 4.29 in 25 games for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and 0-1 with 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings for the AZL Royals. The lefty went 3-2 with two saves and a 4.12 ERA for Northwest Arkansas in 2012, walking 33 in 59 innings. In 2013, he was 3-0 with a save and a 2.55 ERA in 32 games split between the Naturals (0 R in 4 innings) and Triple A Omaha Storm Chasers (3-0, a save, 2.76 in 30 games). He fanned 72 batters in 53 innings. He allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings for the Toros del Este in the 2013-2014 Dominican League. With Omaha all of 2014, he was 2-4 with two saves and a 3.20 ERA in 40 games (11 starts). He had a better winter with the Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan League (2.29 ERA in 8 games). He was 3-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 77 innings for Omaha in 2015, striking out 84. He missed time as he joined Team USA for the 2015 Pan American Games, in which he had a 4.16 ERA in four outings. He tied for second on the staff in appearances, two behind David Huff. In the Gold Medal game, he relieved Josh Hader in the 5th with a 3-3 tie against Team Canada. He allowed four hits and one run (a fly from Jordan Lennerton scoring Pete Orr) in 2 2/3 innings against the hosts before Casey Coleman relieved. The US would tie it to get him off the hook but they fell, 7-6, in extra innings to settle for a Silver Medal. He allowed two runs in four innings for the 2015-2016 Tiburones.

Baumann became a free agent following the 2015 season, but was signed by the San Diego Padres to a major league contract. He was injured entering the 2016 campaign, having been placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 20. Activated, he joined the El Paso Chihuahuas and did well (1-0, a save, 1.06 in 13 games, 9 hits in 17 innings) to earn his first trip to the big leagues after the Padres dealt Drew Pomeranz away. In his MLB debut, he relieved Luis Perdomo in the top of the 5th with a 5-3 lead, two outs and a man on second. He retired Brandon Crawford on a grounder, then was relieved by Carlos Villanueva to open the 6th. He spent parts of three seasons with the Friars and was designated for assignment in April 2018, catching on for a cameo with the New York Mets. While pitching for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, Buddy announced his retirement in August 2019.

The Los Angeles Angels hired Baumann as a pitching coach for the AZL Angels in 2020, but the minor league season was cancelled due to COVID-19. He was a coach for the ACL Angels in 2021.

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