Evan Alan MacLane
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- School Feather River Community College
- High School Pleasant Valley High School (Chico)
- Debut July 7, 2010
- Final Game July 18, 2010
- Born November 4, 1982 in Chico, CA USA
Evan MacLane made his big league debut in 2010.
MacLane was picked by the New York Mets in the 25th round of the 2003 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Chuck Hensley Jr. and posted a record of 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA for the Kingsport Mets in his pro debut, a bright spot on a 25-39 team. He was 10th in the Appalachian League in ERA, second on the club after Yusmeiro Petit.
In 2004, the left-hander pitched for the Capital City Bombers (5-2, 2.39, .225 opponent average, 10 BB in 67 2/3 IP) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (5-2, 2.48, 6 BB in 69 IP). Evan continued to climb the ladder in 2005, with the St. Lucie Mets (8-5, 3.20) and Binghamton Mets (3-2, 4.14). His 171 innings led all Mets farmhands. He fanned 140 that year while walking only 24. He was 8th in the Florida State League in ERA, right behind Tyler Clippard. He then went 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA for the Grand Canyon Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, just missing the top 10 in ERA in that hitter's league.
MacLane began 2006 with Binghamton (3-1, 4.64) then moved up to the Norfolk Tides (9-8, 3.86, .160 average by lefties, .316 by righties). He tied for the most wins by a Mets farmhand that year - even though he would not finish the season in their chain. On August 22, he was dealt with cash considerations to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Shawn Green. With the Tucson Sidewinders, he had a 1-1, 3.38 record. MacLane had made it to AAA at age 23 but it would take four more years until he got to the majors.
In the winter of 2006-07, MacLane was 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA for the Tigres del Licey. His career hit a major roadblock in 2007, when he was only 7-7 with a 7.70 ERA and .373 opponent average (.388 by lefties this time). He had the highest ERA of any starter in the 2007 Pacific Coast League season. His 117 runs allowed were four behind leader D.J. Carrasco and the 99 earned runs allowed 7 behind Henry Bonilla.
MacLane rebounded in 2008 to go 7-8 with a 4.96 ERA for Tucson. He allowed a .303 average and walked only 1.83 per 9 innings, second-best in the PCL that year.
Evan was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals in an outright trade in April 2009 after starting 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA for Reno Aces. He was much better with the Memphis Redbirds, going 8-9 with a 3.75 ERA then was 2-0 in the playoffs. MacLane led the 2009 Pacific Coast League in innings (165 2/3) and hits allowed (194). He was 10th in ERA, right behind Willie Collazo.
Starting 2010 back with Memphis, he was 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA and 15 walks in 110 2/3 innings after 17 starts. He was then called up to The Show when Adam Ottavino went on the disabled list. In his MLB debut, Evan relieved Jason Motte with a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the 9th against the Colorado Rockies. Facing Chris Iannetta, he went to a full count then served up a game-ending home run on his sixth pitch in the big leagues. He only pitched one more game in the majors with a much better outcome. Relieving in the top of the 8th with a 4-0 lead, he retired Ronnie Belliard, walked Xavier Paul and got A.J. Ellis to hit into a double play. St. Louis rallied to win, 5-4, after Ryan Franklin relieved MacLane in the 9th. He finished the year 8-7 with a 4.45 ERA for Memphis, walking only 21 in 147 2/3 IP.
MacLane went to Japan in 2011, signing with the Orix Buffaloes for one year and $300,000. He was 4-5 with a 2.57 ERA for Orix's farm team and 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 7 starts for the top club. In 2012, he posted a 5-4, 3.91 record for the big team and 2-1, 2.12 in the minors. He signed with the Uni-President Lions of Taiwan in August 2013.