Timber Mead

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Timber Arden Mead

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Biographical Information[edit]

Timber Mead pitched as high as AAA. His son Tyler Mead would also pitch in the minors.

Mead was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the 6th round of the January 1985 draft. He debuted as a pro with the Everett Giants, going 7-5 with a 4.58 ERA that summer. He was one win shy of Northwest League co-leaders Ed West, Jeff Shaver, Tim Burcham and Steve McGuire and Everett wound up with the title. With the 1986 Clinton Giants, Mead went 9-6 with a save and a 3.57 ERA. He was then traded with Frank Williams and Mike Villa to the Cincinnati Reds for Eddie Milner.

Mead had a rough first year in the Reds chain, going 5-7 with a save and a 5.00 ERA for the Tampa Tarpons. He moved up to the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1988 and improved to 9-10, 3.09 while his club claimed the Southern League pennant. In '89, he struggled back with the Lookouts (5-11, 4.98). He returned to the Giants system in the off-season. In 1990, he pitched at three different levels, making appearances for the San Jose Giants (1-0, 1 UER in 10 1/3 IP), Shreveport Captains (2-2, 2 Sv, 2.25, .89 WHIP in 16 G) and Phoenix Firebirds (0-2, Sv, 5.23), making it to AAA. It would be his last season with an affiliated team, though.

In 1991, Timber toiled for the independent Reno Silver Sox and had a good summer at 13-7, 3.36. He was 10th in the California League in ERA and was named to the league's All-Star team, joining Rich Huisman, Greg Hansell and Gary Sharko as the selected hurlers. In 1993, Mead split time between two Mexican League clubs, going a combined 10-10 with a 4.75 ERA. He was 0-3 with a 4.72 ERA for the Monclova Steelers to close his career.

Overall, Mead went 61-63 with 5 saves and a 4.03 ERA in 211 minor league games (150 starts).