Craig Stammen, Relief Pitcher, San Diego Padres, #34
Date of Birth: 3/9/1984
Birthplace: North Star, Ohio
College: University of Dayton
Current Salary: $900,000
Nicknames: Craigeroo, Stam, Trigger, Craiger, Stammer
Craig Stammen, relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres, was first drafted in 2005 by the Washington Nationals. He pitched as primarily a starting pitcher in the Nationals' minor league system from 2005 through 2008.
Stammen pitched in 19 games as a starting pitcher with the Nationals in 2009. He finished the season with 4 wins and 7 losses, 48 strikeouts to 24 walks, and a 5.11 ERA in 105.2 innings. The following season, he transitioned to a relief pitcher, pitching as a starter in 19 games and as a reliever in 16 games. He finished the 2010 season with a 5.13 ERA in 128.0 innings. He spent most of the 2011 season in the minors, pitching in just 7 games of relief with the Nationals.
Stammen had a strong season with the Nationals in 2012, pitching in a career high 59 games. He finished the season with a 2.34 ERA, 6 wins to 1 loss, and a career high 87 strikeouts to 36 walks in 88.1 innings. He had another good year in 2013, finishing with a 2.76 ERA in 55 games. His ERA went up to 3.84 in 2014, when he pitched in 49 games. He spent most of the 2015 season on the DL with right forearm stiffness. He pitched just 4.0 innings in 5 games with the Nationals that year.
Stammen became a free agent on December 2, 2015. He signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on February 8, 2016. He spent the entire 2016 season in the minors.
Stammen became a free agent again on November 7, 2016. A month and a half later, on December 21st, he signed a minor league contract with the Padres.
Career pitching statistics for Stammen through 2016 include:
- 229 games played
- 490.2 innings pitched
- 26-24 win-loss record
- 370 strikeouts to 149 walks
Stammen and his wife Audrey were married on January 21, 2017.