Andrew Bailey, Relief Pitcher, Los Angeles Angels, #37
Date of Birth: 5/31/1984
Birthplace: Voorhees, New Jersey
College: Wagner College
Andrew Bailey, relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was first drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2006. He spent his first three years in the minor leagues, coming up to the major leagues for the first time in 2009. His first season was an excellent one and he was rewarded with the American League Rookie of the Year award. His statistics for 2009 include 68 games played, 83.1 innings pitched, 26 saves, 1.84 ERA, and 91 strikeouts to 24 walks.
Although Bailey pitched well for the Athletics, they traded him to the Boston Red Sox in December, 2011. Unfortunately for Boston, Bailey needed surgery in 2012 and he missed most of the season. He returned to the team in mid-August, 2012, and pitched in 19 games for them. The following season, Bailey became the closer for the Red Sox when Joel Hanrahan was placed on the disabled list in mid-April, 2013. He pitched 28.2 innings in 30 games in 2013 and he had 8 saves and a 3.77 ERA.
Bailey signed a contract with the New York Yankees on March 7, 2014 but he didn't pitch for the team in 2014. He signed another contract with the Yankees on November 18, 2014. He pitched just 8.2 innings in 10 games as a relief pitcher in 2015. He had an 8.31 ERA and he struck out 6 batters and walked 5.
On December 17, 2015, Bailey signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was released by the Phillies on August 6, 2016. He signed with the Angels on August 13, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 6.40 ERA in 33 games with the Phillies and a 2.38 ERA in 12 games with the Angels. He pitched a total of 43.2 innings and he gave up 41 hits and 26 runs and he struck out 41 batters and walked 17.
The Angels and Bailey agreed to a new one-year contract for the 2017 season on November 9, 2016. He spent most of the 2017 season on the DL with a shoulder injury. He played in just four games with the Angels.
Statistics for Bailey in seven seasons (2009-2013, 2015-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 68 games played in 2009
- 2 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 1.47 in 2010
- 2 seasons with 25 or more saves, with a high of 26 in 2009
Career statistics for Bailey through 2017 include:
- 265 games played
- 274.1 innings pitched
- 16-14 win-loss record
- 95 saves
- 276 strikeouts to 91 walks
- 3.22 ERA