|Oakland Athletics — No. 51|
|Born: August 13, 1983 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|April 24, 2007 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2009 season)
|Earned run average||4.68|
Dallas Lee Braden (born August 13, 1983, in Phoenix, Arizona) is a left-handed pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He was drafted out of Texas Tech University in the ninth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Athletics.
High school and college
Before playing for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Braden posted a combined record of 12-4 in two seasons at American River College. He threw a complete game against Fresno College while allowing one hit and striking out 14 batters.
In 2004, Braden began the season at Single-A Vancouver. He made eight relief appearances, picking up a pair of victories and was promoted to Kane County and pitched exclusively as a starter. He made five starts for Kane County, and posted a 2-1 record.
In 2005, Braden split the season between Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland. He posted a 6-0 record for the Ports, and a 9-5 mark for the RockHounds. His composite total of 15 wins led all A's minor league pitchers and earned him Pitcher of the Year honors for the Athletics organization. He underwent shoulder surgery in the 2005-2006 offseason.
Braden began the 2006 season on a rehabilitation assignment with the Arizona League Athletics. He made six starts, going 2-0 and moved up to Stockton, where was also 2-0, but with a high 6.23 ERA. He was promoted to Double-A Midland where he made one start, giving up six runs in 3⅓ innings pitched receiving a no-decision. His composite 2006 numbers were: 4-0 record, 4.10 ERA, 55 strikeouts and eight walks in 37⅓ innings of work.
Braden began 2007 in Double-A Midland and was called up to Triple-A Sacramento after one start. When Rich Harden got hurt in April, he was called up to the majors to replace him. On April 24, 2007, Braden made his first major league start and picked up the win against the Baltimore Orioles.
Braden features a high-80s fastball, a slider, changeup, and an occasional screwball. His changeup is his best pitch. The last screwballer in the major leagues before Braden was former relief pitcher Jim Mecir, who pitched for the Athletics from 2001 to 2004 and retired in 2005.
2006 Oakland Athletics Media Guide. Pg. 376. Produced by the Oakland Athletics Public Relations Department.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- CalLeaguers.com: Dallas Braden 2005
- BaseballAmerica.com: Dallas Braden
- Texas Tech profile