Brendan Donnelly

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Brendan Donnelly MLB Career Stats

32-10 3.22 385.1 369 1.25

Brendan Donnelly Bio

  • Full Name: Brendan Kevin Donnelly
  • Born: 7/4/1971 in Washington, DC
  • Draft: 1992, Chicago White Sox, 27th rd. (764th overall)
  • College: Mesa State, CO
  • Debut: April 9, 2002
  • Ret., Final Game: 7/23/2010
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MLB Career Stats 32 10 3.22 386 0 6 385.1 369 1.25


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Brendan Donnelly Awards

World Series Championship

Year Team League
2002 Anaheim AL

AL All-Star

Year Team League
2003 Anaheim AL

Setup Man of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2003 Anaheim AL

Brendan Donnelly Leaderboards


Season HLD Rank
2002 13 15th in AL
2003 29 1st in AL
2005 16 13th in AL

Brendan Donnelly Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
July 29, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates released RHP Brendan Donnelly.
July 26, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates designated RHP Brendan Donnelly for assignment.
May 20, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates activated RHP Brendan Donnelly from the 15-day disabled list.
May 4, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates placed RHP Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28, 2010. Left oblique strain.
January 18, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent RHP Brendan Donnelly.
November 5, 2009 RHP Brendan Donnelly elected free agency.
September 8, 2009 Florida Marlins activated RHP Brendan Donnelly from the 15-day disabled list.
September 2, 2009 sent RHP Brendan Donnelly on a rehab assignment to Jupiter Hammerheads.
August 23, 2009 Florida Marlins placed RHP Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list. strained right calf
July 5, 2009 Florida Marlins signed free agent RHP Brendan Donnelly.
July 1, 2009 RHP Brendan Donnelly elected free agency.
April 28, 2009 Round Rock Express signed free agent RHP Brendan Donnelly.

Brendan Kevin Donnelly Bio Info

Brendan Kevin Donnelly...Wife's name is Rhonda...Is a 1989 graduate of Sandia High School in Albuquerque, NM...Also pitched at New Mexico Junior College and Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO (west of Denver, near the border of Utah). 2009 Began his 18th professional season in baseball with Round Rock (Rangers' AAA), where he was scored upon in just four of his 24 appearances...Went 1-0 with five saves and posted a 0.77 ERA (11.2ip/1er) in his final 11 outings (all coming in June)...Was released by Texas organization on 7/1 and signed with Florida on 7/5...Did not surrender a run in his first 12 games (10.0ip) with the Marlins - just the third player in club history to start their Florida career with 10.0 or more scoreless innings (also Ricky Bones with 15.2 in 2000 and Arthur Rhodes with 12.0 in 2008)...Was victorious in back-to-back outings against the Cubs on 7/31 and 8/2...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 8/23 with a strained right calf...Made one rehab appearance with Jupiter (Marlins' A) on 9/2...Returned from rehab and was reinstated from D.L. on 9/8...Won third game on 9/18 at Cincinnati...Recorded first of two saves with Florida on 9/26 vs. New York (NL) - his fifth career save and first since 9/28/03...Picked up second save in final outing on 9/30 at Atlanta...Surrendered just one run in 17 appearances on the road while pitching with Marlins (14.0ip - 0.64 ERA)...Elected free agency on 11/5. 2008 Signed with Indians as a minor league free agent on 2/7 and began season in extended spring training while continuing to rehab from ligament transplant surgery...Was activated on 7/3 and went 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA (10.2ip/5er) in 11 minor league games (two starts) before having contract purchased by Cleveland on 8/8...Made debut with Indians on 8/11 vs. Baltimore - his first big league appearance since 6/10/07 at Arizona...Picked up lone victory on 8/25 at Detroit. 2007 Was an integral part of Boston's bullpen for the season's first 2 months but did not pitch again after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 (retroactive to June 11) with a right forearm muscle strain...Went 2-1 with 8 holds and a 3.05 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Red Sox, allowing an earned run in just 4 of the 27 outings...Was sent on rehab assignment to Short-Season Single-A Lowell on July 13, but was scratched from his start that night after experiencing tightness in his forearm while warming up...Was examined on July 17 in Inglewood, CA by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who concurred with the original diagnosis and prescribed treatment...Donnelly returned to Boston and continued with his strength and conditioning program as planned...After continuing to struggle with the injury, he left the team on July 31 and underwent underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on his right elbow on August 14...The surgery was performed by Dr. Yocum in California...Was transferred to the 60-day D.L. on September 1. 2006 SUMMARY: Completed his fifth and final season with the Angels, registering a 6-0 record and 3.94 ERA (28 ER/64.0 IP) in 62 games, with right-handers hitting just .204...allowed 58 hits (8 homers), walked 28 and struck out back to Aug. 12, 2005, has won nine straight decisions to set a new club record...his longest outing was 2.0 innings pitched (4 times).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Struck out a season-best three batters on May 13 vs. Seattle (1.0 IP)...posted a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP) in 10 games in April, 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP, 9 games) in June and was 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine games in September...overall, 19 of his final 21 outings were scoreless...was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA (7 ER/35.0 IP) in 33 games at Angel Stadium...notched a 5-0 mark and 3.52 ERA in 29 games after the All-Star break...opponents batted .240 against right-handers to .204 clip (29-for-142)...faced one batter in the 8th inning on August 16 at Texas, and was ejected from the game for hitting Freddy Guzman (received four-game suspension for his involvement)...dropped appeal and served four-game suspension from Sept. 11-14. 2005 Posted a 9-3 record and 3.72 ERA (27 ER/65.1 IP) in 65 games with the Angels...set career bests in wins and games pitched...fell one win shy of the club lead by a reliever (Scot Shields, who became the first Angel reliever with 10 wins since Shigetoshi Hasegawa in 2000)...finished 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 30 games at home and 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 May lefthanders to .213 (26-for-122) average...14 of his final 21 outings were scoreless...allowed just six of 32 inherited runners to score...retired 43 of 64 first batters faced...served an 8-day suspension (July 1-8) for having an illegal substance on his glove (pine tar) during June 14 game vs. Washington...commissioner's office initially handed down a 10-day suspension. 2004 Posted 5-2 record and a 3.00 ERA (42 IP - 14 ER) in 40 games with Angels... Five wins is career best...Registered win Oct. 2 at Oakland (1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) in Angels' division clinching victory...Retired 32 of 40 first batters faced (14 K's)...Angels outscored opponents 39-19 when he was in game...Stranded 20 of 27 inherited runners...Prior to this year, had allowed four HR in first 109 career games; has allowed five HR over last 40 appearances...Activated from 15-day disabled list, June 17 after missing Angels' first 64 games...Opened season on 15-day disabled list due to fractured nose...Sustained 20 fractures when batted ball struck him during batting practice in spring training, March 9...Underwent a total of four operations on his nose...Left May 9 rehab game due to tendonitis right flexor tendon...2004 Post-Season...Appeared in two games of ALDS vs. Boston, posting 0-0 record and 10.80 ERA (3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 IBB, 5 SO, 1 WP)...Underwent surgery Nov. 29 to repair hole in septum... Surgery took place at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ and was performed by Ear/Nose/Throat specialist Dr. Kurt Heiland. 2003 Spent 12th professional season with Angels, marking first full season in major leagues... Made first major league Opening Day roster...Finished 2-2 with three saves and a 1.58 ERA (74 IP - 13 ER) in 63 games...Allowed 55 hits (2 HR), walked 24 and fanned 79... Led club in ERA and games pitched...Set professional bests in ERA, games pitched and strikeouts... Limited opponents to .200 average against...Both HR allowed came against left-handers...Has surrendered four home runs in 123.2 career innings and none vs. a right-handed batter...Stranded 23 of 26 inherited runners...Retired 47 of 63 o, rst batters faced...Victories came July 28 vs. Oakland (1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) and Aug. 28 at Detroit (2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 IBB, 1 WP), both in starts of Jarrod Washburn...Two runs allowed equaled high for season (three times)...Was 3 of 5 in save situations, posting saves May 29 at Tampa Bay, July 11 vs. Minnesota and Sept. 28 vs. Texas...1.82 career ERA ranks best in club history (based on 100-or-more games)...Allowed just two earned runs in first 50 innings pitched on season, before surrendering 11 earned runs in o,nal 24 innings...Selected to first career All-Star Game...Tossed one inning (1 SO) to earn the victory at US Cellular Field (Chicago)...Became first Angel to earn win in Mid-Summer Classic...ERA of 0.38 was lowest at the All-Star break in ML since Bill Landrum posted 0.23 ERA (39.1 IP - 1 ER) in 1989 with Pittsburgh...0.67 ERA at end of July was lowest since Landrum fashioned a 0.54 ERA in 50.1 IP (3 ER) in 1989...Recorded at least one strikeout in 49 of his 63 outings...Allowed first earned run of season, May 22 vs. Baltimore (had opened season with 23.2 IP without an ER)...Allowed unearned run, May 13 at New York (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R), snapping scoreless innings streak at 20 to open 2003 season...Strikeout high was four, April 24 vs. New York...Posted 0.00 ERA against nine opponents, including 7.1 scoreless innings against Tampa Bay (6 games)...Allowed one earned run against Seattle (0.90 ERA; 10 IP), walking one and fanning nine in nine games...ERA by month was 0.00 in March, 0.00 in April, 0.90 in May, 0.61 in June, 1.50 in July, 5.11 in Aug. and 2.25 in Sept...Donnelly and Brandon Backe (TB) tied for best percentage of inherited runners stranded (among all MLB pitchers who inherited at least 25 runners). They each stranded 23 of 26 inherited runners for a success rate of 88.46%...Underwent arthroscopic surgery on right elbow and left knee, Sept. 30...The surgeries were performed by Angels' Medical Director, Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles...Dr. Yocum removed four loose bodies from the elbow and repaired the medial meniscus in the knee.

Career Highlights
1.82 career ERA, 0.29 home runs and 9.46 baserunners per nine innings pitched ranks best in club history (based on 100-or-more games)... Owns 9.68 strikeouts per 9 IP, fourth best in club annals...Selected by the fans as 2003 Major League "Set Up Man of the Year" as conducted by 2002, was selected to first career All-Star Game...Tossed one inning (1 SO) to earn the victory at US Cellular Field (Chicago)... Became first Angel to earn win in Mid-Summer Classic...In 2001, set or tied several Angels' rookie reliever records (based on 40-or-more games) including fewest hits allowed (32), fewest runs allowed (tied - 13), fewest earned runs allowed (12) and fewest bases on balls (19). 2002 Major League Summary:
Started 11th professional campaign with triple-A Salt Lake before settling in as key component in Angels' bullpen...Before 2002, had spent 10 years in minor leagues with nine different organizations (including two independent teams)...Stranded 30 of 34 inherited runners (88% - tops among AL relievers)...Retired 42 of 46 first batters faced (91% - tops in AL among relievers)...Limited opponents to a .184 clip, tops on Angels' staff and second best among relievers in AL (min. of 45 IP)...Set or tied several Angels' rookie reliever records (based on 40-or-more games) including fewest hits allowed (32), fewest runs allowed (tied - 13), fewest earned runs allowed (12) and fewest bases on balls (19)...Was recalled, April 6, and made major league debut, April 9 vs. Seattle (1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)...Became rookie on Anaheim's roster at age 30...Spent 10 seasons in minor leagues with nine organizations (1992-2001)...All told, made three stints with Angels (optioned to triple-A Salt Lake, April 17 - recalled June 19; optioned to Salt Lake, June 24 - recalled July 13)...Had 15.1 IP scoreless-inning stretch, July 13-Aug. 5, longest by an Angels' reliever this season (tied w/ Scot Shields)....Earned first ML save on last game of season, Sept. 29 vs. Seattle...Appeared in 38 games after recall July 13 (1.49 ERA - 42.1 IP, 23 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 15 BB, 49 SO)...Pitched 2.1 innings with five strikeouts, July 20 vs. Seattle...Five K's marked career-high and most by Angels reliever in 2002 (tied w/ Francisco Rodriguez).

Minor League Summary:
Was 4-0 with six saves and 3.48 ERA (33.2 IP - 13 ER) in 25 games with Salt Lake...Allowed 27 hits, walked 11 and struck out 42 in that span...Was recalled and optioned by Angels three times during season.

2002 Post-Season:
Led Angels pitchers with five World Series appearances...Best outings of '02 post-season came in crucial Games 6 & 7 of World Series...Earned victory in relief in Angels comeback win in Game 6 working a scoreless eighth inning (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO)...Tossed two scoreless frames in Game 7 (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) in relief of starter John Lackey...Allowed just one hit in 7.2 IP (4 BB, 6 SO) in World Series, the most shutout innings by a reliever since Cincinnati's Tom Hall worked 8.1 scoreless frames in 1972...Donnelly also had a 6.2 IP hitless stretch during the WS...Appeared in Game 1, 2 & 5 of ALCS, allowing three runs in 3.1 IP (5 SO)....Made post-season debut in Game 1 of ALDS at Yankee Stadium, suffering decisive three-run HR to Bernie Williams in 8th inning...Limited opponents to .152 clip throughout postseason...Along with Francisco Rodriguez (5) and John Lackey (2), the three rookies accounted for eight of Anaheim's 11 post-season wins. 2001 Began season at double-A Arkansas...Finished 4-1 with 12 saves and a 2.48 ERA (29 IP - 8 ER) in 27 games...Allowed 21 hits (2 HR), walked 13 and struck out 37...Posted 12 saves and four wins, April 16-June 12 (22 games)...Registered saves in five straight appearances, April 30-May 10...Was 3-1 with three saves and a 3.86 ERA (16 IP - 6 ER) in 13 home games and 1-0 with nine saves and a 1.20 ERA (15 IP - 2 ER) in 14 road games...Average against was .200, including .156 vs. left-handers and .219 vs. right-handers...Opponents were 0-for-8 with bases loaded and batted .194 with RISP...Participated in Texas League All-Star Game...Promoted to triple-A Salt Lake, June 20...Finished 5-1 with one save and a 2.40 ERA (41.1 IP - 11 ER) in 29 games...Allowed 38 hits (4 HR), walked eight and struck out 50...Won five straight decisions, June 30-Aug. 27 (22 games)...Lone save came June 27 vs. Fresno (2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO)...Longest outing was 3.1 innings, July 5 at Omaha...Strikeout high was four, five times...Was 4-1 with one save and a 3.27 ERA (22 IP - 8 ER) in 18 games at home and 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA (19.1 IP - 3 ER) in 11 games on road...Was 4-0 with one save and a 1.82 ERA (24.2 IP - 5 ER) through first 17 games...Opponents batted .245 against him, including .314 vs. left-handers and .212 vs. right-handers...Limited opposition to .105 average (4/38) with RISP...Overall on season, set career high in wins (9) and strikeouts (87)...Placed on Angels' 40-man roster, Oct. 10. 2000 In 2000, split season between triple-A Syracuse (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate) and triple-A Iowa (Chicago Cubs affiliate)...Finished 4-6 with a 5.48 ERA (42.2 IP - 26 ER) in 37 games...Allowed 47 hits (5 HR), walked 27 and struck out 34 in that spanb&Was released by Toronto organization, July 28...Signed by Chicago organization, Aug. 10...Appeared in nine games with Iowa, posting 0-3 record, one save and a 7.56 ERA (16.2 IP - 14 ER)...Was granted free agency following season. 1999 In 1999, played for four teams with three organizations and an independent club...Began season with independent Nashua of the Atlantic League, signing contract in May...Pitched in three games, recording no record and a 3.00 ERA (3 IP - 1 ER)...Had contract purchased by Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, May 15...Posted 5-5 record with two saves and a 3.05 ERA (62 IP - 21 ER) in 37 games (one start) with triple-A Durham...Struck out 61 batters and walked 18...Was released by Tampa Bay organization, Aug. 12...Was signed by Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Aug. 18 and was released Aug. 25...Pitched in two games for double-A Altoona (0-0, one save & 7.71 ERA)...Was signed by Toronto organization, Aug. 26...Finished season at Syracuse, pitching five games and posting 0-1 record and 2.89 ERA (9.1 IP - 3 ER). 1998 In 1998, spent season with Cincinnati Reds organization, his fourth with franchise...Split campaign between double-A Chattanooga and triple-A Indianapolis...Registered 2-5 record with 13 saves and 2.98 ERA (45.1 IP - 15 ER) in 38 games...Marked most saves with one club in career...Posted 35 games finished, ranking fifth in Southern League...Was promoted to Indianapolis, July 23...Finished 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA (37.1 IP - 11 ER) in 19 games (one start). 1997 In 1997, spent entire season with Chattanooga...Posted 6-4 record with six saves and 3.27 ERA (82.2 IP - 30 ER) in 62 games...Set career bests in wins with one club in a season, games and innings pitched...Ranked second in league in games pitched 1996 In 1996, spent full season at Chattanooga, recording 1-2 record and 5.52 ERA (29.1 IP - 18 ER) in 22 games...Made two appearances on disabled list, May 31-July 12 (broken right hand) and July 21-Aug. 22 (fractured right hand). 1995 In 1995, had contract purchased independent Ohio Valley club by Cincinnati organization, March 4...Split campaign between three clubs...Began season at single-A Charleston...Recorded 1-1 record, 12 saves and a 1.19 ERA (30.1 IP - 4 ER) in 24 games...Had contract transferred to single-A Winston-Salem, June 19...Was 1-2 with two saves and 1.02 ERA (35.1 IP - 4 ER) in 23 contests...Transferred to triple-A Indianapolis, Aug. 28...Posted 1-1 mark and 23.63 ERA in three games to close season...Overall on season, set career best with 14 saves. 1994 In 1994, was signed by independent Ohio Valley in July after release by Chicago Cubs organization, March 29...Spent remainder of season with club, registering 1-1 record and 2.63 ERA (13.2 IP - 4 ER) in 10 games. 1993 In 1993, began season on disabled list...Missed from April 9-16 due to sore left elbow...Was released by Chicago White Sox organization, April 16...Was signed by Chicago Cubs organization, June 16, and played remainder of season at single-A Geneva...Finished 4-0 with one save and a 6.28 ERA (43 IP - 30 ER) in 21 games (three starts). 1992 In 1992, was selected by Chicago White Sox in 27th round of draft...Signed with organization, June 9, and played at the White Sox rookie affiliate of the Gulf League...Finished 0-3 with one save and a 3.67 ERA (41.2 IP - 17 ER) in nine games (seven starts).