David Purcey

David Purcey
David Purcey
Free agent
Born: April 22, 1982 (1982-04-22) (age 29)
St. Charles, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
April 18, 2008 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2011 season)
Win–loss record     6–12
Earned run average     5.38
Strikeouts     151

David Kent Purcey (born April 22, 1982) is a left-handed pitcher in professional baseball.



Amateur career

Purcey attended high school at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas, and then attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Sooners baseball team.

Professional career

Purcey originally was drafted in the 2001 entry draft by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round. He then was drafted again by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2003 entry draft, and finally drafted once again by Toronto in the first round (16th overall) during the 2004 MLB entry draft.

Purcey made his major league debut on April 18, 2008, starting against the Detroit Tigers and allowing one earned run over 4⅓ innings. He was returned to the minor leagues after two major league appearances, but was recalled to the Blue Jays in July, and ended the 2008 season in the team's starting rotation.

On Wednesday August 27, 2008, Purcey started against the Tampa Bay Rays and pitched his first career major league complete game. Purcey recorded 11 strikeouts, scattering five hits through eight innings of work.

Following spring training 2009, Purcey earned the third spot in the rotation, but switched spots with Jesse Litsch to separate the left-handers.[citation needed] Purcey was second in the rotation until Friday, May 1, 2009 when he was assigned to the Toronto Blue Jays AAA affiliate Las Vegas 51s. Purcey had a record of 0–2 and an ERA over seven with Toronto in 2009, as he struggled with his command, which has improved somewhat with Las Vegas.

On May 24, 2010, Purcey was recalled by Toronto after Dana Eveland was designated for assignment and moved to the bullpen as a relief pitcher. On July 26, 2010 Purcey recorded his first major league save against the Baltimore Orioles in a 9–5 win.

Purcey was traded by the Blue Jays on April 18, 2011, to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Danny Farquhar.[1] Purcey was acquired after injuries to Rich Harden and Dallas Braden.

On May 27, 2011, Purcey was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Scott Sizemore.[2]

Purcey was designated for assignment on August 2nd, 2011.


External links

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