Chad Gaudin

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Chad Gaudin

Tampa Bay Devil Rays — No. 50
Born: March 24, 1983 (1983-03-24) (age 34)
Metairie, LA
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
Organizational debut
2002 for the Charleston RiverDogs
Last organizational appearance
October 2, 2004 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Chad Edward Gaudin (born March 24, 1983 in Metairie, LA) was a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was selected by the Devil Rays in the 34th round of the 2001 draft out of Crescent City Baptist in Harahan, LA and was signed on August 23, 2001 by Benny Latino.[1]

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Amateur Career

Gaudin, who was was listed as 5'9" and 155 lbs. at the time he was drafted, pitched for one of the smallest schools in Louisiana. Still, a line that included 203 strikeouts in 89 innings was enough to pique interest in him.[2] Before being drafted, he had committed to playing collegiate ball for Louisiana State University.[3]

Professional Career

Gaudin started his professional career with the Charleston RiverDogs in 2002[4], and was rapidly promoted, reaching Double-A with the Orlando Rays the next season.[1] He impressed early, throwing the organization's first perfect game (and fourth no-hitter) on July 15, 2003 in his first start with Orlando, a 7-inning first game of a double-header.

His performance at Orlando was enough to earn him a closer look, and Gaudin made his Major League debut less than a month later, on August 1, 2003, against Kansas City, replacing Joe Kennedy in the 2nd inning of an injury-shortened start. It was not, however, his first experience against Major Leaguers: he had thrown 2 scoreless innings against Philadelphia during the mid-season exhibition Hall of Fame Game on June 16, 2003. At the time of his promotion, Gaudin became the Devil Rays' then-youngest ever player at 20 years, 4 months.

On December 12, 2004, Tampa Bay traded Gaudin to Toronto in exchange for catcher Kevin Cash.[5]

After the Devil Rays

Gaudin spent most the 2005 season with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse SkyChiefs, making 5 appearances (3 starts) with the Blue Jays. He was traded again, this time to Oakland for a player to be named later.

Gaudin found the best success of his Major League career in Oakland during the 2006 season when he made 55 appearances out of the bullpen and finished the season with a 3.09 ERA. For 2007, he was removed from the bullpen and made a career-high 34 starts for the Athletics, impressing most early in the season, going 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA over his first 12 starts.

In July, 2008, Oakland traded Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs, and he has seen time with several clubs since: San Diego, two stints with the New York Yankees, and return to Oakland. In December, 2010, he signed as a free agent with Washington,[4] but following a poor start and an injury, was released on July 21, 2011.[6] He was later re-signed by Toronto and assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas to provide organizational depth.[7]

Before the 2012 season, Gaudin signed a minor league contract with Miami and made the club's opening day roster with a strong spring (edging out another former Tampa Bay reliever, Gary Glover, for the final bullpen spot).[8]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Vaughn, Rick; Costello, Chris; Molina, Carmen et al., eds (2004). 2004 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Media Guide. St. Petersburg, FL: Tampa Bay Devil Rays. pp. 98-100. 
  2. Gammons, Peter (June 2, 2001). "Baseball draft so unpredictable". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved July 22, 2011. "He's 5-9, 155 pounds, pitched for one of the smallest high schools in one of the most fascinating states, but 203 strikeouts in 89 innings is good enough for me to want to watch him." 
  3. "Moore goes late, may return to LSU for senior season". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). June 7, 2001. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Chad Gaudin Statistics and History". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  5. Callis, Jim (December 12, 2004). "Jays, Rays make Sunday's only (minor) deal". Baseball America. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  6. Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 21, 2011). "Nationals Release Chad Gaudin". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  7. Fidlin, Ken (August 6, 2011). "Jays more athletic". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  8. Frisaro, Joe (March 31, 2012). "Marlins round out roster with Murphy, Gaudin". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 

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