Mickey Callaway

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Mickey Callaway

Tampa Bay Devil Rays — No. 51
Born: May 13, 1975 (1975-05-13) (age 43)
Memphis, TN
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
Organizational debut
1996 for the Butte Copper Kings
Last organizational appearance
August 31, 2001 for the Durham Bulls

Michael "Mickey" Christopher Callaway (born May 13, 1975 in Memphis, TN) was a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was selected by the Devil Rays in the 7th round of the 1996 draft out of the University of Mississippi and signed on June 10, 1996 by Skip Bundy.[1]

Before the Devil Rays

As a high schooler in 1992, Callaway was selected as the Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year, and was a member of the U.S. national team that participated in the Goodwill Games held in Seoul, South Korea. Baseball America ranked him as the nation's 14th best high school prospect in 1993 when he was selected in the 16th round of the 1993 MLB draft by San Francisco.[2]

Callaway attended the University of Mississippi. He played for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1994 to 1996, where he was a 1994 Mizuno Pre-Season All-American.[2] In his 3 collegiate seasons, he was 20-18 in 61 appearances (36 starts).[3]

Professional career

Callaway began his professional career with the Advanced-Rookie Butte Copper Kings of the Pioneer League in 1996. By late in the 1998 season, he reached Triple-A with the Durham Bulls after stops in St. Petersburg and Orlando.[4]

During Callaway's minor league career with the Devil Rays, he earned Florida State League All-Star honors with St. Petersburg in 1997, and was the Devil Rays' Triple-A pitcher of the year in 2001. He also participated in several fall and winter leagues: in the Arizona Fall League in 1998, Pastora de los Llanos of the Venezuelan League in 1999, and Vaqueros de Bayamón of the Puerto Rican League & Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan League in 2000.[2]

He made his Major League debut June 12, 1999, starting and earning a Win against the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.[5]

Callaway was traded to the Anaheim Angels on December 17, 2001 in exchange for Wilmy Caceres.

After the Devil Rays

Mickey made only 6 starts for the Angels in 2002, spending most of the season with the Triple-A Salt Lake Stingers of the Pacific Coast League. The 2003 season was again split between Salt Lake and Anaheim until Callaway was released by the Angels on July 29.

He was signed a week later by Texas and had a couple brief stints with the Rangers between 2003 and 2004, though he was again relegated mostly to the minors, this time with the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League and the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League. Callaway was granted free agency by Texas in October, 2004.[4]

Callaway next appeared in international baseball, spending the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Hyundai Unicorns of the Korean Baseball Organization.[2]

In 2008, Callaway served briefly as the Interim Head Coach for the NCAA Division II Texas A&M International University Dustdevils.[6] Later in 2008, he returned to professional baseball as a player and pitching coach for the Laredo Broncos of United League Baseball, returning to Asia with the Chinese Professional Baseball League's Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions in 2009.[2]

Before the 2010 season, Callaway joined the Cleveland Indians organization. He was first assigned as the pitching coach of the Class-A Lake County Captains of the Midwest League.[7] For the 2011 season, he was the pitching coach for the Advanced-A Kinston Indians of the Carolina League.[8] In December 2011, Callaway was promoted by Cleveland to the position of pitching coordinator.[9] In October 2012, new Indians manager Terry Francona named Callaway to his major league staff as the pitching coach.[10]


  1. 1997 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Information Guide. St. Petersburg, FL: Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 1997. p. 63. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Batters Box Baseball: Mickey Callaway". Batters Box Baseball. http://www.wix.com/battersbox2/batters-box-baseball/mickey-callaway. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  3. "Former Rebel Mickey Callaway to make Major League Debut Saturday". OleMissSports.com. CBS Interactive. June 11, 1999. http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/061199aab.html. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Mickey Callaway Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/callami01.shtml#trans. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  5. "Retrosheet Boxscore: Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5, Montreal Expos 3". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1999/B06120MON1999.htm. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  6. "Callaway Takes TAMIU Baseball Position". The Official Home of the Dustdevils. Texas A&M International University Athletics Department. January 14, 2008. http://www.godustdevils.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/011408aaa.html. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  7. Lastoria, Tony (April 23, 2010). "Coach’s Corner: Mickey Callaway". Indians Prospect Insider. http://www.indiansprospectinsider.com/2010/04/minor-happenings-bo-knows-baseball.html. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  8. "2011 K-Tribe Coaching Staff Named!". The Official Site of the Kinston Indians. Kinston Indians. December 6, 2010. http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101206&content_id=16260892&vkey=pr_t485&fext=.jsp&sid=t485. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  9. Hoynes, Paul (December 2, 2011). "Steve Karsay, Scott Erickson hired as minor league pitching coaches by Cleveland Indians". cleveland.com. Cleveland Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2011/12/steve_karsay_scott_erickson_hi.html. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  10. Hoynes, Paul (October 31, 2012). "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona's coaching staff is complete". Cleveland.com. http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2012/10/cleveland_indians_name_manager.html. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 

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