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Full Name: David Lee Wells Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/187 First Game: June 30, 1987
Birthdate: May 20, 1963 MLB Experience: 20 years
Birthplace: Torrance, California
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Born on May 20, 1963 in Torrance, California, David Wells (David Lee Wells) played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 20 year career. Wells broke into the bigs on June 30, 1987 with the Toronto Blue Jays, and put up a 4.62 ERA in 64.1 innings pitched in 1988, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was David Wells's most productive season. Some believe that it was 2000, when he posted a 4.11 ERA, won 20 games and struck out 166 batters. However, others believe that it was 1998, when he posted a 3.49 ERA, won 18 games and struck out 163 batters.

His fastball tops out at 88-89 mph, but it has some late life. He has a good curveball and great arm speed on his change up. He has outstanding control and always has a plan. He may not act it, but he's a smart pitcher. He's learned a lot in his many years in the league.

David Wells is probably best known for his years with the New York Yankees, although he was with them for only 4 seasons, and for writing a book, Perfect I'm Not:Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball. He has always been an outspoken man with strong views on what's going on in the game around him. He's also always had a huge gut and a liking for beer.

Despite a body like your local plumber, he has been remarkably durable over the course of his career. He has failed to start in at least 29 games just twice since 1995 and one of those times was the strike-shortened 1994 season. His 1.87 BB/9 for his career shows his excellent command. He has a 227-143 lifetime record with a 4.06 ERA in 3206.1 IP.


Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1987 TOR A 18 2 4 3 3.99 32 14 13 0 0 1 29.1 37 0 12 0 4 0
1988 TOR A 41 0 3 5 4.62 56 36 33 0 0 4 64.1 65 12 31 9 6 2
1989 TOR A 54 0 7 4 2.40 78 25 23 0 0 2 86.1 66 5 28 7 6 0
1990 TOR A 43 25 11 6 3.14 115 72 66 0 0 3 189 165 14 45 3 7 2
1991 TOR A 40 28 15 10 3.72 106 88 82 2 0 1 198.1 188 24 49 1 10 2
1992 TOR A 41 14 7 9 5.40 62 84 72 0 0 2 120 138 16 36 6 3 8
1993 DET A 32 30 11 9 4.19 139 93 87 0 0 0 187 183 26 42 6 13 7
1994 DET A 16 16 5 7 3.96 71 54 49 5 1 0 111.1 113 13 24 6 5 2
1995 DET A 18 18 10 3 3.04 83 54 44 3 0 0 130.1 120 17 37 5 6 2
1995 CIN N 11 11 6 5 3.59 50 34 29 3 0 0 72.2 74 6 16 4 1 0
1995 Total 29 29 16 8 3.24 133 88 73 6 0 0 203 194 23 53 9 7 2
1996 BAL A 34 34 11 14 5.14 130 132 128 3 0 0 224.1 247 32 51 7 4 7
1997 NY A 32 32 16 10 4.21 156 109 102 5 2 0 218 239 24 45 0 8 6
1998 NY A 30 30 18 4 3.49 163 86 83 8 5 0 214.1 195 29 29 0 2 1
1999 TOR A 34 34 17 10 4.82 169 132 124 7 1 0 231.2 246 32 62 2 1 6
2000 TOR A 35 35 20 8 4.11 166 115 105 9 1 0 229.2 266 23 31 0 9 8
2001 CHI A 16 16 5 7 4.47 59 55 50 1 0 0 100.2 120 12 21 1 2 3
2002 NY A 31 31 19 7 3.75 137 100 86 2 1 0 206.1 210 21 45 2 4 5
2003 NY A 31 30 15 7 4.14 101 101 98 4 1 0 213 242 24 20 0 3 8
2004 SD N 31 31 12 8 3.73 101 85 81 0 0 0 195.2 203 23 20 1 2 2
2005 BOS A 30 30 15 7 4.45 107 95 91 2 0 0 184 220 21 21 0 4 9
2006 SD N 5 5 1 2 3.49 14 11 11 0 0 0 28.1 33 1 4 0 0 0
2006 BOS A 8 8 2 3 4.98 24 30 26 0 0 0 47 64 10 8 0 0 0
2006 Total 13 13 3 5 4.42 38 41 37 0 0 0 75.1 97 11 12 0 0 0
2007 SD N 22 22 5 8 5.54 63 74 73 0 0 0 118.2 156 17 33 4 1 3
2007 LA N 7 7 4 1 5.12 19 23 22 0 0 0 38.2 45 5 9 1 0 0
2007 TOT N 29 29 9 9 5.43 82 97 95 0 0 0 157.1 201 22 42 5 1 3
Total NL 76 76 28 24 4.28 247 227 216 3 0 0 454 511 52 82 10 4 5
Total AL 584 413 211 133 4.11 1954 1475 1362 51 12 13 2985 3124 355 637 55 97 78
Total 660 489 239 157 4.13 2201 1702 1578 54 12 13 3439 3635 407 719 65 101 83

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1987 TOR A P 18 2 29.1 2 4 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 1.000
1988 TOR A P 41 0 64.1 5 5 0 1 0 1 5 1 1 1.000
1989 TOR A P 54 0 86.1 9 11 1 0 0 1 11 3 2 .952
1990 TOR A P 43 25 189 7 32 0 1 0 1 11 11 4 1.000
1991 TOR A P 40 28 198.1 5 35 2 1 0 1 8 13 3 .952
1992 TOR A P 41 14 120 9 14 1 1 0 1 14 6 2 .958
1993 DET A P 32 30 187 10 22 1 0 0 0 14 10 3 .970
1994 DET A P 16 16 111.1 5 12 0 0 0 0 8 6 3 1.000
1995 DET A P 18 18 130.1 11 16 2 1 0 0 8 4 2 .931
1995 CIN N P 11 11 72.2 4 6 0 1 0 0 5 2 1 1.000
1995 Total P 29 29 203 15 22 2 2 0 0 13 6 3 .949
1996 BAL A P 34 34 224.1 15 39 1 4 0 0 26 4 2 .982
1997 NY A P 32 32 218 8 29 4 2 0 2 19 8 4 .902
1998 NY A P 30 30 214.1 8 27 3 1 0 0 9 7 0 .921
1999 TOR A P 34 34 231.2 7 30 0 2 0 1 37 9 3 1.000
2000 TOR A P 35 35 229.2 8 18 3 1 0 0 14 7 1 .897
2001 CHI A P 16 16 100.2 4 10 4 1 0 2 17 2 2 .778
2002 NY A P 31 31 206.1 6 24 1 2 0 1 14 4 1 .968
2003 NY A P 31 30 213 7 32 0 2 0 0 16 5 4 1.000
2004 SD N P 31 31 195.2 7 38 1 1 0 0 5 3 4 .978
2005 BOS A P 30 30 184 3 19 3 2 0 0 8 5 4 .880
2006 SD N P 5 5 28.1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1.000
2006 BOS A P 8 8 47 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1.000
2006 Total P 13 13 75.1 2 6 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 1.000
2007 SD N P 22 22 118.2 5 19 1 0 0 1 9 4 2 .960
2007 LA N P 7 7 38.2 2 3 2 0 0 0 2 3 1 .714
2007 Total N P 29 29 157.1 7 22 3 0 0 1 11 7 3 .906
Total P 660 489 3439 149 451 30 25 0 13 268 120 50 .952

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1987 TOR A 18 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 TOR A 41 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 TOR A 54 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 TOR A 43 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 TOR A 40 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 TOR A 41 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 DET A 32 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 DET A 16 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 DET A 18 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 CIN N 11 28 2 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
1995 Total 29 28 2 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
1996 BAL A 34 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 NY A 32 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 NY A 30 4 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999 TOR A 34 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2000 TOR A 35 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2001 CHI A 16 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002 NY A 31 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
2003 NY A 31 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .333 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2004 SD N 31 57 2 6 0 3 .105 .164 .105 0 0 3 24 1 8 0 0 1
2005 BOS A 30 7 1 1 0 1 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2006 SD N 5 5 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
2006 BOS A 8 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Total 13 5 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
2007 SD N 22 38 1 4 0 0 .105 .105 .105 0 0 0 12 0 4 0 0 0
2007 LA N 7 15 2 4 0 1 .267 .267 .333 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
2007 TOT N 29 53 3 8 0 1 .151 .151 .170 1 0 0 18 0 4 0 0 0
Total NL 76 143 7 19 0 4 .133 .156 .140 1 0 3 49 1 16 0 0 1
Total AL 584 35 1 4 0 1 .114 .114 .143 1 0 0 10 0 2 0 0 0
Total 660 178 8 23 0 5 .129 .148 .140 2 0 3 59 1 18 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the free-agent draft (June 7, 1982 - signed June 18, 1982).
  • Released by Toronto Blue Jays (March 30, 1993).
  • Signed by Detroit Tigers (April 3, 1993).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 1993).
  • Signed by Detroit Tigers (December 13, 1993).
  • Traded by Detroit Tigers to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for C.J. Nitkowski, Dave Tuttle and a player to be named later (July 31, 1995); Detroit Tigers received Mark Lewis (November 16, 1995).
  • Traded by Cincinnati Reds to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez (December 26, 1995).
  • Granted free agency (October 29, 1996).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (December 24, 1996).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Homer Bush and Graeme Lloyd to Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Roger Clemens (February 18, 1999).
  • Traded by Toronto Blue Jays with Matt DeWitt to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Kevin Beirne, Brian Simmons, Mike Sirotka and Mike Williams (January 14, 2001).
  • Granted free agency (November 5, 2001).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (January 17, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (November 2, 2003).
  • Signed by San Diego Padres (January 6, 2004).
  • Granted free agency (November 2, 2004).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (December 17, 2004).
  • Traded by Boston Red Sox to San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later (August 31, 2006); Boston Red Sox received George Kotteras (September 5, 2006).
  • Granted free agency (October 30, 2006).

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