Brandon Gomes

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Brandon Gomes
File:Brandon Gomes on September 13, 2011.jpg
Gomes with the Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago Cubs
Born: (1984-07-15) July 15, 1984 (age 35)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 2011, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 11–12
Earned run average 4.20
Strikeouts 144

Brandon Gomes[1] (born July 15, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is in the Chicago Cubs organization. He has played for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career

Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, Gomes attended Durfee High School. At Durfee, Gomes pitched and also played shortstop, hitting .425 with 14 home runs and 83 RBIs while also compiling a record of 19-5 with a 1.66 ERA and 287 strikeouts. Gomes, who was also a member of the National Honor Society, was Massachusetts High School Gatorade Player of the Year and also won All-State honors twice. After high school, Gomes attended Tulane University. After having a successful freshman season, Gomes had Tommy John surgery during his sophomore year, receiving a medical redshirt. As a redshirt sophomore, Gomes continued to work out of both the bullpen and starting rotation, but later became a full-time starter as a junior. As a senior, Gomes improved, going 7-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. In 2003 and 2006, Gomes played for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League, going 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA for the team in 2006.[2]

Professional career

Gomes was selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventeenth round (537th overall) of the 2007 MLB draft out of Tulane University.[3] Gomes is of Portuguese and Italian heritage.

In December 2010 Gomes was traded to The Tampa Bay Rays along with Adam Russell, Cesar Ramos and Cole Figueroa in exchange for Jason Bartlett and a player to be named later.[4]

Gomes made his major league debut on May 3, 2011.[5]

On December 23, 2015, Gomes signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Pitching style

Gomes has three pitches: a four-seam fastball (90-92 mph), a curveball (78-82), and a splitter (81-86). The curveball is his off-speed pitch of choice to right-handed hitters, while left-handed hitters face the splitter.[6]


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  3. Sullivan, Greg (June 21, 2007). "A pitch for the 'Bigs'". The Herald News. Retrieved 2009-05-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. SPARKLING DEBUT: Gomes throws two hitless, shutout innings for Tampa
  6. "PITCHf/x Player Card: Brandon Gomes". Retrieved 26 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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