Chris Withrow

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Chris Withrow
Chris Withrow.jpg
Withrow with the Inland Empire 66ers
Atlanta Braves
Born: (1989-04-01) April 1, 1989 (age 30)
Austin, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 2013, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 3–0
Earned run average 2.73
Strikeouts 71

Christopher Michael Withrow (born April 1, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Los Angeles Dodgers

He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Midland Christian High School. As a senior at Midland, Withrow was 8-1 with a 1.32 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He missed most of the 2008 season with an assortment of injuries and then spent the majority of 2009 with the Inland Empire 66ers, where he was 6-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 19 appearances. He was rated as the Dodgers #2 prospect by the MLB Network before the 2010 season and was assigned by the Dodgers to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. He started 27 games for the Lookouts, with a record of 4-9 and a 5.97 ERA.

In 2011 with the Lookouts, he started 25 games and finished 6-6 with a 4.20 ERA. He was added to the 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule V Draft. In 2012, after 7 starts, the Dodgers decided to turn him into a relief pitcher. He finished the season with a 3-3 record and 4.65 ERA in 22 games. The Dodgers promoted him to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to start 2013.

He was called up to the Dodgers for the first time on June 11, 2013 and made his debut the following night in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2/3 of an inning, he allowed 3 hits, walked one and struck out one. In 26 games for the Dodgers he was 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA and also picked up his first save on September 3 against the Colorado Rockies.

Withrow began 2014 in the Dodgers bullpen and pitched 21 1/3 innings in 20 games. He had a 2.95 ERA and 28 strikeouts but he also walked 18. However, on May 30, he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery, which shut him down for the rest of the season.[1] He remained on the 60-day disabled list at the start of the 2015 season.[2]

Atlanta Braves

On May 27, 2015, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves (with Juan Uribe) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime.[3]

Personal life

Withrow's father, Mike, played college baseball for the University of Texas at Austin and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Withrow has two brothers, Matt and Steve, who are also baseball players.[4] Matt was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Braves.[5]


  1. "Chris Withrow needs TJ surgery". May 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Dodgers sign RHP Beachy after 2nd Tommy John surgery". Associated Press. February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hoornstra, J.P. (May 27, 2015). "The six-player Juan Uribe trade is official". LA Daily News. Retrieved May 27, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mason, Jordan (May 9, 2012). "Matt the latest Withrow to make his mark at MCS on the diamond". Midland Reporter Telegram. Retrieved June 10, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Bowman, Mark (June 10, 2015). "Braves draft Withrow's brother -- another hurler". Retrieved June 10, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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