Buddy Carlyle

Earl L. "Buddy" Carlyle (born December 21, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. Carlyle attended Bellevue East High School in Bellevue, Nebraska, and was a student and a letterman in football. Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft, Carlyle spent three years in the Reds organization before being traded to the San Diego Padres for Marc Kroon on April 8, 1998. He played for the Mobile BayBears and Las Vegas Stars before making his major league debut on August 29, 1999. In his first year, he appeared in 7 games, recording a 1-3 record and a 5.97 ERA while striking out 17 batters. On November 3, 2000, the Padres sold Carlyle's contract to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. In two seasons with Hanshin, Carlyle went 7-12 with a 4.29 ERA and 124 strikeouts. He was picked up by the Kansas City Royals as a free agent after the 2002 season. Buddy split the 2003 season between the Double-A Wichita Wranglers and Triple-A Omaha Royals. He was granted free agency after the season and signed with the New York Yankees on December 23. Playing for Double-A...
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