Chandler Shepherd

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Chandler Shepherd
Baltimore Orioles – No. 62
Relief pitcher
Born: (1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 (age 27)
Louisa, Kentucky
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 13, 2019, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through September 17, 2019)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average4.91

James Chandler Shepherd (born August 25, 1992) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB).

College career[edit]

Shepherd attended Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Kentucky. He was a three-year player at the University of Kentucky from 2012 to 2014.[1] As a junior, Shepherd was sidelined by a forearm laceration that forced him to miss three weeks,[1] but he returned to a relief role in nine games, following with nine starts. He finished with a 3-1 record, a 3.83 earned run average and one save, winning Baseball America honors as the top prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League,[1] where he was also named pitcher of the year and made the PGCBL first team and the Perfect Game USA first team as a member of the Amsterdam Mohawks [1]

As a sophomore, he was dominant as a reliever, appearing in 26 games with one start, posting a 2.77 ERA and a 5-0 record over 55⅓ innings of work. He finished 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA over his last 11 appearances to being selected to the 2013 Cape Cod League All-Star team, and also named No. 46 prospect in the league.[1]

In his senior year, Shepherd rated among the 2014 Baseball America Preseason NCAA Top-100 Players (No. 70). He then made 16 pitching appearances, ending with a 5-5 record and a 3.66 ERA in 76⅓ innings, including nine starts and one saved game.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Shepherd was selected by the Red Sox in the 13th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Kentucky.[2] Shepherd started his professional career in 2014 with the Class A Short Season Lowell Spinners, where he was 4–3 with a 4.05 ERA in 16 games, working mostly as a long reliever in 33⅓ innings.[2] He was promoted to the Class A Greenville Drive in 2015, and he excelled with a 3–0 record, a 1.23 ERA and one save in ​14 23 innings.[2] But Shepherd spent much of the year with the Class A-Advanced Salem Red Sox, posting an 0–2 record with a 3.61 ERA and six saves in 28 games, including a 6.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio (46-to-7) in ​52 13 innings.[2] Later in the year, he also pitched well in the Arizona Fall League with the Scottsdale Scorpions, appearing in 11 games, while going 1–1 with a 3.97 ERA and one save in ​11 13 innings. Overall, he went 4–3 with a 3.22 ERA and eight saves in ​78 13 innings to complete three different levels in his first full professional season.[2]

Shepherd opened 2016 with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, where he was 1–1 with a 1.80 ERA and seven saves in 14 appearances, including a 0.80 WHIP and .140 batting average against, while striking out 39 and walking 10 in 30 innings.[2] He then gained a promotion to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in June.[3] From May 2 to June 29, he had a ​23 13 scoreless-inning streak between the two stints. Shepherd finished 2016 with a 2–3 record and a 2.81 ERA.[4]

With Pawtucket in 2017, Shepherd had a 1–5 record with 4.07 ERA in 34 appearances (one start) and ​59 23 innings pitched.[4] The Red Sox added Shepherd to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[5] With Pawtucket during 2018, Shepherd appeared in 25 games (all starts), compiling a 7–10 record with 3.89 ERA and 107 strikeouts in ​129 23 innings pitched.[4]

Shepherd began the 2019 season with Pawtucket.[4] On May 17, he was designated for assignment, removing him from Boston's 40-man roster.[6]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On May 18, 2019, Shepherd was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.[7]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On May 22, 2019, he was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.[8] He was promoted to the major leagues for the first time on July 30, 2019, but did not appear in a game before being sent down on July 31. He was promoted to the major leagues again on August 13.[9] He made his major league debut that night versus the New York Yankees, allowing one run over four innings of relief.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Chandler Shepherd College Career. University of Kentucky Website Retrieved on June 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Chandler Shepherd". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Reliever Chandler Shepherd promoted to Pawtucket. Retrieved on June 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Chandler Shepherd Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Smith, Christopher (November 20, 2017). "Boston Red Sox 40-man roster: Jalen Beeks, Chandler Shepherd, Ty Buttrey added to roster, protected from Rule 5 Draft".
  6. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". May 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cubs Roster & Staff – Transactions". May 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Jeff Todd (May 22, 2019). "Orioles Acquire Keon Broxton, Claim Chandler Shepherd". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  9. ^ RotoWire Staff (August 13, 2019). "Orioles' Chandler Shepherd: Promotion official". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Box Score, August 13, 2019". Retrieved August 14, 2019.

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