Logan Ondrusek

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Logan Ondrusek
Logan Ondrusek on August 4, 2016.jpg
Ondrusek with the Baltimore Orioles in 2016
Washington Nationals
Born: (1985-02-13) February 13, 1985 (age 34)
Hallettsville, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 5, 2010, for the Cincinnati Reds
NPB: March 27, 2015, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record21–11
Earned run average4.03
NPB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record8–3
Earned run average2.17

Logan Jared Ondrusek (born February 13, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Professional career[edit]

Ondrusek pitching for the Dayton Dragons, Single-A affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds, in 2006

Cincinnati Reds' organization[edit]

The Cincinnati Reds selected Ondrusek in the 13th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft.[1] Ondrusek began his minor league career with the rookie league Billings Mustangs. In his first year with the Mustangs, he went 1–6 with a 6.02 ERA. In 2006, he played for Billings, Single-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga. In his second year, he went 4–6 with a 3.59 ERA. In 2008, he was promoted to the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats, where he went 4–1 with a 1.50 ERA.[1]

He was added to the Reds' 40-man roster after the 2009 season to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.[2]


In 2010, Ondrusek made the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day roster with a strong showing in spring training, throwing 10 scoreless innings.[3] He made his first professional appearance on Opening Day at Great American Ballpark, pitching a scoreless 8th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, with an 11.12 ERA through nine appearances, he was sent down to Triple-A Louisville on April 22.[3] Due to injuries and struggles in the Reds' bullpen, Ondrusek was recalled to the majors on June 1.e[4] Despite a rough initial appearance upon his return to the big leagues (giving up a home run to Matt Holliday in his first game back), Ondrusek settled down, with a 1.27 ERA from his June 1 recall through August 10. This included a streak of 22 scoreless innings in 20 appearances.[5]

He earned the first win of his MLB career on July 23 against the Houston Astros after pitching a scoreless 7th inning. He picked up four more wins over the rest of the season, finishing the 2010 regular season 5–0 with a 3.68 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 58.2 innings.[6]

Ondrusek pitched in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first game, he pitched 1.2 innings, allowing no hits or runs despite committing a throwing error. In Game 2, Ondrusek was brought in with two outs and the bases loaded in the 6th inning, and allowed a run on a hit batsman. However, he got the next batter to ground out, escaping the jam with minimal damage.[7] Ondrusek finished the 2010 postseason with a 0.00 ERA with no walks in two innings pitched in two games.[8]


Ondrusek pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in 2011

Ondrusek played all of 2011 with Cincinnati, where in 66 appearances, he went 5-5 with a 3.23 ERA and 14 holds, striking out 41 in 61.1 innings. He was used mostly in the 7th and 8th innings, usually to pitch one inning per game.


Ondrusek played most of 2012 with Cincinnati, but was optioned to Louisville on August 21 when the Reds were in need of a catcher after Devin Mesoraco was suspended.[9] He was brought back up when the rosters expanded in September. In 63 appearances in 2012, Ondrusek went 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 13 holds, striking out 39 in 54.2 innings. He was used mostly in the 8th inning, with 32 of his appearances coming in the 8th.


On January 17, 2013, Ondrusek signed a two-year, $2.35 million contract to avoid arbitration. As a Super Two player, Ondrusek will have four years of arbitration versus the normal three.[10]

Ondrusek began 2013 with Double-A Pensacola after a spring training in which he gave up nine runs in 10.2 innings with a WHIP of 2.062. He made three appearances with the Blue Wahoos before being recalled to Cincinnati. He was optioned to Louisville on June 8 after an outing in which he gave up four runs. He had a 5.64 ERA and a 1.299 WHIP in 21 appearances at the time.[11] Ondrusek returned on June 29 after Johnny Cueto went on the disabled list.[12] Ondrusek finished the year in the Reds' bullpen. In 52 appearances with Cincinnati, he was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA, striking out 53 in 55 innings.


Ondrusek was placed on the disabled list on July 23, 2014, with right shoulder soreness. At the time, he had a 3-2 record and a 4.31 ERA in 29 appearances out of the Reds bullpen. He was activated from the DL on August 18.[13]

Tokyo Yakult Swallows[edit]


On December 29, 2014, Ondrusek signed a one-year deal with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball.[14] In his first season, Ondrusek posted an ERA of 2.05 in 72 games. He re-signed for the 2016 season and was named their closer. Ondrusek was suspended by the Swallows for an incident with the team's coaches in a June 26 game and was later released by the club. In his two seasons with the Swallows, he pitched in 102 games, posting an 8-3 record with 11 saves and a 2.17 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Ondrusek signed a major league deal on July 29, 2016, with the Baltimore Orioles after the club designated relief pitcher Chaz Roe for assignment. On November 4, the Orioles declined Ondrusek's 2017 option, making him a free agent.[15]

On December 13, 2016, Ondrusek signed a major-league contract with the Orioles before being released on March 17, 2017. [16] [17]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On March 27, 2018, Ondrusek signed a minor-league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[18] He was released on July 17, 2018.

Long Island Ducks[edit]

On July 25, 2018, Ondrusek signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On February 6, 2019, Ondrusek signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.[19]

Pitching style[edit]

Ondrusek mostly uses three pitches: a four-seam fastball averaging about 92–93 mph, a slider around 80 mph, and a cutter in the low 90s. He also has a sinker and a changeup, which is used primarily against lefties. He throws with a straight-over-the-top motion.[20][21]


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  2. ^ Sheldon, Mark (November 20, 2009). "Reds make moves, fill out roster". MLB.com. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Reds call up Fisher, send down Ondrusek". MLB.com. April 22, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Del Rosario, Ondrusek up for Lincoln, Fisher". MLB.com. June 1, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ondrusek prepares to start a new streak". MLB.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  6. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=446185
  7. ^ Sheldon, Mark. "Reds lose ball, game, unravel in Philadelphia". MLB.com. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  8. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/individual_player_postseason.jsp?statType=2&playerID=446185
  9. ^ Sheldon, Mark (August 21, 2012). "Reds make tough call to option Ondrusek". Reds.com.
  10. ^ Logan Ondrusek gets 2-year deal
  11. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (June 8, 2013). "Logan Ondrusek optioned, Curtis Partch called up". Cincinnati Enquirer.
  12. ^ Sheldon, Mark (June 29, 2013). "Reds place Cueto on DL, call up OndrusekReds place Cueto on DL, call up Ondrusek". MLB.com.
  13. ^ Twitter / Reds: .@DatDudeBP and Ondrusek off DL. @Tucker_Barnhart and Axelrod to Louisville.
  14. ^ "Swallows sign reliever Ondrusek". Japan Times. December 29, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  15. ^ Adams, Steve (November 4, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/4/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  16. ^ @Orioles (December 13, 2016). "The Orioles have signed RHP Logan Ondrusek to a Major League contract" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/03/orioles-release-logan-ondrusek.html
  18. ^ Adams, Steve (April 2, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 4/2/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  19. ^ Eddy, Matt (February 18, 2019). "Minor League Transactions: Feb 2 - Feb 15". Baseball America. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Logan Ondrusek". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  21. ^ "Logan Ondrusek". FanGraphs. Retrieved 26 April 2012.

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