Mike Welch (baseball)

Mike Welch (baseball)

Mike Welch
Born: (1972-08-25) August 25, 1972 (age 41)
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 17, 1998 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 0–2
Earned run average 8.27
Strikeouts 15

Michael Paul Welch (born August 25, 1972) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Welch attended the University of Southern Maine where he participated in playing college baseball.


On June 3, 1993, Welch was drafted by the New York Mets in the amateur draft. He signed with the Mets on June 15. On December 15, 1997, the Mets traded Welch for Héctor Mercado,[1] who on that day was just drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.[2]

Welch made his major league debut on July 17, 1998 with the Phillies at age 25.[3][4] On that day, the Phillies were playing against the Mets at Shea Stadium, with 23,298 people attending the game.[4] Welch was called in to replace Desi Relaford, pitching and batting eighth in the bottom of the fifth inning.[4] Welch pitched a total of 2⅔ innings. Rubén Amaro, Jr. was called to pinch hit for Welch.[4] Welch allowed two hits, one run, one home run, and ended the game with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.38.[4] The Philles lost to the Mets by the score of 6-0.[4]

Welch played the 1998 baseball season with the Phillies, his only major league season. He played his final major league game on September 27, 1998. Welch played a total of 10 games during his one-year career. He lost two games pitching and didn't win a game. Welch pitched a total of 20⅔ innings. He allowed 26 hits, and 7 home runs. Welch also allowed seven walks and threw fifteen strikeouts. He ended his career with an earned run average of 8.27.


External links

  • Baseball America


  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)