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William Paul Bray

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Pitcher Bill Bray was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2004 amateur draft after going 4-4 with 8 saves and a 2.44 ERA (third in the Colonial Athletic Association) and 84 K in 59 IP. He was signed by scout Alex Smith for a $1.75 million bonus and made his pro debut that summer.

Bray made his pro debut that summer with the Brevard County Manatees, posting a 4.91 ERA and notching 1 save and losing two decisions in 6 games. He split the next season between the Potomac Nationals, Harrisburg Senators, and New Orleans Zephyrs, going 3-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 34 games between the three clubs. He began 2006 with the Zephyrs and went 4-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 5 saves before making his big league debut with the Washington Nationals. Shortly after reaching the majors, he was sent to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a multi-player trade. Between the two teams, he went 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 2 saves in 48 appearances.

Bray began the 2007 season on the disabled list, and after making rehab appearances for the Sarasota Reds and Louisville Bats was optioned to AAA Louisville. He was 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 18 games out of the bullpen for the Bats before being recalled by the Reds in August. He posted a 1.93 ERA in his first 11 outings in the majors but put up a 14.40 ERA after that. Overall, he made 19 appearances for the Reds, going 3-3 with a 6.28 ERA and 1 save. He made 9 appearances with the Bats, the was with the Reds for the remainder of the year in 2008, pitching 63 games with a 2.87 ERA and a 2-2 record; he struck out 54 batters in 47 innings. He then missed almost all of the 2009 season with an injury, being limited to 3 outings with Louisville.

Bray came back in 2010, pitching 10 games in the minor leagues (4 with the Lynchburg Hillcats and 6 with Louisville), not giving up a run before making his return with the Reds. He pitched 35 times out of the bullpen for the NL Central champions, with an 0-2 record and a 4.13 ERA. He was by then pretty much a full-time LOOGY in the majors, as his 35 games only resulted in 28.1 innings. He pitched twice in the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies, not allowing a run or a hit and striking out two batters in 1.2 innings. In 2011, he spent the entire season in the Reds' bullpen.

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