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Brandon William Camardese (Dice)
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 214 lb.
Brandon Camardese pitched in the minor leagues.
Camardese was 4-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 50 K in 49 IP as a high school sophomore. He improved to 5-2, 2.15 as a junior. His senior year, Brandon had a 8-3, 0.97 record with 79 K in 77 IP. The Chicago White Sox took him in the 7th round of the 2001 amateur draft but he opted for college.
As a freshman in 2002, Brandon was the worst pitcher for the University of Miami, going 0-3 with a 7.18 ERA and a WHIP of 2. Brandon improved to 9-2, 5.01 as a sophomore. He did not lose in the regular season; his second loss came in the 2003 College World Series against the University of Texas. That summer, he had a 3-1, 1.08 record for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League. The Floridian was 6-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 2004 and held opponents to a .239 average but walked 42 in 90 innings. He gave up 4 runs in 1 1/3 IP in the 2004 College World Series.
He went 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA for the 2005 Billings Mustangs in his pro debut. In 2006, Brandon pitched for four different Reds affiliates, but threw 46 2/3 innings only. He was 2-4 between his various stops. He pitched in the independent leagues in 2007, going 3-2 with a 4.61 ERA for the Charlotte County Redfish.
Camardese signed with the Toronto Blue Jays organization and split 2008 between the Dunedin Blue Jays (1-0, 1 R in 17 IP) and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (0-1, 11 H, 6 R in 4 1/3 IP). Let go by Toronto, he signed with the Edmonton Cracker-Cats and was batted around for 23 hits, 19 runs and 11 walks in only 11 2/3 IP, going 1-1.
Signing with Godo in Italy, Camardese was 2-7 with a save and a 4.34 ERA in 2009. He allowed a .309 opponent average. He tied for fifth in the Italian Baseball League in losses, but was still chosen for Italy's team in the 2009 Baseball World Cup.