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Bryan Paul Bullington

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As a high schooler, pitcher Bryan Bullington was selected as Indiana's "Mr. Baseball". He went on to attend Ball State University, where he became the school's all-time leader with 29 wins and 367 strikeouts. Following a junior year where he went 11-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 139 strikeouts and was named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year, he was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft. He has been considered a signability pick and the Pirates were widely derided for choosing him, especially as he failed to stand out in the minor leagues. He was signed by Pirate scout Duane Gustavson.

He missed the entire 2006 season following shoulder surgery.

Bullington never emerged as a pitcher in the Pirates organization, and was designated for assignment in 2008. He was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians. He was called up to the Indians on September 8, 2008. Signed by the Toronto Blue Jays after the season, he was brought up to the majors in mid-April 2009 when the Jays ran into a spate of pitching injuries, but was sent back down to AAA Las Vegas on May 1 in spite of posting a decent 3.00 ERA in his short stint. On May 16, 2010, Bullington became the first player promoted to the Kansas City Royals by interim manager Ned Yost. He replaced first baseman Kila Kaaihue who was sent down to the AAA Omaha Royals. He finally picked up his first major league win on August 15 of that season, pitching 8 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball to give the Royals a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees.

Bullington signed with the Hiroshima Carp for 2011. He debuted on April 14 with 8 shutout innings against the Hanshin Tigers - he did allow seven hits and two walks, while fanning seven. He was relieved by Dennis Sarfate, who blew the shutout bid, but Bullington still got a win.

Bryan Bullington's wife's name is Lauren, and they have one daughter, Isabella, born on September 4, 2006. Athleticism runs in the family; in 1984, his father Larry was inducted into the Ball State Athletic Hall of Fame as a star in both basketball and baseball.

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