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Casey Michael Abrams

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Casey Abrams is a former minor league baseball pitcher who played from 2003 to 2005 in the Seattle Mariners system and in 2006 for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.

He threw a low-90s fastball and his strikeout pitch was a low-80s slider. He was ranked the 88th best prospect in the 2003 draft by Baseball America. [1]

As a sophomore, he went 3-3 with a 4.78 ERA (the year before that he went 2-1 with a 7.03 ERA) for Wright State. In 2003, he was far sharper, striking out 158 in 114 1/3 IP to finish second in NCAA Division I behind Wade Townsend and right ahead of Jeff Niemann and Brad Sullivan. He also outpaced Tim Stauffer, Jered Weaver and Justin Verlander. His ERA of 2.76 was 4th in the Horizon League. On the other hand, his record was only 2-7 with 3 saves.

Abrams was drafted in the fifth round (146th overall) in the 2003 amateur draft. Pitching in four games for the Everett Aqua Sox in 2003, Abrams walked seven and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings of work. He posted a 7.11 ERA.

His 2004 performance was even more atrocious: in 37 appearances for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, he allowed 42 earned runs in 29 2/3 innings for a 12.74 ERA. His record was 1-3 and he threw ten wild pitches. Save for one appearance, he was used almost exclusively as a reliever that year.

In contrast to the previous year, Abrams was used almost entirely as a starter for the Timber Rattlers in 2005. He didn't improve much. In 17 games - 16 of which he started - he posted a 4-7 record with a 6.04 ERA. In 76 innings, he walked 63 batters and struck out only 35, and he threw 12 wild pitches.

Playing for the Evansville Otters in 2006, Abrams started four games, winning zero and losing two. He posted an ERA of 6.75.

Overall, in four minor league seasons, Abrams posted a 5-12 record with a 7.71 ERA. He walked 104 batters in 133 1/3 innings, striking out only 84.

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