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Pitcher David Purcey was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round of the 2001 amateur draft, but opted for college. After 3 seasons with the Sooners, he was then selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft. Purcey was signed by scout Ty Nichols and made his pro debut that summer with the Auburn Doubledays, going 1-0 in 3 outings. He began the next season with the Dunedin Blue Jays, going 5-4 with a 3.63 ERAin 21 starts and earning a spot on the Florida State League All-Star team. He was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in July and went 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 8 starts for them. However, he struggled in 2006, going 6-12 with a 5.53 ERA in 28 starts between the Syracuse SkyChiefs and the Fisher Cats. He returned to New Hampshire in 2007 and went 3-5 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts for the club.

After beginning 2008 by going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 3 starts for the Syracuse Chiefs, Purcey was called up by the Blue Jays. He made his big league debut on April 18th, starting a game against the Detroit Tigers and giving up just 1 earned run in 4 1/3 innings. He went 3-6 with a 5.54 ERA for the Jays that first season, then began 2009 in the starting rotation. He had a rough start and was sent down to the minors after a few weeks, coming back in September. Overall, he went 1-3, 6.19 in 9 starts in Toronto, and was 9-6, 4.46 in 24 starts for the Las Vegas 51s. In 2010, he was moved to the bullpen with outstanding results. He began the year at Las Vegas, posting a 3.38 ERA in 17 games before re-joining the games. Over his first 19 games, he posted an ERA under 1.00 out of the bullpen. He earned his first major league save against the Baltimore Orioles on July 26, pitching an inning and a third of hitless relief.

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