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Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal

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Pitcher Mike MacDougal was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1996 amateur draft and again in 1998 but did not sign with the club. He was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 1999 amateur draft and made his pro debut that year with the Spokane Indians. Primarily a starter early in his career, he made his debut in the Royals rotation in late 2001, going 1-1 in 3 starts. After making his final start of the year, he suffered a fractured skull after being struck by a bat in the dugout.

He recovered in time for the 2002 season and spent time at Class A, AA, and AAA before being recalled by the Royals in September. Despite little big league experience, he began 2003 as the Royals' closer and excelled in that role, notching 27 saves and making the All-Star team. However, the next year he started the season on the Disabled List with a stomach virus, and once he returned, he struggled, posting a 10.80 ERA before being demoted to the Omaha Royals in May. He returned to the majors in September and performed better, lowering his ERA to 5.56. In 2005, he again became the Royals closer and saved 21 games for the team.

MacDougal struggled with a shoulder injury in early 2006, appearing in just 4 games for the Royals before being traded to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes in July. With the Sox, he quickly became one of the more dependable members of the team's bullpen, posting a 1.80 ERA in 25 appearances with the Sox. He struggled, however, in 2007, posting a 6.80 ERA in 54 games and was even demoted briefly to the AAA Charlotte Knights, with whom he did not allow an earned run in 8 outings. He pitched again with the White Sox in 2008 after beginning the year with Charlotte.

During his All-Star season in 2003, he was nicknamed "Mac the Ninth" by the media.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (2003)

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