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- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 7", Weight 218 lb.
Wayne Lundgren spent 6 years in the minor leagues.
Lundgren debuted as a pro with the 2000 GCL Red Sox, going 2-2 with a save and a 3.41 ERA but allowing a .314 batting average. He pitched in the International Baseball League of Australia in 2000-2001, going 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA. In 2001, he had a 4-2, 2 Sv, .31 record for the GCL Sox, cutting the opponent average to .290. Wayne did not pitch in 2002, then split 2003 between the Lowell Spinners (1-2, 3.46) and Augusta GreenJackets (7 R in 5 IP). He was released by Boston.
In 2004, the tall right-hander was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched that year for the Peoria Chiefs (2-2, 3.94 in 33 G) and Palm Beach Cardinals (0-1, 4.26 in 8 G). He spent 2005 with the Swing of the Quad Cities (1-0, 8.76 in 10 G) and Palm Beach (3-3, 4.15 in 25 G, .319 opponent average).
Lundgren pitched for Australia in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In the 5th against the Dominican national team, he replaced Paul Mildren with a 5-1 deficit. He retired Ronnie Belliard, Wily Mo Pena and Alberto Castillo in order. After Australia made it 5-2, Lundgren opened the bottom of the 6th by hitting Willy Taveras. Taveras stole second and moved to third on a ground out by Alfonso Soriano. Wayne retired Albert Pujols on a grounder but Luis Polonia singled in Taveras to make it 6-2. Lundgren then continued his fine run against MLB All-Stars by retiring Miguel Tejada on a fly to right. Matty Gahan relieved him in the 7th.
Wayne moved to the Cincinnati Reds chain in 2006 and pitched for the Sarasota Reds (0-2, 7.62, .379 average allowed in 8 G) and Dayton Dragons (2-1, Sv, 2.60 in 12 G). In 2008, he went 11-3 with a 3.28 for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League, finishing 6th in the circuit in ERA.
While he had not pitched in the affiliated US minors since '06 and had not pitched in Australia in 2007-2008, Lundgren's strong start to the 2009 Claxton Shield earned him a spot on Australia's provisional roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic though he did not make the final cut.