Ian Snell

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Ian Snell, a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, was a major-league pitcher for seven seasons. In 2006, he was named Delaware’s Athlete of the Year and in 2018 was inducted into the Delaware
Baseball Hall of Fame.

At Caesar Rodney, where he was named first-team All-State in 1999 as a junior, he struck out 17 in a 2000 state tournament game against Caravel and fanned 14 Concord hitters during the 1999 state
tournament.  Drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, he ascended quickly through the Pirates’ system, and was promoted to the majors in late 2004. In 2003, he was named the Pirates’
organizational Pitcher of the Year after going 14-4 with a 3.00 ERA between A Lynchburg and AA Altoona.

In 2006, he became the Pirates number two starter, went 14-11, with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings, and was named Delaware Athlete of the Year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters
Association. In 2007, he was the Pirates’ workhorse, leading the team in innings, pacing the Bucs’ starters in WHIP, strikeouts and ERA.

During his Major League career, he started 136 games and posted 38 victories with a 4.80 earned run average while striking out 639 batters in 803 innings.

After two more years in the Pittsburgh rotation, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, for whom he was a spot starter for two seasons. He also played for Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball
Classic. Although he was raised in Delaware, he suited up for Puerto Rico as a tribute to his stepfather and his wife, both natives of the island.

 

 

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