Left Handed pitcher
Leonard Edward DiNardo
6'4" listed 195 lbs
Born September 19th 1979 in Miami, Flordia
Attended College at Stetson
The 29 year old DiNardo is in a fight, a fight to make the Royals out of Spring Training.
DiNardo who has made it to the majors each of the last 5 years, has a career statline of 10-15 W-L record in 89 Games/29 starts, 235 IP and a 4.93 ERA.
Lenny was drafted by the Red Sox in the 10th Round out of High School in the 1998 amateur draft, he did not sign though, but instead went on to college and played for Stetson "The Hatters"
He was then drafted by the Mets in the 3rd Round of the 2001 amateur draft.
He signed July 14, 2001, and made his pro debut with the the Mets Single-A affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones. After going 4-11 in the 2003 season between High A and AA, but with a nice 2.52 ERA he was selected by the Red Sox in the Rule V draft September 15.
2004 His first MLB year
He started the season on the DL and made his major league debut on April 23 against the Yankees in New York pitched 1 inning facing three batters and collecting a strikeout.
DiNardo would go on to spend much of the second half of the season on the disabled list.
But still received a World Series ring for his contributions to the World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Final 2004 MLB stats:
0-0 record 22 APP 27 .2 IP 21/12 K/BB 4.23 ERA
The Red Sox sent the sent Lenny to Triple-A Pawtucket to start the 2005 season. He was recalled to the major league club five different times during the year.
Final 2005 MLB stats:
0-1 record 8 APP 1 GS 14 .2 IP 15/5 K/BB 1.84 ERA
In 2006, DiNardo made six starts in place of the injured David "Boomer" Wells. However, he spent a lot of time on the disabled list himself, due to a neck injury. DiNardo also pitched for team Italy in the Inaugural World Baseball Classic. Overall he had problems with control and had a bad year.
Final 2006 MLB stats:
1-2 record 13 APP 6 GS 39 IP 17/20 K/BB 7.85 ERA
Oakland years 2007-2008
To prepare for the 2007 MLB season, DiNardo played for the Peoria Javelinas of the AFL.But the Red Sox would never see his hard work pay off, On February 14, 2007, the A's claimed DiNardo off waivers. He would go on to have the best year of his career in 07 going 8-10 in 35 APP 20 Starts while racking up 131.1 IP and an ERA of 4.11
But last year like most of the Athletics team DiNardo struggled and finished the year with a 7.43 ERA.
"DiNardo is a very crafty lefty. His stuff does not blow you away, but he really knows how to pitch. He changes speeds, he has a good changeup, he's tough on righties with his changeup. If he sticks, it will be as a left-handed long guy. A guy to turn a lineup around."- Theo Epstein's scouting report on Lenny
Quick DiNardo Facts and such:
- DiNardo was the first former Brooklyn Cyclones player to get a World Series ring.
- Had the site talk-sports.net looking for his girlfriend
- A fan blog
- An "Over The Monster" Tribute
- Facebook group, #55 on the Sox, #1 in my heart (I joined the group today)
What was Gammons doing at Suprise with Dayton Moore ???
Looking To ROCK OUT !!!!
Top photo from lighthittinginfielder.com
Bottom Photo From "Boston Dirt Dogs" Lenny in middle sandwiched between Epstein and Gammons