He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 8th round of the 2001 draft.
In 2005 he was a High-A All-Star. He was 6-0 that year with a 1.60 ERA, and in 78.2 innings gave up on only 47 hits and 23 walks, while striking out 110 batters.
As a rookie with the Orioles in 2006, in 52 relief appearances Britton was 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA, with 46 hits, 41 strikeouts, and 17 walks in 53.2 innings.
New York YankeesEdit
On November 12, 2006, the Orioles traded Britton to the New York Yankees for right-handed pitcher Jaret Wright and $4 million. He started the season at AAA Scranton but was called up on April 15, 2007 after a string of injuries to starting pitching and a pair of extra inning games. He made his first appearance with the Yankees two days later, on April 17, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He was recalled on August 29, 2007, with Sean Henn getting sent down to AAA. On June 6, 2008, Britton was placed on the disabled list.
At 275 pounds, Britton is one of the heaviest players in baseball. The only other major leaguers who are listed as-heavy or heavier are CC Sabathia, Jonathan Broxton, and Bobby Jenks. Like Britton, they are also pitchers in their 20s.
While Britton has generally put up good minor league numbers and had success with the Orioles during the 2006 season, he has been generally overlooked by the Yankees. Yankees fan blogs, which generally bemoan the team's relief pitchers, quickly grew frustrated with the team's reluctance to place Britton on the major league roster, or use him when available. This unwillingness to use the pitcher has been dubbed "Brittongate." Recently, general manager Brian Cashman expressed confidence in Britton: "He has not failed in any capacity at any level. Every chance he’s gotten, he’s had success, period. That’s what defines Chris Britton. I can’t tell you any more than that."
- He has a 92-93 mph fastball, a changeup, and a slider.
- Hobbies are hunting and fishing.
- ↑ Fordin, Spencer (2006-11-12). O's finalize deal with Yanks for Wright. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-6-3.
- ↑ Britton-gate. RiverAveBlues.com (2007-8-22). Retrieved on 2008-6-3.
- ↑ Kepner, Tyler (2008-5-29). Kennedy Is Put on Disabled List, But He May Throw in a Week. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-6-3.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Winter Wonders: All Hail Great Britton Baseball America, January 19, 2005
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