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Kyle Ehren Snyder (born September 9, 1977 in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent. Previously, Snyder played with the Kansas City Royals (2003, 2005-2006) and Boston Red Sox (2006-2008. He is listed at 6-8 and 220 pounds, is a switch hitter, and throws right-handed.
Snyder graduated from Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida in 1996. While in high school he lettered in baseball, basketball, swimming and golf. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1996 amateur draft but chose to attend UNC-Chapel Hill instead.
Snyder played three years for UNC-Chapel Hill, and also played for the Chatham Athletics of the Cape Cod Summer league where he was named the top prospect. In the summer of 1997, Snyder played in the Valley League (wooden-bat league in Virginia for pro prospects) for the Winchester Royals.
Kyle's preferred nickname is Big Snyd.
In 1999, he was a first round MLB draft pick (7th pick overall) of the Kansas City Royals. He played for Spokane Indians in 1999 and was named top prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America.
His career with the Royals was hampered by several injuries. He only pitched 2 games in 2000 and missed the entire 2001 minor league season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Between 2003 and 2005 he was on the disabled list four times including two stays on the 60 day disabled list, missing the entire 2004 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Despite his history with injuries, he was named the 7th-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America in 2003.
Snyder started the 2006 season with the Royal's minor league affiliate, Omaha Royals, and was promoted to the majors on June 8, 2006 to face the Texas Rangers. After giving up nine runs (five earned) and ten hits in a two inning start, he was designated for assignment.
He is best known in Boston for his 4 1/3 inning relief effort for the Red Sox in a July 31, 2006 game against the Cleveland Indians. Entering the game with Boston trailing 8-6 in the 5th, he held the Indians scoreless before David Ortiz hit a walk-off 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Red Sox a stunning 9-8 victory. He allowed only 1 hit while walking none and striking out 6.
Snyder first full season in the majors was in 2007 where he appeared in 46 games, one more than his previous three professional years combined. On January 12, 2007 he signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox avoiding the arbitration process.
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- ↑ Miller, Bard Grabbed In First Round Of MLB Draft. Tar Heels official website (2006-06-06). Retrieved on 2008-01-27.
- ↑ Robert Falkoff (2006-06-09). KC bats explode for win in 28-run affair. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-27.
- ↑ Howard Kussoy (2006-08-01). Snyder unsung hero against Cleveland. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-27.
- ↑ Red Sox, Snyder agree to deal. Boston Globe (2008-01-26). Retrieved on 2008-01-27.
- ↑ Gregor Chisholm (2008-04-06). Beckett move prompts Snyder's end: Boston to also make another transaction if Timlin is activated. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-06.