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Chad Qualls : biography

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Chad Michael Qualls (born Thursday August 17, 1978) is a professional baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. He has played for the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball career

Amateur career

Qualls attended Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California, Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) in Wilmington, California, and the University of Nevada-Reno in Reno, Nevada.

After pitching for LAHC, he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 52nd round of the 1997 MLB Draft, but he did not sign. He transferred to the University of Nevada, where he played college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack's baseball team, competing in the Big West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. He was named to the Big West Conference's second team in 1999.

In 2000, Qualls anchored the Wolf Pack's starting rotation with Darrell Rasner and Matt Rainer. Qualls pitched seven complete games for the Wolf Pack.http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/rgj/access/1710375051.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=May+11%2C+2008&author=JOE+SANTORO&pub=Reno+Gazette+-+Journal&desc=Howe's+complete-game+effort+helps+Pack+split+a+pair&pqatl=google

Qualls (left) with [[Dan Wheeler and Brad Lidge.]]

Houston Astros

Qualls was drafted in the second round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros. He began his career as a starting pitcher with the Michigan Battle Cats of the Class A Midwest League during the 2001 season. In 2002 and 2003, he pitched for the Round Rock Express, which competed in the Class AA Texas League. He was converted to relief during the 2004 season while with the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

Qualls made his major league debut with Astros on July 22, 2004. He pitched the next three seasons for the Astros. He recorded six saves and a 3.39 earned run average (ERA). Qualls joined with Dan Wheeler and Brad Lidge to form a strong bullpen, as the Astros reached the 2005 World Series.http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs2005/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=2198916 Qualls served a three game suspension for throwing a baseball into the stands.http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2938919

Arizona Diamondbacks

On December 14, 2007, the Astros traded Qualls to the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with Chris Burke and Juan Gutiérrez, for José Valverde. Qualls replaced Brandon Lyon as the closer for the Diamondbacks in mid-September 2008 after Lyon struggled in the second half of the season. He became one of four pitchers who pitched in at least 70 games every season from 2004 through 2008.

Qualls signed a $2.54 million contract with the Diamondbacks for the 2009 season. He became their closer at the start of the 2009 season. For the year, he recorded a 2–2 win-loss record, a 3.63 ERA, and 24 saves in 29 opportunities. On August 30, 2009, he suffered a patellar dislocation on the final play of a winning effort against the Astros. He required surgery and missed the rest of the season.

Qualls signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks for the 2010 season worth $4.185 million. However, he struggled with the Diamondbacks that season, pitching to a 8.29 ERA with 12 saves.

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Tampa Bay Rays

On July 31, 2010, Qualls was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later. He pitched in 27 games for them with a 5.57 ERA.

San Diego Padres

Qualls signed with the Padres for the 2011 season and a $6 million team option for 2012. He finished the 2011 season with a 6–8 record and 3.51 ERA in a team-high 77 appearances.

Philadelphia Phillies

Qualls signed a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on January 31, 2012.http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7523367/philadelphia-phillies-sign-reliever-chad-qualls-one-year-deal On April 4, he was named to the opening day roster. He began the year as the primary set up reliever to closer Jonathan Papelbon.http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/phillies-release-chad-qualls-amid-bullpen-shakeup/2012/06/28/gJQA94NT9V_story.html With the Phillies, Qualls pitched to a 4.60 ERA in 35 games.

New York Yankees

On July 1, 2012, Qualls was traded to the New York Yankees from the Phillies for a player to be named or cash. He replaced the struggling Cory Wade in the bullpen, as Wade was demoted to the minor leagues.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On July 31, 2012, Qualls was traded from the Yankees to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Casey McGehee.

Miami Marlins

On Friday, January 25, 2013, Chad Qualls reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.

Pitching style

Qualls throws two main pitches: a heavy sinker in the low-to-mid 90s, and a hard slider in the mid-to-upper 80s. He typically uses the sinker to get ahead in the count and the slider to get strikeouts. He also occasionally uses a changeup against left-handed hitters.

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