Padres Birthday Spotlight: Tim Stauffer and Josh Geer


Jul 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Tim Stauffer (46) delivers in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Padres defeated the Rockies 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Birthday to two former pitchers of the San Diego Padres, Tim Stauffer and Josh Geer. Stauffer turns 33 and Geer turns 32.

Stauffer was a big part of the Padres pitching staff for 9 seasons and is currently in the bullpen for an upstart Minnesota Twins team. In those 9 seasons, Stauffer made 73 starts and appeared in 183 games total. He was a great spot starter and was a full-fledge member of the Friars rotation in 2011.

He collected 32 wins and struck out 435. To some, his career may seem insignificant but he was as reliable a pitcher as the Padres could have asked for. His best season came in 2010 when he posted a 1.85 ERA in almost 83 innings. He also finished his Padres career with a 3.8 WAR. This means he was just as reliable as a pitcher like Latroy Hawkins in his prime.

Geer was drafted by the Padres in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft. He started out with a promising first few starts. He had a 2.67 ERA in his 5 starts in 2008. Then in 2009, the home run ball got to him. He allowed 27 big flies in 19 games. The Padres did sign him to a minor league contract in 2013 and 2014. He made 24 starts for the Doube-A San Antonio Missions last year but could never make it back to the Show. He is currently a free agent.

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