Brian Shouse

From BR Bullpen

Brian Douglas Shouse

BR page

Biographical Information[edit]

Brian Shouse is a pitcher out of Bradley University who played 18 seasons in the minor leagues and ten in the major leagues. He pitched over 1,000 games during his professional career.

He was drafted in the 13th round of the 1990 amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Assigned to the Welland Pirates, he went 4-3 with 2 saves and a 5.22 ERA as a rookie, showing a good K/BB ratio at least (39 K, 7 BB in 39 2/3 IP). In 1991, Brian was 2-3 with 8 saves and a 3.19 ERA as the main closer for the Augusta Pirates, with a WHIP of 1.00 and over a strikeout per inning. Moving up to the Salem Buccaneers, he had a 2-1, 3 Sv, 2.94 finish to the year.

In 1992, the 23-year-old went 5-6 with 4 saves and a 2.44 ERA in 59 outings for the Carolina Mudcats, striking out 80 and walking 28 in 77 innings. The next season, in 1993 Brian went 1-0 with 2 saves and a 3.83 ERA with the Buffalo Bisons, his strikeout rate falling drastically, with 25 in 52 innings. He also made his first 6 major league appearances, working four innings and allowing four runs and nine baserunners, striking out three.

In 1994, Shouse pitched 43 games for Buffalo, with a 3-4, 3.63 result. Converted to starting pitching in 1995 with Dan Plesac and Jason Christiansen as fine lefties in the Pittsburgh bullpen, Shouse went 7-6 with a 4.47 ERA for Carolina (only 19 walks in 115 IP) and 4-4, 6.18 for the Calgary Cannons, allowing 62 hits in 39 innings.

1996 was his last chance in the Pirates system and after a 1-0, 10.66 start for Calgary (22 hits in 13 innings), he was cut loose on May 16th but was signed less than a week later by the Baltimore Orioles. The lefty was assigned to the Rochester Red Wings and went 1-2, 4.50 with 2 saves for them. Brian put it back together with Rochester in 1997, going 6-2 with 9 saves and a 2.27 ERA in 54 outings. He whiffed 81 in 71 innings, allowing 48 hits and 21 walks for the pennant-winning Red Wings.

In 1998, he moved to the Boston Red Sox system and went 2-0 with 6 saves and a 2.90 ERA for the Pawtucket Red Sox but allowed 5 runs and 13 baserunners in 8 innings with Boston, in his first major league action since his debut in 1993. Released in June, he was picked up by the Kintetsu Buffaloes. With Kintetsu, he allowed 53 baserunners in 26 1/3 innings, having a 6.49 ERA and 0-2 record. Having been toasted in his only time in Japan, he was not invited back for 1999.

Starting in 1999, he became a minor league journeyman, pitching in turn for the organizations of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Orioles, the New York Mets, the Houston Astros, and the Kansas City Royals, following the rule of "have left arm, will travel." In the Arizona system in 1999, Brian went 3-4 with a 6.25 ERA for the Tucson Sidewinders. In 2000, he was 0-1 with the Norfolk Tides of the Mets organization and allowed 5 runs in 3 innings, being let go on April 14th and was picked up a month later by the Baltimore Orioles. Back in Rochester, he was 4-4 with 2 saves and a 2.81 ERA.

At age 32, Shouse signed with Houston and pitched for the New Orleans Zephyrs, racking up a 2-2 record, 2.89 ERA and 1 save. He struck out 56 in 53 innings that year. His 8th professional organization and 16th team came in 2002 with the Kansas City Royals signing him. He allowed 3 runs in 2 1/3 innings with the Omaha Royals, giving up 7 hits. Back in the major leagues for the first time in four years, he made 23 appearances with Kansas City, posting a 6.14 ERA in 23 outings and was released on June 27th. Houston re-signed him and he was 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA for New Orleans, striking out 20 and walking 3 in 21 innings.

Moving to his 18th team in 2003, Shouse was 0-1 with 1 save and a 3.68 ERA in 6 games for the Oklahoma RedHawks. He was up with the Texas Rangers pitching in 62 games, with an ERA of 3.10 at the age of 34. The 62 appearances were almost twice as many as he had pitched altogether in his previous major league shots with the Pirates, Red Sox, and Royals.

He appeared in 53 more games for the Rangers in 2004 with an ERA of 2.23, briefly also pitching 9 games in the minors (0-0, 6.14, 16 baserunners in 7 innings).

In 2004, he was in 64 games with the Rangers, with an ERA of 5.23.

In 2006, he was traded during the season from the Rangers to the Milwaukee Brewers, his 20th team and 10th organization. He had a 4.15 ERA for Texas and was 1-3 with 2 saves and a 3.97 ERA in 59 contests (just 34 IP) for the 2006 Brewers.

In 2007, Shouse set the season record for most appearances without giving up a home run, breaking the mark held for one year by George Sherrill. He pitched in 73 games, working only 47 2/3 IP as a LOOGY and going 1-1 with 1 save and a 3.02 ERA; he had a 148 ERA+, the second-best of his big league career to that point. His final major league appearance came with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.

Shouse was a pitching coach for the AZL Rangers in 2012-2015, Frisco Rough Riders in 2016-2017, Round Rock Express in 2018 and Nashville Sounds in 2019.

Sources include 1991-2006 Baseball Almanacs, by Gary Garland

Related Sites[edit]