Robert James Delaney
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 230 lb.
- School St. John's University
- High School Pascack Valley High School
- Debut September 4, 2010
- Final Game July 27, 2011
- Born September 8, 1984 in Westwood, NJ USA
Rob Delaney made it to the majors in 2010.
Delaney was all-league three times in high school. He redshirted as a college freshman, then was a setup man for Craig Hansen for two years. In 2004, he had a 3-1, 2.90 record for St. John's. He was 5-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 2005, with only one homer in 45 1/3 IP. He started 15 games as a junior, posting a 7-3, 4.01 record with over a strikeout per inning. Undrafted, he was signed by scout John Wilson for $500 for the Minnesota Twins.
Rob made his pro debut with the GCL Twins, going 1-3 with two saves and a 4.64 ERA with just one walk in 33 innings. Moved up to the Fort Myers Miracle, the right-hander gave up three runs in five innings. In 2007, Delaney blossomed, going 1-0 with 28 saves and a 0.77 ERA for the Beloit Snappers. He held opponents to a .152 average and walked 6 while fanning 56 in 46 2/3 innings. Promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle, Delaney was 2-0 with 7 saves and a 1.54 ERA, again whiffing over a batter per inning. He tied Bobby Korecky for the most saves by a Twins farmhand and tied Korecky and Chris Perez for second in the affiliated minors, after Steven Register. Despite not finishing the season in the circuit, he was second in the Midwest League in saves, 3 behind Kenny Maiques. Delaney made the MWL All-Star team, picked alongside Barret Browning as the top two relievers. Baseball America rated him as the circuit's top relief pitcher. Not bad for a guy who no one wanted to draft just a year prior.
Rob remained dominant in 2008 with the Miracle (1-2, 13 Sv, 1.42, .207 average, 34 K, 4 BB in 31 2/3 IP) and the New Britain Rock Cats (2-1, 5 Sv, 1.05, 7 BB, 38 K in 34 1/3 IP, .171 opponent average). He finished with the second-lowest opponent average in the Eastern League. He pitched with Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League that off-season.
In '09, the St. John's alumnus slumped a bit with New Britain (1-1, 2.00, 40 K, 6 BB in 36 IP) and the Rochester Red Wings (7-3, 7 Sv, 4.53). His 62 outings tied Anthony Slama, Craig Baker and Colt Hynes for second in the affiliated minors, behind Brandon Gomes.
Delaney was no better with the 2010 Red Wings (7-9, 4 Sv, 4.72, 82 K, 23 BB in 80 IP). He was a September call-up to the Twins, though. He gave up a home run to the first major league batter he faced, Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers.