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Mark Ettles

Mark Ettles - RHP
Hometown: Perth, WA
Debut: 5 June 1993
Final Game: 9 July 1993
Teams played for: San Diego Padres

 

The early 1990s was a great time to be an Australian dreaming of playing professional baseball. Between 1 May 1992 and 31 May 1993, four young Aussie ballplayers made their Major League debuts.

The third, Mark Ettles, was born in baseball powerhouse Western Australia and debuted for the San Diego Padres, the team Craig Shipley spent most of his career with, on 5 June 1993. Ettles went to high school in Melbourne before moving to the USA to play college baseball, first at the University of South Alabama and then at the University of West Florida.

The Detroit Tigers drafted the right-hander in the 33rd round of the 1989 amateur draft, and he played in their Minor League system for parts of two seasons before being released in 1991. Ettles signed with the Padres shortly after his release from the Tigers, and spent his month in MLB two years later.

Ettles's time at the top in San Diego was brief. He made his final MLB appearance on 9 July 1993. In 14 MLB games, Ettles had a 1-0 record and 6.50 ERA. He played in the Padres minor league system until 1995 and spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, going 6-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 49 games.

Ettles also represented Australia in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, placing seventh with the men's national team.

View Mark Ettles's career statistics from Baseball Reference