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Cameron Cairncross

Cam Cairncross - LHP
Hometown: Cairns, QLD
Debut: 20 July 2000
Final Game: 1 October 2000
Teams played for: Cleveland Indians

Queenslander Cam Cairncross fought through a difficult decade to make his MLB dreams a reality.

The left-hander grew up in Cairns and attended high school there before signing with the San Diego Padres as an amateur free agent in 1990. Cairncross began his professional career in 1991 in Charleston, South Carolina and slowly worked his way up the Padres' Minor League ladder, reaching Triple-A in 1994.

Unfortunately, Cairncross missed both the 1995 and 1996 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. The southpaw briefly pitched in the Padres' system in 1997 and became a free agent after the season, signing with the Cleveland Indians.

Cairncross finally got his Major League chance on 20 July 2000, when the Indians promoted him from Double-A Akron. He pitched the final inning of a 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, giving up one hit and walking one batter without allowing a run. Before being called up, Cairncross had a 1-0 record and 1.52 ERA with Akron. He appeared on the mound several more times for the Indians throughout the rest of July and in September and October. The team used him mostly as a lefty specialist reliever, coming into games to get one or two outs only.

In 15 Major League games, Cairncross went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched. Cairncross picked up his lone MLB victory on 3 September in an extra-inning game against the Baltimore Orioles, pitching the top of the 11th inning and winning the game when the Indians hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the frame. However, just as injuries delayed Cairncross's MLB debut, they also shortened his brief career. After another shoulder surgery in 2001, he was released by the Indians and retired.

View Cam Cairncross' career statistics from Baseball Reference