Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm
Maholm with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1982-06-25) June 25, 1982
Greenwood, Mississippi
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 30, 2005 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 77-100
Earned run average 4.30
Strikeouts 984

Paul Gurner Maholm (pronounced Mah-HALL-uhm; born June 25, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Amateur career

Maholm is a graduate of Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee. He was a three-year letterman while pitching at Mississippi State University for the Bulldogs.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

Maholm was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2003 draft.

While playing in the minor leagues in 2004, Maholm was struck in the face by a line drive. This resulted in a badly broken nose and a shattered left orbital, requiring surgery to repair the damage.[1]

He made his major league debut as a starter, on August 30, 2005 against the Milwaukee Brewers and pitched eight shutout innings, earning his first career win. He compiled a 3-1 record in six games, with a 2.18 ERA.

In 2006, Maholm made 30 starts for the Pirates, going 8-10 with a 4.76 ERA in 176 innings. He struck out 117 while walking a career high 81 and hitting 12 batters.

Maholm pitched his first shutout, while giving up three hits in a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros on April 24, 2007. The rest of his season went sour, finishing 10-15 in 29 starts. He minimized his walk total from the previous year, inducing just 49 walks in 177.2 innings.

2008 proved to be one of Maholm's best seasons as a starting pitcher. Despite not reaching double digit wins in 31 starts (9-9), he did however lower his ERA by more than a run from the previous year, finishing with a 3.79 ERA in a career high 206.1 innings.

After the 2008 season, Maholm signed a three-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $14.5 million and a team option for 2012.[2]

In 2009, Maholm hit his first major league home run, off the Mets' John Maine. He finished 2009 with a record of 8-9, 4.44 ERA, 14 home runs allowed, 6 hit batsmen, 60 walks, 119 strikeouts, .290 average against, a 1.44 walks and hits per innings pitched, in 194.2 innings pitched.

Maholm reverted to his 2007 performance in 2010, finishing with a record of 9-15 with a career high 5.10 ERA.[3]

In 2011, Maholm had a stint on the DL, missing more than 3 starts on the season.[4] He finished 6-14 despite having an ERA of 3.66 and allowing just 11 home runs.

Chicago Cubs

On January 10, 2012, Maholm signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with the Chicago Cubs with an option for a second year.[5] He was 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts.

Atlanta Braves

Maholm was traded to the Atlanta Braves on July 30, 2012 with Reed Johnson for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.[6][7] He was 14-16 with a 4.14 ERA over 1 1/2 seasons.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On February 8, 2014, Maholm signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[8][9] He started eight games for the Dodgers because of various injuries but spent most of his time in the bullpen as a long reliever. In 30 games he had a 4.84 ERA and a 1-5 record. In a game on August 1 against the Chicago Cubs, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was lost for the season.[10]

Pitching style

Maholm throws a wide variety of pitches and with a great range of speeds. His lead pitch is a sinker in the 87–89 mph range. He also throws a four-seam fastball (87–90), changeup (80–83), cut fastball (83–86), slider (79–82), and curveball (70–75). Maholm uses the cutter and changeup almost exclusively on right-handed hitters, while the slider is used only on lefties. He throws his curveball to batters from both sides of the plate. In 2013, he added a slow curveball that ranges from 70 MPH to 62 MPH, that at times dips in the 50's.[11]


  1. ^ Maholm no stranger to overcoming adversity
  2. ^ Sheldon, Mark (2009-01-30). "Pirates sign Maholm and Hinske Ace left-hander inks three-year deal with option for 2012".  
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  6. ^ Syder, Matt (2012-07-30). "Cubs trade Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Braves".  
  7. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 30, 2012). "Braves To Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm". 
  8. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (February 8, 2014). "Dodgers add LHP Paul Maholm". Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (February 8, 2014). "Dodgers sign pitcher Paul Maholm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ Stephen, Eric (August 2, 2014). "Paul Maholm has ACL tear in right knee". 
  11. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Paul Maholm". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)