Date of Birth: 02/14/1986
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 220 lbs
Resides: Wichita, KS
Highest Level: AAA
Banwart returns for his second season with the Ducks and 14th in professional baseball. The right-hander joined the Ducks in June of 2019 after making nine starts to begin the season with Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League. In six starts with the Flock, he compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.91 ERA, striking out 36 batters and walking just 10 over 37.2 innings of work. The Wichita, Kan. native recorded five quality starts in that time and struck out 11 batters over seven innings of one-run ball in his Ducks debut on June 9 against High Point. Banwart’s contract was then purchased by the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan on July 16, and he went on to make six more starts with the club.
Prior to joining Long Island, the 34-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his career (2007-13) in the Oakland Athletics organization and then pitched for two seasons (2014, 2017) in the Cleveland Indians system, reaching the Triple-A level with both. During his time with the Athletics, he earned back-to-back Texas League Mid-Season All-Star selections in 2009 and 2010 with Double-A Midland. He also pitched for three seasons (2014-16) in the Korean Baseball Organization, including two years with SK Wyverns and one with KT Wiz. More recently, the Wichita State University alum spent the 2018 campaign with his hometown Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association, posting an 8-4 record with a 2.24 ERA in 20 starts. Banwart was originally selected by the Athletics in the fourth round of the 2007 amateur draft.