Nathaniel Snell (born September 2, 1959) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played during four seasons at the major league level for the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. He was signed by the Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1977. Snell played his first professional season with their Class A-Advanced Miami Orioles in 1977, and split his last season with the Class A-Advanced Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 1988. Snell spent parts of seven seasons in the minor leagues before getting called up during the 1984 season on 9/20. Snell threw a total of 7 and 2/3 innings that season, giving up only 2 earned runs and striking out seven. Snell was a regular in the Baltimore bullpen for all of 1985 and 1986, compiling a 2.69 era in 100 innings in 1985, and a 3.86 era in 72 innings in 1986. After the 1986 season, Snell signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers. He pitched 38 innings, compiling a 3.86 era with a 1-2 record. After that season, Snell threw a few more seasons in the minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds organization, and ultimately retired after 1990. Snell finished his major league career with a 7-6 record, a 3.29 ERA, 5 saves, 96 strike outs, and a 1.31 WHIP.
By Dean Hanley
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