UNITED STATES – Former Major League pitcher Brian Powell died Monday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Post-Searchlight of Bainbridge, Georgia. The 35-year-old is survived by his wife and three children.
A 1995 second round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers, Powell posted a 3-8 record with the Tigers in 1998 before getting traded to the Houston Astros a year later with four other players in exchange for Brad Ausmus and C.J. Nitkowski.
The right-hander appeared in nine games, including five as a starter, for the Astros in 2000 and went 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA. He pitched in one game for Houston in 2001, allowing five hits and six earned runs in three innings in an Aug. 11 start at Florida. On May 6, 2001, he threw a no-hitter as a member of the Astros’ organization at Triple-A New Orleans.
He returned to Detroit in 2002 and pitched for San Francisco in 2003 before finishing his career in Philadelphia in 2004. He was 7-18 with a 5.94 ERA in 34 career big league games.