Robert Wells, called Kip, was born on April 21, 1977 in Houston, Texas. He is a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
Kip is 6’ 3”, weighs 205 pounds, and bats and throws right-handed.
High SchoolKip attended Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. An honor student, he won All-State and All-America honors in his Senior year (1995 for his baseball skills.
CollegeKip was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 58th round of the major league drafit in June, 1995, but decided to go to Baylor University.
Minor LeaguesKip was the first round (16th overall) draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 draft.
’'’Major LeaguesAfter only a year in the minors, Kip made his major league debut for the White Sox, on August 2, 1999.
After the 2001 season, in which he split time between the White Sox’s starting rotation and the bullpen, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In March, 2006, Kip had surgery to remove a blood clot in his right arm. After rehab, he returned to the field on June 19, 2006.
At the trade deadline in 2006, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded him to the Texas Rangers for Jesse Chavez. He was granted free agency in November, 2006.
On November 28, 2006, he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, but was a free agent at the end of the year.
On December 13, 2007, he signed with the Colorado Rockies. On April 30, he was place on the disabled list with blood clots in his pitching hand. On August 10, 2008 the Rockies designated him for assignment and he was eventually released.
Kip signed with the Kansas City Royals on August 18, 2008.
PersonalKip and his wife, Emily, live in Houston, Texas.