Douglas Michael Waechter (born January 28, 1981 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He graduated from Northeast High School and was then drafted by the Devil Rays in the 3rd round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. During his minor league career he threw a no-hitter when he was with the Single-A short season club, the Hudson Valley Renegades. Since making his major league debut in 2003, he has been shuffled back and forth between Triple-A Durham and Tampa Bay, making 54 starts with the Devil Rays. After having shoulder surgery in October 2006, he was released by the team on November 22. He has then made a comeback with the D-Rays, being put on the 60 day DL. His season has compiled of two rehab starts with the Hudson Valley Renegades, Tampa's single A short season affiliate. His rehab starts were against the Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees affiliate, and the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets affiliate. He has compiled a 1-1 record giving up three runs in the two rehab starts.
During the 2007 offseason, he was signed to a minor league contract by the Florida Marlins. After spring training, he was assigned to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. His contract was purchased on April 18, 2008, and he was promoted to the Marlins as a relief pitcher.
On December 11, 2008, Waechter signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals