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Ian Dante Snell (born October 30, 1981 in Dover, Delaware) is a pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners. He throws and bats right-handed. From 2001-2003, he went by the name Ian Oquendo, adopting the last name of his wife, and during the 2009 World Baseball Classic he went by Ian Davila-Snell, adopting his stepfather's surname. He throws a mid-90s fastball, along with a curveball, slider and changeup.

After being a standout pitcher at Caesar Rodney High School, Snell made his professional debut with the rookie league Gulf Coast Pirates in 2000 following being selected by the Pirates in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He made his debut on July 17, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against the GCL Expos.

In 2001, Snell split the season between the GCL Pirates and the Short Season-A New York - Penn League, Williamsport Crosscutters.

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