Inspiration For 50th Round Picks Everywhere

Mike Loree is too good for the Northwest League.

I first considered writing about Loree about two weeks ago, when he was in the midst of a remarkable stretch in which he retired 62 of 63 batters over four starts for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (A-, Northwest League).  If you want empirical proof that Wins and Losses are vastly overrated, look no further than Loree’s results from those games:

June 25: 5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts – NO DECISION
June 30: 6 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts – WIN
July 5: 7 innings, 1 run, 1 hit, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts – LOSS
July 11: 7 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts – NO DECISION

In his next two outings, on July 16 and 21, Loree came back down to earth, allowing six runs on fifteen hits in nine innings.  He struck out a total of just six batters and also issued his first walk of the season.

So why mention him now?

Because yesterday, 21-year-old righthander was at it again, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the fourth time.  He allowed two hits, a walk, and a run before leaving after 6.2 innings, but his team managed to get him some runs and the bullpen held the line for a 3-1 win that evened his record at 2-2.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Ron G on August 15, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I’m a neighborhood friend of the Loree family. In fact, Mikey use to play ball in my yard with his older brother and friends which included my boys. He has always played a level above his age. We are all pulling for Mike to make it to the ‘show’. He is a great kid with a lot of poise for his age.

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