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Stephen Strasburg 2009 Game-By-Game Results

I’ve looked all over the Internet for Stephen Strasburg’s 2009 game-by-game results and can’t seem to find them anywhere.  So, rather than be a complete failure, I hit up the San Diego State baseball web site, went through the game logs, and did it myself.  I had two things that I wanted to find: pitch counts and rest between starts.  The latter is a piece of cake (he averaged six days in between starts, never with less than five), but none of the box scores had pitch counts.  It did have attendance for 12 of his 15 start, however, so that was kind of interesting (he averaged about 2,060 spectators per start).

The damage for Strasburg so far this season: 13-1 (with one no-decision), 1.32 ERA, 195 SO, 19 BB, 109 IP, 65 H, 17 R, 16 ER, 11 WP, 1 BK, 3 HBP, 0.77 WHIP.  Whether he makes another appearance depends on his teammates.  The way I understand it, the Aztecs play top-seeded UC Irvine in the loser’s bracket this afteroon, with the winner advancing to face Virginia tonight.  If that team beats Virginia, a deciding game will be played tomorrow.

The full game-by-game results are below.

February 20 vs. Bethune-Cookman (W, 1-0)
5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP (Attendance: 950)

February 26 vs. Nevada (W, 2-0)
6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 16 SO (Attendance: 1167)

March 5 @ San Diego (W, 3-0)
8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 18 SO, 1 WP (Attendance: 1117)

March 13 vs. UNLV (W, 4-0)
7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 14 SO, 1 WP, 1 BK (Attendance: 2102)

March 20 vs. Brigham Young (No Decision)
7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 15 SO (Attendance: 2032)

March 27 vs. TCU (W, 5-0)
8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 14 SO (Attendance: 2786)

April 3 vs. UC Davis (W, 6-0)
6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP (Attendance: NA)

April 9 @ UNLV (W, 7-0)
6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 13 SO, 2 WP (Attendance: 1073)

April 17 vs. New Mexico (W, 8-0)
9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 SO (Attendance: 3908)

April 24 vs. TCU (W, 9-0)
7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 14 SO, 1 WP (Attendance: 3072)

May 1 @ Santa Clara (W, 10-0)
8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 SO, 1 HBP (Attendance: 1496)

May 8 vs. Air Force (W, 11-0)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 17 SO (Attendance: 3337)

May 14 @ Utah (W, 12-0)
7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 SO, 2 WP (Attendance: 1685)

May 20 vs. New Mexico (W, 13-0)
7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO (Attendance: NA)

May 29 vs. Virginia (L, 13-1)
7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 15 SO, 2 WP (Attendance: NA)

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Call Me Crazy, But 169 Pitches Seems A Bit Excessive

After Stephen Strasburg lost San Diego State’s postseason opener on Friday night, Tony Gwynn was asked if he would be available to pitch Monday on two days rest if the Aztecs won on Saturday.  His response?

“Rather than look ahead until Monday, let’s look ahead to [Saturday].”

I take that to mean that Gwynn will be careful with his stud righthander.  If only such restraint were in the DNA of University of Texas coach Augie Garrido.  Garrido is successful, with eleven straight NCAA tournament appearances, five College World Series appearances, and two national titles in his thirteen seasons at the school, but the way he handled one of his pitchers on Saturday evening against Boston College is insane.

Austin Wood, a senior who Baseball Prospectus has called the Longhorns best draft prospect, came on in relief in the seventh inning of a 2-2 game.  He pitched 13 innings (12.1 without allowing a hit), walking four and striking out fourteen.  He threw 169 pitches.  That’s one hundred and sixty-nine pitches.

You know how they often send important game-related artifacts to the Hall of Fame for display?  I’m pretty sure Wood’s actual arm is on it’s way to Cooperstown as we speak.

It’s been almost twelve years to the day since a major leaguer has reached that number, and then it was a knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, who threw 169 pitches in a 2-1 win over Milwaukee on June 5, 1997.  If a manager allows a pitcher to go even as deep as 150 pitches in this day and age, he finds himself the subject of widespread ridicule and scorn.  It happens in college, however, and the big story is that he struck out a bunch of guys and didn’t allow a hit for a long time.  There’s something confusing about that.

If nothing else, perhaps it explains why Huston Street is the only Texas pitcher to achieve reasonable major league success during Garrido’s tenure.

(Thanks to Brian Foley from The College Baseball Blog for the heads-up about the game.)

Update: Holy cow – this wasn’t Wood’s only outing of the weekend.  On Friday, he went two innings and threw thirty pitches against Army.  That’s 15 innings and 199 pitches in about 24 hours.  I hope it was worth it.  And for the record, Boston College closer Mike Belfiore also saw a ton of action, pitching an inning on Friday and 9 2/3 more on Saturday.  Not sure if he got into the elimination game against Army today.

Something Tells Me We’ll Be Writing A Lot About Stephen Strasburg This Season

Ever since Jay Bruce* left the Bus Leagues for the glory of The Show, we have found ourselves without a focal point for our ramblings.  If you remember the early days of this blog, Bruce was the almost constant object of our baseball affections (sometimes, almost disturbingly so).  His departure left a void in our lives that we had been unable to fill.

Until now.

*I inexplicably found myself watching a Cardinals-Reds game while visiting my in-laws tonight.  The Deal homered before I turned it on, but later made a great catch in right field, reached on an error by Albert Pujols because he hustled all the way down the line, and stole a base.  Somehow, I resisted the urge to tell my father-in-laws friends, who are visiting from out of town, all about how Jay Bruce knows about my blog and thinks the nickname our readers gave him is great.  Also, I saw Colby Rasmus play for the first time.

Something tells me that regardless of how much time he spends in the minor leagues this year, Stephen Strasburg is poised to become the newest Bus Leagues man-crush.  He struck out 23 batters in a game last season.  He routinely breaks 100 on the radar gun.  He might already be in a Nationals uniform when I see them play the Orioles in late June (part of me hopes they draft him, sign him quick, and David Clyde him so I have a chance of seeing him in action.  This is the same part of me that hopes to one day win the lottery).  And now, he’s thrown a no-hitter.

Over 3,000 fans watched Strasburg dominate Air Force on Friday, striking out 17 to improve his record to 11-0 on the season.  He has struck out 164 batters in 87.1 innings.  If my math is right, almost 63% of the outs he has recorded have come by way of the strikeout.  So yeah, he is really, really good.

About that no-hitter:

“There’s a few pitches that I got away with that they fouled back that were kind of up and in the zone,” Strasburg said in an interview posted on the school’s Web site. “When it came crunch time and I needed a punchout or I needed to get a groundball, I was able to do that.”

Reading the first part of that quote, I can’t help but think of the scene in Bull Durham where Nuke, having finally put it all together, bounces into the dugout and seeks affirmation for his great inning.  No sooner are the words out of his mouth than Crash starts laying into him, telling him everything that had gone wrong, ending with the line, “In The Show they would’ve ripped you.”

The Z-Meter: 4/28/2009

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted:

Jordan Zimmermann: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) to Washington Nationals (MLB)

It hasn’t been very long since the last time I looked at the numbers, but I decided that this year, I’m going to update whenever I feel like it. Last year it was once a week, this year it might be twice. I’ll definitely update any time someone gets called up. It’s just more fun that way.

This week, I finally decided to take Michel Inoa off the meter until he starts putting up stats somewhere. There seems to be no rush to get him in a uniform in the A’s organization, so I replaced him with the Pirates’ top prospect, Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez is missing a lot of balls, but the ones he hits tend to be unplayable, so I can respect that.

Some of my prized pitching prospects are struggling early. Shooter Hunt is by far the worst, but he still has a cool name, so he stays. Jhoulys Chacin, who lit up A-ball last season, is struggling to find his way in Tulsa. Madison Bumgarner continues to rock it, however. So it’s not all bad news from the mound.

As hitters go, Lars Anderson had a boom week, jumping all of his decimal-pointy stats in impressive fashion. Former teammates Gamel and LaPorta are wrecking Triple-A, and I’d be shocked if they don’t both get the call soon. Justin Smoak at Frisco has also been red-hot over the weekend.

It’s interesting to me that I’m not using many black pixels. Most everyone on the meter is playing very well, or lousy. Only a small handful of prospects are in the average range.


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, waiting for the call that will change their lives.

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .301 AVG – 17 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 5 BB – 4 SB – .548 SLG – .894 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 3 Games – 1W – 0L – 2.08 ERA – 8 BB – 11 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .192 – 11 R – 3 HR – 11 RBI – 17 BB – 0 SB – .423 SLG – .803 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .403 AVG – 17 R – 6 HR – 24 RBI – 11 BB – 0 SB – .806 SLG – 1.287 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF – Columbus Clippers (Indians): .400 – 19 R – 5 HR – 13 RBI – 7 BB – 0 SB – .767 SLG – 1.245 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .257 – 11 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 6 BB – 8 SB – .324 SLG – .645 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 4 Starts – 0 W – 2 L – 4.57 ERA – 3 BB – 23 K

Ramiro Pena, SS – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: .154 – 1 R – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .154 SLG – .421 OPS

Matt Wieters, C – Norfolk Tides (Orioles): .270 AVG – 5 R – 1 HR – 2 RBI – 8 BB – 0 SB – .405 SLG – .805 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Buffalo Bisons (Mets): .254 AVG – 5 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .448 SLG – .739 OPS

Daniel Bard, RHP – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox): 7 Games – 1W – 0L  – 3 SV – 1.69 ERA – 3 BB – 18 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .354 – 9 R – 0 HR – 10 RBI – 6 BB – 4 SB – .458 SLG – .887 OPS


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but may get promoted to AAA first.

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 1 Start – 1 W – 0 L – 2 SV – 0.73 ERA – 1 BB – 11 K

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .306 AVG – 9 R – 2 HR – 13 RBI – 5 BB – 0 SB – .484 SLG – .837 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 4 Starts – 1 W – 3 L – 4.87 ERA – 4 BB – 12 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .226 AVG – 11 R – 5 HR – 15 RBI – 12 BB – 0 SB – .547 SLG – .905 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .323 AVG – 8 R – 3 HR – 12 RBI – 11 BB – 0 SB – .516 SLG – .943 OPS

These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Ian Gac, 1B – Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers): .191 AVG – 3 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 4 BB – 0 SB – .319 SLG – .569 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .292 AVG – 17 R – 4 HR – 15 RBI – 5 BB – 1 SB – .554 SLG – .897 OPS

Madison Bumgarner, LHP – San Jose Giants (Giants): 3 Starts – 3 W – 0 L – 0.56 ERA – 2 BB – 14 K

Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Lynchburg Hillcats (Pirates): .217 AVG – 8 R – 3 HR – 17 RBI – 13 BB – 0 SB – .383 SLG – .725 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .170 AVG – 6 R – 0 HR – 4 RBI – 4 BB – 2 SB – .213 SLG – .458 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .327 AVG – 7 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .449 SLG – .826 OPS

Shooter Hunt, RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 1 Start – 0 W – 1 L – 10.8 ERA – 23 BB – 10 K

Collin Cowgill, OF – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .318 AVG – 16 R – 4 HR – 17 RBI – 12 BB – 3 SB – .652 SLG – 1.096 OPS


NCAA: Only used if a prospect in college shows really, truly, immensely, hugely inescapable potential.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 9 Starts – 9W – 0L – 1.54 ERA – 13 BB – 135 K


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and our trademark irrational sense of whimsy.

The Z-Meter: 4/7/2009 – Hope Springs Anew

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted: None

Nobody has accumulated stats yet, so this first edition of ’09 will just introduce you to the players and give you some idea of why they’re on this list. We’ll start keeping a weekly tally of stats and farm-system promotions next week.

Players new to the list are added in green. The rest are holdovers from last year. You’ll also notice that we’ve added the college line. Odds of this being used often are very small. But this year, we have a guy who’s really worth watching.


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, waiting for the call that will change their lives.

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): A mainstay on last year’s list, and very close to being called up for good.

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): Couldn’t quite keep pace with fellow Rays hurler David Price, but came pretty close.

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals: Great Hawaiian name, and plays for my hometown team. Can belt the ball, no doubt.

Mat Gamel, 3B – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): Got a couple of at-bats in Milwaukee last season, striking out once and knocking a double. Odds are, he’ll get a chance to try again, and soon.

Matt LaPorta, CF  – Columbus Clippers (Indians): Former teammate of meter-mates Gamel and Escobar, LaPorta was traded as part of the Sabathia deal. His numbers tailed off after that, but he’s still starting the season in Triple-A, so he’s not far from livin’ the dream at this point.

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): Escobar gets on base (.328 average) and then makes you pay (34 stolen bases). He did plenty of damage at Huntsville, so he gets to start in AAA with Gamel.

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): Added by Will because he throws big-time gas. As Will says “As far as I’m concerned, with the radar gun it’s triple digits or go home.”

Ramiro Pena, SS – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: The switch-hitting shortstop from Mexico was suggested by our bobblehead guru, Eric Marinbach.

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP – Syracuse Chiefs: An Extra P. choice, Zimmermann would like to join the man with the one-letter-shorter version of his last name in D.C. this season. How I kept Zimmermann off of the Z-meter this long, I’ll never know.


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but may get promoted to AAA first.

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): Jackson is the top prospect in the Yanks organization, according to Baseball America. He played well in spring training, even belting a grand slam, but there’s no room for him in the Bronx right now.

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): The lefty was flying up the meter last season until he got hurt, ending up playing in just 19 games all year long.

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): Being hailed as a god in Charm City, and was the top overall prospect of last year, an honor previously held by Jay “The Deal” Bruce. Hit well over .300 in a season split between A and AA. Expect to see him in Camden some time this year. 

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): This guy kind of embodies the frustration of playing for a championship-winning organization. He’s playing really well, but there’s no room above right now.

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): Started in center for the International side in the MLB Futures Game. I can’t currently figure out where he’s been assigned, but I’ll update his status as soon as I know.

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): My favorite fireballer from last season. Had the most wins of any pitcher in the minors, with a total of 18. Struck out 160 batters as well, so, you know… holy crap.

Daniel Bard, RHP – Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox): Another of Will’s heat-throwing selections. He went 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA for the Sea Dogs last season.

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): Started 2008 in the Dodgers organization before being swapped to the Indians as part of a deal for Casey Blake. Has been destroying the minors, once getting seven RBIs in a single game, and carrying a .999 OPS throughout the season.


These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Ian Gac, 1B – Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers): Gac! has almost become a standard salutation between OMDQ and I. The man practices economy of name, and he doesn’t waste at-bats, either. Gac! hit 32 homers last year, and drove in 109 runs.

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): Moustakas struggled in the first half of his debut season, but grew steadily stronger and more disciplined in the second half. Ended up with 22 homers and a pile of doubles.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP – San Jose Giants (Giants): Bumgarner was added to the meter late last season, so we hardly got to know him before it was all over. He went 15-3 at Augusta as a rookie, with a 1.46 ERA, and will begin the season in A-Advanced as a result.

Michael Ynoa, RHP – not assigned yet (Athletics): OMDQ wanted to see the man of many names in our countdown. Given how highly sought-after the Dominican righty has been, he’s bound to make a splash.

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: MVP for the International side of the MLB Futures Game last season. My (Extra P’s) choice to add because he’s awesome, and because he’s playing close enough to my home for me to go see him.

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): Another Extra P. selection, Vitters had epic 25- and 15-game hitting streaks at short-season Boise before spending a very brief four-game stint at Peoria to end his first pro season. Hits for average and legs out some doubles.

Shooter Hunt, RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): Shooter’s here for a few reasons. One, he went to Virginia, as did the man I named this meter after, and I live in Charlottesville, so I watch Virginia often. Second, his name is Shooter Hunt, for god’s sake. That shit is like catnip to me.

Justin Smoak, 1B – Hickory Crawdads (Rangers): BA’s Prospect Handbook compares Smoak favorably to Mark Teixiera, and that’s good enough for us. He had a record-setting career at the University of South Carolina and was a teammate of Matt Wieters in high school.


NCAA: Only used if a prospect in college shows really, truly, immensely, hugely inescapable potential.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State:  Has shown 100+ on the radar gun, and was the only college player to make the Olympic team last year. He’ll clearly be a top pick when he declares, so OMDQ says “no shame in tracking his stats right now.” Consider it done.

7 GS – 6W – 0L – 1.49 ERA – 10 BB – 94 K


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and our trademark irrational sense of whimsy.

From The Playgrounds To The Pros In Three Months Or Less

Major League Baseball’s 2009 season is set to begin in less than a week, yet one of the biggest stories of the spring has been the future of San Diego State righthander Stephen Strasburg, widely considered one of the greatest pitching prospects in major league history. Were there no draft system in place (a possibility that undoubtedly fills the dreams of his agent, Scott Boras, every night), his courtship would likely resemble that of former Indians phenom Herb Score, who was pursued by almost every major league team out of high school before signing with Cleveland.

In Strasburg’s case, it is a foregone conclusion that he will be selected in the first round of the June draft; if he falls, it will only be because teams are unwilling to engage Boras in contract negotiations that are sure to extend above and beyond anything we’ve ever seen regarding an amateur player (with that said, there is no way Strasburg falls farther than third. Even if Washington and Seattle get silly and convince themselves that he’s not worth the hassle and huge money, the hometown Padres won’t let him slip away).

Regardless of where he ends up, Strasburg appears likely to at least make a cameo appearance in the majors before the end of the season. (He could end up with a clause in his contract guaranteeing a September call-up, as Andrew Miller did in 2006.) If he does, he will become the 38th first-round selection since the advent of the draft in 1965 to play in the major leagues in the same year he is drafted. This happened most often in the 1970s (17 times), fell largely out of practice in the 1980s and 1990s (11 times total), and has made a slight comeback in the 2000s (8 times). Ironically, the team with the first pick in this draft, Washington, is responsible for three of the most recent examples: Chad Cordero (when the franchise was still located in Montreal), Ryan Zimmerman, and Ross Detwiler.

No team, however, has ever pushed it’s first round draft picks into the limelight like the San Diego Padres of the 1970s. Starting with Jay Franklin in 1971, six of the team’s seven first-round selections appeared in the majors the same year in which they were drafted. It worked out exactly once, in 1973, when a big kid from the University of Minnesota named Dave Winfield had the first 141 at-bats of a Hall of Fame career. None of the other five distinguished themselves, though. Dave Roberts is best-known for not being THAT Dave Roberts, Bill Almon was the last player drafted out of Brown University, and Bob Owchinko has a cool name. And Brian Greer and Jay Franklin drank their proverbial cups of coffee before sliding from the limelight.

Only six of the 37 players (see the full list below) were drafted out of high school: Joe Coleman, Jay Franklin, David Clyde, Brian Greer, Tim Conroy, and Mike Morgan. Three of those – Clyde, Conroy, and Morgan – made their debuts in June, almost literally walking off the high school field and onto the major league diamond. And they were impressive at times. Morgan threw a complete game in his first outing; Clyde struck out eight, walked seven, and allowed just one hit in his debut.

It’ll be fun to look back in a few years, the more the better, and see where Strasburg falls in relation to these names. Will he be Kevin Brown, and 200-game winner who with a few more breaks and a few less injuries could have been a Hall of Famer? Or will he be Jim Gideon, the 21-year-old righthander from Taylor, Texas who started a game for the Rangers on September 14, 1975, pitched 5 2/3 innings, and never appeared in the majors again? Or will the team that drafts him keep him safely in the minors until 2010 or 2011 in a quest to protect that golden right arm? Only time will tell.

Conor Gillaspie, San Francisco Giants

Drafted: 2008, 37th, Wichita State
2008: 8 G, 5 AB, .200/.429/.200
Career: 8 G, 5 AB, .200/.429/.200

Ross Detwiler, Washington Nationals

Drafted: 2007, 6th, Missouri State
2007: 1 G, 1 IP, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
Career: 1 G, 1 IP, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA

Andrew Miller, Detroit Tigers

Drafted: 2006, 6th, University of North Carolina
2006: 0-1, 8 G, 10.3 IP, 6 SO, 10 BB, 6.10 ERA
Career: 11-16, 50 G, 33 GS, 181.7 IP, 151 SO, 105 BB, 5.80 ERA

Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Drafted: 2005, 4th, University of Virginia
2005: 20 G, 0 HR, 6 RBI, .397/.419/.569
Career: 445 G, 58 HR, 258 RBI, .282/.341/.462

Craig Hansen, Boston Red Sox
Drafted: 2005, 26th, St. John’s
2005: 4 G, 3 IP, 3 SO, 6.00 ERA
Career: 4-9, 90 G, 87.3 IP, 6.39 ERA

Joey Devine, Atlanta Braves
Drafted: 2005, 27th, North Carolina State
2005: 0-1, 5 G, 5 IP, 12.60 ERA
Career: 7-2, 67 G, 65.3 IP, 2.48 ERA

Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Drafted: 2003, 2nd, Southern University and A&M College
2003: 7 G, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .167/.286/.250
Career: 445 G, 51 HR, 158 RBI, .245/.352/.406

Ryan Wagner, Cincinnati Reds
Drafted: 2003, 14th, University of Houston
2003: 2-0, 17 G, 21.7 IP, 1.66 ERA
Career: 11-9, 148 G, 165.3 IP, 4.79 ERA

Chad Cordero, Montreal Expos
Drafted: 2003, 20th, Cal State-Fullerton
2003: 1-0, 1 SV, 12 G, 11 IP, 1.64 ERA
Career: 20-14, 128 SV, 305 G, 320.7 IP, 2.78 ERA

J.D. Drew, St. Louis Cardinals
Drafted: 1998, 5th, Florida State
1998: 14 G, 5 HR, 13 RBI, .417/.463/.972
Career: 1209 G, 192 HR, 637 RBI, .284/.392/.502

Ariel Prieto, Oakland Athletics
Drafted: 1995, 5th, Cuba
1995: 2-6, 14 G, 9 GS, 58 IP, 4.97 ERA
Career: 15-24, 70 G, 60 GS, 352.3 IP, 4.85 ERA

Brian Anderson, California Angels
Drafted: 1993, 3rd, Wright State
1993: 4 G, 1 GS, 11.3 IP, 3.97 ERA
Career: 82-83, 291 G, 245 GS, 1547 IP, 4.74 ERA

Jeff Granger, Kansas City Royals
Drafted: 1993, 5th, Texas A&M
1993: 1 G, 1 IP, 27.00 ERA
Career: 0-1, 27 G, 2 GS, 31.7 IP, 9.09 ERA

Alex Fernandez, Chicago White Sox
Drafted: 1990, 4th, University of Miami
1990: 5-5, 13 GS, 87.7 IP, 3.80 ERA
Career: 107-87, 263 G, 261 GS, 1760.3 IP, 3.74 ERA

Lance Dickson, Chicago Cubs

Drafted: 1990, 23rd, University of Arizona
1990: 0-3, 3 GS, 13.7 IP, 7.24 ERA
Career: 0-3, 3 GS, 13.7 IP, 7.24 ERA

Ben McDonald, Baltimore Orioles
Drafted: 1989, 1st, Louisiana State University
1989: 1-0, 6 G, 7.3 IP, 8.59 ERA
Career: 78-70, 211 G, 198 GS, 1291.3 IP, 3.91 ERA

Gregg Olson, Baltimore Orioles

Drafted: 1988, 4th, Auburn University
1988: 1-1, 10 G, 11 IP, 3.27 ERA
Career: 40-39, 217 SV, 622 G, 672 IP, 3.46 ERA

Jack McDowell, Chicago White Sox

Drafted: 1987, 5th, Stanford University
1987: 3-0, 4 GS, 28 IP, 1.93 ERA
Career: 127-87, 277 G, 275 GS, 1889 IP, 3.85 ERA

Greg Swindell, Cleveland Indians
Drafted: 1986: 2nd, University of Texas
1986: 5-2, 9 GS, 61.7 IP, 4.23 ERA
Career: 123-122, 664 G, 269 GS, 2233.3 IP, 3.86 ERA

Kevin Brown, Texas Rangers

Drafted: 1986: 4th, Georgia Tech
1986: 1-0, 1 GS, 5 IP, 3.60 ERA
Career: 211-144, 486 G, 476 GS, 3256.3 IP, 3.28 ERA

Jerry Don Gleaton, Texas Rangers

Drafted: 1979, 17th, University of Texas
1979: 0-1, 5 G, 2 GS, 9.7 IP, 6.52 ERA
Career: 15-23, 307 G, 16 GS, 447.3 IP, 4.25 ERA

Bob Horner, Atlanta Braves

Drafted: 1978, 1st, Arizona State
1978: 89 G, 23 HR, 63 RBI, .266/.313/.539, NL Rookie of the Year
Career: 1020 G, 218 HR, 685 RBI, .277/.340/.499

Mike Morgan, Oakland Athletics
Drafted: 1978, 4th, Valley HS (Las Vegas, NV)
1978: 0-3, 3 GS, 12.3 IP, 7.30 ERA
Career: 141-186, 597 G, 411 GS, 2772.3 IP, 4.23 ERA

Tim Conroy, Oakland Athletics

Drafted: 1978, 20th, Gateway Senior HS (Monroeville, PA)
1978: 2 GS, 4.7 IP, 7.71 ERA
Career: 18-32, 135 G, 71 GS, 466.7 IP, 4.71 ERA

Brian Greer, San Diego Padres

Drafted: 1977, 8th, Sonora HS (Brea, CA)
1977: 1 G, 1 AB, 1 SO
Career: 5 G, 4 AB, 2 SO

Bob Owchinko, San Diego Padres
Drafted: 1976, 5th, Eastern Michigan University
1976: 0-2, 2 GS, 4.3 IP, 16.62 ERA
Career: 37-60, 275 G, 104 GS, 890.7 IP, 4.28 ERA

Danny Goodwin, California Angels

Drafted: 1975, 1st, Southern University and A&M College
1975: 4 G, 10 AB, .100/.100/.100
Career: 252 G, 13 HR, 81 RBI, .236/.301/.373

Rick Cerone, Cleveland Indians

Drafted: 1975, 7th, Seton Hall
1975: 7 G, 12 AB, .250/.308/.333
Career: 1329 G, 59 HR, 436 RBI, .245/.301/.343

Chris Knapp, Chicago White Sox

Drafted: 1975, 11th, Central Michigan University
1975: 2 G, 2 IP, 4.50 ERA
Career: 36-32, 122 G, 99 GS, 604.3 IP, 4.99 ERA

Jim Gideon, Texas Rangers

Drafted: 1975, 17th, University of Texas
1975: 1 GS, 5.7 IP, 7.94 ERA
Career: 1 GS, 5.7 IP, 7.94 ERA

Bill Almon, San Diego Padres

Drafted: 1974, 1st, Brown University
1974: 16 G, 38 AB, 3 RBI, .316/.350/.342
Career: 1236 G, 36 HR, 296 RBI, .254/.305/.343

David Clyde, Texas Rangers

Drafted: 1973, 1st, Westchester HS (Houston, TX)
1973: 4-8, 18 GS, 93.3 IP, 5.01 ERA
Career: 18-33, 84 G, 73 GS, 416.3 IP, 4.63 ERA

Dave Winfield, San Diego Padres

Drafted: 1973, 4th, University of Minnesota
1973: 56 G, 3 HR, 12 RBI, .277/.331/.383
Career: 2973 G, 3110 H, 465 HR, 1833 RBI, .283/.353/.475

Eddie Bane, Minnesota Twins

Drafted: 1973, 11th, Arizona State
1973: 0-5, 23 G, 6 GS, 60.3 IP, 4.92 ERA
Career: 7-13, 44 G, 25 GS, 168 IP, 4.66 ERA

Dave Roberts, San Diego Padres

Drafted: 1972, 1st, University of Oregon
1972: 100 G, 5 HR, 33 RBI, .244/.275/.321
Career: 709 G, 49 HR, 208 RBI, .239/.286/.357

Jay Franklin, San Diego Padres

Drafted: 1971, 2nd, James Madison HS (Vienna, VA)
1971: 0-1, 3 G, 1 GS, 5.7 IP, 6.35 ERA
Career: 0-1, 3 G, 1 GS, 5.7 IP, 6.35 ERA

Steve Dunning, Cleveland Indians

Drafted: 1970, 2nd, Stanford
1970: 4-9, 19 G, 17 GS, 94.3 IP, 4.96 ERA
Career: 23-41, 136 G, 84 GS, 613.7 IP, 4.56 ERA

Joe Coleman, Washington Senators

Drafted: 1965, 3rd, Natick HS (Braintree, MA)
1965: 2-0, 2 GS, 18 IP, 1.50 ERA
Career: 142-135, 484 G, 340 GS, 2569.3 IP, 3.70 ERA

Olympic Baseball Schedule: Four Games Left

The United States defeated Japan on Wednesday, 4-2 in 11 innings*, to lock up the number three seed in this weekend’s elimination round.  The schedule for the next three days is as follows:

Thursday, August 21
10:30 PM EST: Semifinal – South Korea (1) vs. Japan (4)

Friday, August 22
6:00 AM EST: Semifinal – Cuba (2) vs. United States (3)
10:30 PM EST: Bronze-Medal Game

Saturday, August 23
6:00 AM EST: Gold-Medal Game

San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg will start for the United States against Cuba, the defending Olympic champions, and manager Davey Johnson suggested that injured players Jayson Nix and Matt LaPorta could benefit from Thursday’s off-day and return in time for Friday’s semifinal.  Also, Trevor Cahill, who started against Japan, was pulled after three innings in case he is needed out of the bullpen.

*I didn’t mention this when it was first introduced, but is there a stupider rule in any sport than the new extra innings rule that was put in place for these Olympics?  If you’re unfamiliar with the particulars, here they are:

Beginning in the 11th inning, runners go to first and second and teams can start at any point in their batting order.

I always thought that a homerun-hitting contest would be the worst idea I ever heard for resolving tie games that dragged deep into extra innings.  I was wrong.  Call me a traditionalist, but I hate this rule.  Two runners on and the opportunity to lead off the inning with your best hitter?  Why not start off every batter with a 2-0 count as well?  Let’s just get totally wild and crazy.