Al Schmelz

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Al Schmelz
Born: (1943-11-12) November 12, 1943 (age 73)
Whittier, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1967, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1967, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Earned run average 3.00
Record 0-0
Strikeouts 2

Alan George Schmelz (born November 12, 1943 in Whittier, California, United States) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets in 1967.

Early life[edit]

Prior to playing professionally, Schmelz attended Arizona State University.

Major league career[edit]

Schmelz made two appearances in the major leagues. His first came on September 7 - the 23-year-old rookie pitched against the St. Louis Cardinals in relief of Jerry Hinsley. He threw two innings and allowed one run of three hits and a walk. He also struck out two batters, including future Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda.[1]

His next, and final, appearance came on September 24. He came into the game to relieve Don Cardwell and, despite giving up a hit, left the game without surrendering a run.

Overall, he went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his two-game career. In three innings, he allowed four hits, a home run and a walk.

Minor league career[edit]

Schmelz pitched in the minor leagues from 1966 to 1969 in the Mets' (1966–1969), Oakland Athletics (1968) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1969) systems. Overall, he went 29-36 with a 3.13 ERA in 93 games (91 starts).[2]

He showed flashes of excellence at times throughout his career. For example, in his first professional season, he went 15-5 with a 2.97 ERA for the Auburn Mets and Williamsport Mets. The following year, he posted a 2.60 ERA for Williamsport.