Pat Misch

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Pat Misch
Pat Misch on October 3, 2010.jpg
Misch with the New York Mets
Free agent
Born: (1981-08-18) August 18, 1981 (age 35)
Northbrook, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 21, 2006, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–Loss 4–15
Earned run average 4.80
Strikeouts 116
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched a CPBL postseason no-hitter on October 25, 2015

Patrick "Pat" Theodore Joseph Misch (born August 18, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets.

Early life[edit]

Misch was born in Northbrook, Illinois. He is a graduate of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook[1] and was twice named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team while attending Western Michigan University.[2]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

He was selected by Houston in the fifth round (161st overall selection) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted not to sign with the Astros.[1] The San Francisco Giants made him their seventh round selection (the 213th player selected) in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft and signed him June 8 of that year.[3]

In his first four seasons in the Giants farm system (through the end of 2006), Misch compiled a 30-28 won-lost record and a 3.52 ERA in 96 games (95 starts).[4] He made his major league debut September 21, 2006, pitching a scoreless inning of relief and striking out the first batter he faced—Milwaukee Brewers' rookie left fielder Drew Anderson.[5][6]

Misch began the 2007 season pitching out of the bullpen of the former Giants' Triple-A, Pacific Coast League affiliate Fresno Grizzlies. He was recalled to San Francisco July 3 when reliever Vinnie Chulk was placed on the bereavement list.[7]

Misch was the starting pitcher for the Giants on August 4, 2007, against the San Diego Padres. It was in this game that Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run, tying Hank Aaron for most all-time career home runs.[8][9]

New York Mets[edit]

Misch was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets from the Giants on June 5, 2009,[10] and was called up on June 22.[11] On September 3, he achieved his first win as a starting pitcher, holding the Colorado Rockies to two hits in 6 and 2/3 innings.[12] In his previous start, Misch became only the second pitcher in major league history to begin his careers with 12 starts in which his team lost all 12 games. The first pitcher to do this was John Cummings of the 1993-1994 Mariners.[13]

On September 27, 2009, Misch threw his first complete game shutout against the Florida Marlins, it was also the Mets' first complete game shutout of the year.[14][15]

The Buffalo Bisons gave Misch the Most Valuable Pitcher award for the 2010 season.[16]

Misch had his contract purchased by the Mets on April 16, 2011, after Chris Young was placed on the disabled list.[17] He was designated for assignment the following day to make room for Dillon Gee.[18] The Mets purchased his contract again on May 8,[19] however, he was designated for assignment again on May 27.[20] After the 2011 season, he elected for free agency.[21]

Philadelphia Phillies/Detroit Tigers[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on November 29, 2011.[22] Misch joined the Detroit Tigers on a minor league contract in January 2013,[23] underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2013,[24] and left the organization at the end of the year.[25] He spent most of 2014 recovering from the operation and the 2014–15 Puerto Rico Baseball League season pitching for the Cangrejeros de Santurce. Misch finished 0–1 with a 3.41 ERA, and won a league championship.[26][27]

Lamigo Monkeys[edit]

Misch attempted a comeback by signing a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins in January 2015.[28] He played most of the season with the Triple A New Orleans Zephyrs and set a Pacific Coast League record on May 4, 2015, by hitting four straight batters with pitches in the first inning.[29][30] The Marlins released Misch in July.[31] He subsequently signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, and was sold to the Lamigo Monkeys of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League later that month.[32] Misch started Game One of the 2015 Taiwan Series, pitching seven innings and yielding three earned runs in a 8–6 victory.[33] He also started Game 4, throwing 80 pitches over three innings.[24] The Monkeys trailed the Chinatrust Brothers 3–1 in the series, but forced a seventh and final game, which Misch won with a no-hitter.[34] This was the first no-hitter in the Taiwan Series.[35] The 11–0 final score was also the largest margin of victory in series history.[36]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Misch signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on January 8, 2016.[37] He was released on February 18, 2016.[38]

Orix Buffaloes[edit]

Misch signed a one-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball on February 23, 2016. The deal is worth $550,000 and includes performance incentives.[39]

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs[edit]

On March 30, 2017, Misch signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. According to the Atlantic League web site, Southern Maryland released him May 4, 2017.


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  2. ^ Keirns, Kristin (June 29, 2007). "Former Western Michigan Standouts Finding Success in Pro Ball". Western Michigan University. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  3. ^ "San Francsico Giants 2007 Media Guide" (PDF). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. pp. p. 189. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Pat Misch Baseball Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Loss to Brewers deals blow to Giants' playoff hopes". Associated Press. September 21, 2006. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Draper, Rich (September 22, 2006). "Giants can't overcome Morris' struggles". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ Haft, Chris (July 3, 2007). "Notes: Bonds racking up playing time". Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  8. ^ Drew, David (May 9, 2008). "Former Bronco Pat Misch living 'surreal' life in major leagues". Booth Newspapers. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kawakami, Tiim (February 27, 2014). "Barry Bonds returns to Giants so what". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ Rubin, Adam (August 27, 2009). "Mets pitcher Pat Misch makes first start in Chicago against Cubs". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ Fensom, Michael J. (June 22, 2009). "New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran placed on disabled list". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Wright backs Misch as Mets get past Rockies". Associated Press. September 3, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ Perkins, Owen (September 3, 2009). "Misch records first MLB win as Mets roll". Retrieved September 4, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Misch's 8-hitter hurts Marlins' playoff chances". Associated Press. September 27, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ Costa, Brian (September 27, 2009). "Pat Misch throws complete-game shutout to lift NY Mets to 4-0 win over Florida Marlins". Star Ledger. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ Martino, Andy (September 2, 2010). "Duda named Bisons MVP, Misch best pitcher". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mets Lose Young to Injury and Call Up Misch". New York Times. Associated Press. April 16, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Mets recall Dillon Gee to make start". April 17, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Mets notes: Pat Misch to be recalled from Class AAA Buffalo". North Jersey Media Group. May 8, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Mets' Pagan returns from DL". WLTX. May 27, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  21. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 7, 2011). "Minor League Transactions: Sept. 27-Oct. 3". Baseball America. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  22. ^ Zolecki, Todd (November 30, 2011). "Phils invite eight players to Spring Training". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  23. ^ Eddy, Matt (January 18, 2013). "Minor League Transactions: Jan. 8-14". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b Manuel, John (November 10, 2015). "Pat Misch’s Long Journey To Lamigo Ends Perfectly". Baseball America. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  25. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 5, 2013). "Minor League Free Agents 2013". Baseball America. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  26. ^ Van Dril, Eric (March 26, 2015). "Northbrook native Pat Misch pitching well after Tommy John surgery". Chicago Tribune. Pioneer Press. 
  27. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (March 18, 2015). "LHP Misch making compelling case for bullpen job". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  28. ^ Eddy, Matt (January 17, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: Jan. 9-15". Baseball America. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  29. ^ Stark, Jayson (December 28, 2015). "Strange But True feats of 2015". Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  30. ^ Maun, Tyler (May 5, 2015). "Misch beans four in frame to set PCL mark". Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  31. ^ Eddy, Matt (July 13, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: July 2-8". Baseball America. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  32. ^ Burkhart, Anthony (July 29, 2015). "Barnstormers notch 6th straight win". LNP Media Group. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  33. ^ Pan, Jason (October 18, 2015). "Monkeys defeat Brothers in Taiwan Series Game 1". Taipei Times. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  34. ^ Lin, Hung-han; Chang, S.C. (October 25, 2015). "Lamigo downs Brother 11-0 to snatch 2015 CPBL championship". Central News Agency. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  35. ^ "1st no-hitter in Taiwan Series history". The China Post. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  36. ^ Pan, Jason (October 26, 2015). "Monkeys dominate Taiwan Series final". Taipei Times. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  37. ^ McCalvy, Adam (January 8, 2016). "Brewers sign left-hander Misch to Minors deal". Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  38. ^ Rosiak, Todd (February 19, 2016). "Left-hander Pat Misch granted his release". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Buffaloes sign ex-major league southpaw Misch". Japan Times. February 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 

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