Misch with the New York Mets
|Lancaster Barnstormers – No. 32|
August 18, 1981 |
|September 21, 2006 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||4.80|
Patrick "Pat" Theodore Joseph Misch (born August 18, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets.
Misch was born in Northbrook, Illinois. He is a graduate of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook and was twice named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team while attending Western Michigan University.
San Francisco Giants
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. 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.
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). 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.
Misch began the 2007 season pitching out of the bullpen of the 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.
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.
New York Mets
Misch was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets from the Giants on June 5, 2009, and was called up on June 22. 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. 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.
Misch had his contract purchased by the Mets on April 16, 2011, after Chris Young was placed on the disabled list. He was designated for assignment the following day to make room for Dillon Gee. The Mets purchased his contract again on May 8, however, he was designated for assignment again on May 27. After the 2011 season, he elected for free agency.
He signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on November 29, 2011.
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- Mets Lose Young to Injury and Call Up Misch, Associated Press
- Mets recall RHP Gee, designate Misch, Canada.com, April 17, 2011.
- Mets notes: Pat Misch to be recalled from Class AAA Buffalo, NorthJersey.com, May 8, 2011.
- Mets Designate Pat Misch For Assignment, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 27, 2011.
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