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MLB: Five locals in the Majors all have unique stories

Posted: June 20, 2014 10:41 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2014 10:41 p.m.

Former Canyon High player and Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

Next week will mark the midway point in the Major League baseball season and we currently have a quintet of locals pitching on big league teams.

Each have interesting stories this season and we’ll get into them in the following.

James Shields (Pitcher, Hart High graduate, Kansas City Royals)
This is Shields’ walk year as he is a free agent after the season in an offseason that will be deep in available pitching (Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester, Justin Masterson).

Shields is having a very Shields-like season in year No. 9 in the big leagues.

He is 8-3 with a 3.70 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings (fifth most in the Majors).

Shields has a career 3.77 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

He is on pace for his eighth-straight 200-plus inning season.

Kansas City is 13-5 in June and for a day this week was in first place in the American League Central, so Shields may get the opportunity to pitch in the postseason.

The 32-year-old right-hander has struggled of late with a 5.55 ERA in his last six starts.

Tommy Milone (Pitcher, Saugus High graduate, Oakland A’s)
Milone had to pitch his way onto the Oakland A’s roster in Spring Training and has been steady in its starting rotation in 2014.

The 27-year-old left-hander is 5-3 with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings (13 starts).

Milone has been particularly good in his last eight starts (5-0, 50 2/3 innings, 2.31 ERA, 1.07 WHIP).

On May 9, Milone beat his former team the Washington Nationals with an eight-inning performance in which he allowed two hits, walked three and struck out seven.

Trevor Bauer (Pitcher, Hart High graduate, Cleveland Indians)

The Indians have kept Bauer in their starting rotation since his callup from Triple-A in mid-May.

Overall he is 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.

Particularly promising has been his walk rate, which is at 3.5 per nine innings.

In eight career Major League starts coming into 2014 (2012 and 2013 seasons), his walk rate was at 7.8 per nine innings.

Bauer has four quality starts thus far in 2014 (games of at least six innings pitched and no more than three earned runs).

The 23-year-old right-hander figures to be in the rotation until at least the All-Star Break in mid-July.

Zach Britton (Pitcher, former Canyon High player, Baltimore Orioles)
Britton has a new baseball life after being a starter in his first three big league seasons.

The former Canyon High player (he spent his first two years at the school before moving to Texas), is a bona fide All-Star candidate as the Orioles’ newly minted closer.

The 26-year-old left-hander has nine saves and had a 0.72 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 30 games before Friday night.

He allowed four earned runs and blew a save against the Yankees on Friday, seeing his ERA rise to 1.64.

Dana Eveland (Pitcher, College of the Canyons, New York Mets)
The well-traveled 30-year-old left-hander spent 2013 pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization — the league that produced Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.

He is now with his eighth Major League team in nine big league seasons and since his callup to the Mets in early June, he has been very good.

Eveland notched his second career save Wednesday night and in eight games (8 1/3 innings) he has allowed one earned run (1.08 ERA), while allowing just four hits and a walk and striking out eight.

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