Friday, April 16, 2010
Take it up to age 17 for pitchers, and there were 20 more, but none since (future Astros manager) Larry Dierker in 1964. The last year with an 18 year old pitcher in the league was 1978, with 2 pitchers from the Oakland A's: Mike Morgan (who ended up playing with 12 different teams before retiring in 2002) and Tim Conroy (who pitched his final game in 1987).
It is very uncommon for this to happen in today though. Since 1979, there has only been one player to get a plate appearance in the ML, and it's someone you've heard of: Alex Rodriguez in 1994. He made his ML debut on July 8, 1994 and turned 19 on July 27th. In the meantime, he hit .204 with 0 HR over 59 plate appearances.
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Posted by Brad Templeman at 1:49 PM