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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Royals’ Van Buren records 5-K inning

While four-strikeout innings are impressive, five-strikeout frames are nearly unheard of. But that’s exactly what reliever Malcolm Van Buren recorded in the seventh inning of Rookie Advanced Burlington’s 7-6 win over Elizabethton on Wednesday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

“Honestly, I was kind of struggling with command at the time,” Van Buren said.

The right-hander began the inning simply enough, when Seth Gray swung and missed at a 3-2 curveball low in the zone. Parker Phillips whiffed at a 1-2 curve in the dirt for what should’ve been the second out, but he reached on a throwing error by catcher Jesus Atencio.

“I didn’t really realize that he struck out also,” Van Buren said, “because I was trying to focus and get in the zone.”

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:44 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: malcolm van buren, minor leagues, prospects, strikeouts

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 01, 2019 at 09:37 AM (#5867260)
This is a cool achievement. For his career Van Buren's averaging 6.8 BB/9 and 9.9 K/9. If you had to guess what sort of player would record a 5 K inning, you'd guess that it was a guy with those sorts of numbers playing in the Appalachian League. He managed a 5:1 K/BB ratio in the inning, which is pretty good.

Burlington's a really good place to see a game. A tiny, old, no frills stadium where box seats behind home plate will run you $10.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 01, 2019 at 09:48 AM (#5867271)
When Ron Necciai struck out 27 men in a game back in '52, it was also in the Appalachian League, not far from where this game took place. I've been to a game in Kingsport, and had a lot of fun there. A kid sat in a folding chair on the concourse above the first base line, and he knew exactly what he was doing, because he ended up with about five foul balls.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 01, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5867286)
I remember seeing a baseball in the Hall of Fame and Museum from when Kelly Wunsch did this with the Beloit Brewers.

Apparently it has happened two other times in the minors since 2014. Thought it was more rare since it's.... never happened in the majors, right?
   4. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: August 01, 2019 at 10:58 AM (#5867295)
If there is anyone in major league history who could (should) have done this, Carlos Marmol is at the top of that list. Career 11.6K/9 and 6.2BB/9 (one year he had 16k/9 and another 8bb/9).
   5. Greg Pope Posted: August 01, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5867328)
Thought it was more rare since it's.... never happened in the majors, right

Right. I would guess that it also has to do with the catchers in the majors being better. These AA guys are throwing to 20 year old catchers.
   6. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5867768)
Late, but -- in addition to the catchers, it has something to do with the hitters. This is Van Buren in TFA talking about K #4:
"It wasn't very close to the zone," he said. "It bounced in front of the left-handed batter's box, so I think he was thinking straight fastball. So he just threw his hands at it and got around the curveball a little bit."
IOW, the batter struck out on a wild pitch. That happens a hell of a lot more often in rookie ball than it does in MLB.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5867778)
Right. I would guess that it also has to do with the catchers in the majors being better. These AA guys are throwing to 20 year old catchers.


And pitchers and batters being better.
   8. TJ Posted: August 02, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5867799)
If there is anyone in major league history who could (should) have done this, Carlos Marmol is at the top of that list. Career 11.6K/9 and 6.2BB/9 (one year he had 16k/9 and another 8bb/9).


Now that we have had the chance to watch Trevor Rosenthal for a few weeks here in Detroit, I am certain he could do it- and walk the bases loaded in the process.
   9. Jay Z Posted: August 02, 2019 at 06:02 PM (#5867865)
I know Gene Rye hit three home runs in an inning in the minors. Has any player ever taken the golden sombrero in an inning? Made all three outs, striking out every time?
   10. Jay Seaver Posted: August 02, 2019 at 11:34 PM (#5867925)
never happened in the majors, right?


I feel like there was an inning where Tim Wakefiled had to get five outs, although I don't know how many were strikeouts. It certainly feels like something a knuckleballer is most likely to do.

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