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Everystros XLIX

Another 10 players, but none from the past 12 seasons.

San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros
Sammy Gervacio
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Welcome to the Sunday Everystros.

In today’s dispatch, we continue with players between 101 and 500 PA/BF. They all landed between 0.0033 and 0.0038 bWAR per plate transaction.

370. Dan Miceli (38.91 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot-one right-handed pitcher from Newark, NJ. Born on September 9, 1970, he made his debut in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993 (8-15, 5.41, 176 13 IP, 153 K). He also played with the Detroit Tigers (3-2, 5.01, 82 23 IP, 79 K), the San Diego Padres (14-10, 3.82, 141 1/3, 129 K), the Florida Marlins (6-9, 5.15, 73 13 IP, 71 K), the Colorado Rockies (3-4, 4.55, 59 13 IP, 54 K), the Texas Rangers (0-2, 8.64, 8 13 IP, five K), the Cleveland Indians (1-1, 1.20, 15 IP, 19 K), and the New York Yankees (0-0, 5.79, 4 23 IP, one K).

On July 29, 2003, the Yankees sent Miceli to the Astros in a conditional deal. He pitched 30 innings for the Astros, and allowed 22 hits while striking out 20 and walking seven. Opponents slashed .224/.296/.428 with a 1.194 WHIP through the season.

Miceli remained with the Astros in 2004. On June 1, he struck out three over two perfect innings in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. Eventually he ranked second on the club with 74 appearances through the season, behind only Brad Lidge’s 80. Miceli was 6-6 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA and 83 K’s against 27 walks. Miceli had a 1.300 WHIP and 9.6 K/9.

Miceli rejoined the Rockies in 2005, then played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006 (1-2, 3.94, 32 IP, 18 K).

369. Vinny Castilla (39.02 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot-one right-handed left-side infielder from Oaxaca, MX. Born on July 4, 1967, he made his major league debut on September 1, 1991 with the Atlanta Braves.

After his time with the Braves (21 games, .238/.304/.286, one RBI), Castilla played for the Colorado Rockies (935 games, .299/.342/.530, 203 home runs, 610 RBI) and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (109 games, .219/.253/.316, eight home runs, 51 RBI).

Castilla was released by the Rays without ceremony on May 10, 2001, and signed with the Astros five days later. He couldn’t have started the Astros leg of his career much better, collecting two doubles and a home run with two RBI in a 9-7, 12-inning win against the Chicago Cubs in his debut, on May 15.

Castilla started in 119 games and appeared in 122 of the final 126 games of the season for Houston, and collected multiple hits in 29 of them. On July 28, he hit three home runs for five RBI in a 9-8 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. On August 31, with two outs in the ninth and down by a run with a man on, Castilla hit a come-from-behind, go-ahead two-run homer for a 3-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. He also hit an RBI-single earlier in the game, thus accounting for all of Houston’s runs. On September 5, he hit two doubles and a home run, collecting six RBI in a 10-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds.

Castilla slashed .270/.320/.492 for Houston, with 28 doubles, a triple, and 23 home runs with 82 RBI on a very stacked Houston offense, featuring the Killer B’s and Moisés Alou along with Castilla for a formidable top five in the order. Castilla drew 32 walks and scored 62 times, striking out 86 times. Defensively, he spent nearly his entire time with the team manning the hot corner, playing 1056 23 innings and putting up a .963 fielding percentage.

Houston granted Castilla free agency following the season. He would go on to rejoin the Braves (290 games, .254/.289/.405, 34 home runs, 137 RBI), the Rockies (148 games, .271/.332/.535, 35 home runs, 131 RBI), the Washington Nationals (142 games, .253/.319/.403, 12 home runs, 66 RBI), the San Diego Padres (72 games, .232/.260/.319, four home runs, 23 RBI), and the Rockies for a third tour (15 games, .190/.227/.333, one home run, four RBI.

SABR Bio

368. Dave Magadan (39.16 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot-three lefty-batting righty-throwing corner infielder from Tampa, FL. Born on September 30, 1962, he was originally a 12th-round choice of the Boston Red Sox in 198 out of high school. After going to college instead, Magadan became a second-round selection of the New York Mets in 1983, out of the University of Alabama.

Before joining the Astros, Magadan played with the Mets (701 games, .292/.391/.386, 21 home runs, 254 RBI), the Florida Marlins (66 games, .286/.400/.392, four home runs, 29 RBI), the Seattle Mariners (71 games, .259/.356/.320, one home run, 21 RBI), and a second turn with the Marlins (74 games, .275/.386/.322, one home run, 17 RBI).

On April 15, 1995, Magadan signed with the Astros through free agency. On May 4, he entered in the sixth inning of a tie game against the St. Louis Cardinals, then in the eighth he hit a two-run, go-ahead double to make it 6-4, the eventual final score. On July 14, he hit a single and a double with three RBI in a 13-8 win against the San Francisco Giants. On September 3, he entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth, then drew a walk in the bottom of the inning, hitting a two-run game-tying single with two outs in the eighth, then was intentionally walked in the 11th, but Houston lost, 8-7 to the Marlins.

In 127 games for Houston, Magadan hit .313/.428/.399 with 24 doubles, two homers and 51 RBI. He drew 71 walks and struck out 56 times, and scored 44 runs. Defensively, he played 736 23 innings at third base (.922) and 68 13 at first base (1.000).

Magadan left the way he came, via free agency on October 30, 1995. He’d go on to play with the Chicago Cubs (78 games, .254/.360/.367, two home runs, 29 RBI), the Oakland Athletics (163 games, .308/.407/.400, five home runs, 43 RBI), and the San Diego Padres (302 games, .268/.372/.352, five home runs, 63 RBI.

Although Magadan was never a big home run-hitter, the most impressive part of his game was in his plate discipline. He drew 718 walks over his career, versus only 546 strikeouts. Now that’s just something you don’t see anymore.

SABR Bio

367. Randy Wolf (39.71 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot left-handed pitcher from Canoga Park, CA. Born on August 22, 1976, he was a 25th-round choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school in 1994. Wolf instead attended Pepperdine University. Three years later, the Philadelphia Phillies made him a second-round pick.

Wolf spent eight years in Philadelphia’s rotation (69-60, 4.21, 1175 IP, 971 K), later pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-6, 4.73, 102 23 IP, 94 K) and the San Diego Padres (6-10, 4.74, 119 23 IP, 105 K). On July 22, 2008, the Padres sent Wolf to Houston for Chad Reineke.

Wolf joined Houston’s rotation directly, making a dozen starts down the stretch for our heroes. Half of them were Quality Starts, but his best, no doubt, was on September 3, when he pitched a 128-pitch shutout, striking out eight and walking two in a six-hitter over the Chicago Cubs, 4-0. On September 19, he earned another win by pitching seven innings and giving up only one run on three hits and a walk, striking out seven in a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 70 23 innings pitching with Houston, Wolf allowed his opponents a .255/.323/.401 slashline. Wolf was 6-2, while Houston won all of Wolf’s four no-decisions. He had a 3.57 ERA, a 4.00 FIP, a 1.302 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts versus 24 walks.

Wolf walked on Halloween, free to pursue another deal. He played another six seasons in the majors, with the Dodgers (11-7, 3.23, 214 13 IP, 160 K), the Milwaukee Brewers (29-32, 4.37, 570 13 IP, 372 K), the Baltimore Orioles (2-0, 5.28, 15 13 IP, eight K), the Miami Marlins (1-3, 5.26, 25 23 IP, 19 K), and the Detroit Tigers 0-5, 6.23, 34 23 IP, 28 K).

366. Jim Mann (40.01 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot-three right-handed pitcher from Brockton, MA. Born on November 17, 1974, he was a 54th-round choice of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 draft out of Massasoit Community College.

By the time Mann graduated to the major leagues, it was 2000 and he was a member of the New York Mets. It wasn’t good. In two games, he gave up three runs in 2 23 innings, on six hits and a walk. The Mets granted his free agency after the season.

Mann signed with Houston through free agency on January 3, 2001, and debuted with the Astros in July. He pitched in four games, striking out five in 5 13 innings with an aLI of just 0.18.

Mann was again used in lower leveraged situations in 2002, with a 0.49 aLI, and he stranded all eight of his inherited runners. On August 9, he kept the Astros in the game against the Braves, pitching two scoreless in the 10th and 11th innings in an eventual 6-5, 13-inning loss to Atlanta.

The 2002 season would represent Mann’s most prolific major league season, with over two-thirds of his career MLB games (17). He struck out 19 and walked seven in 22 innings, with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.182 WHIP. After the 2002 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates chose Mann off waivers. After two appearances with the Bucs in 2003, Mann’s MLB career was complete.

365. Kiko Garcia (41.06 Bagwell Score) is a five-foot-11 right-handed infielder from Martinez, CA. Born on October 14, 1953, he was a third-round choice of the Baltimore Orioles in 1971 out of Ygnacio Valley High School.

Garcia played his first five seasons with the Orioles in the majors. (392 games, .232/.278/.317, nine home runs, 78 RBI. On April 1, 1981, the Orioles traded Garcia to the Astros for Chris Bourjos.

Garcia made his debut for Houston on April 19 as a defensive replacement. He ended up playing in 48, starting 34 times and collecting more than one hit in nine. On August 28, he hit a double and a triple, also drawing a 10th-inning intentional walk in a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies (later that inning). The very next day, he hit three singles with three RBI in a 6-1 win against the Phillies. Overall, he slashed .272/.324/.331 with 15 RBI. Defensively, he played 200 13 innings at shortstop (.950), 61 23 innings at third base (.840) and 66 13 innings at second (.977). His advanced metrics suggest he was an above-average middle infielder, but should have avoided the hot corner.

In 1982, Garcia played in 34 games for Houston, hitting .211/.241/.316 with one home run and five RBI. Defensively, he played 151 23 innings at shortstop (.946). He spent the next three years playing for Philadelphia (145 games, .265/.318/.359, two home runs, 14 RBI).

SABR Bio

364. Joe Slusarski (41.42 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot-four right-handed pitcher from Indianapolis, IN. Born on December 19, 1966, he was a sixth-round pick in 1987 by the Seattle Mariners out of the University of New Orleans. Instead of signing, he completed his college education and was taken in the second round the following season, by the Oakland Athletics.

Slusarski reached the big leagues with the A’s in 1991, and played three seasons at the major league level with them (10-12, 5.34, 194 IP, 99 K). He played part of 1995 in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers (1-1, 5.40, 15 IP, six K). After that season, he came and went through the minor leagues with the Cleveland Indians, the Brewers, the California Angels, the Brewers again, and finally signed with the Astros through free agency in 1998. Even then he didn’t get back to the majors until 1999 (three games, 3 23 IP, one hit, three walks, three Ks).

In 2000 Slusarski finally got a nice size bite of major league service time. Houston used him as a mid-level leveraged relief pitcher (0.91 aLI) and watched as he stranded just over half of his inherited runners (22-of-46). On May 25, he got his first save of the year, pitching three nearly perfect innings, striking out three, and allowing only a double in a 10-6 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Slusarski appeared in 54 games in total, but in none of them did he have the impact as he had on August 21. He entered in the bottom of the ninth with a 5-3 lead, the bases loaded, and nobody out. He induced a double play from Eric Young and got Mark Grace to fly out for a very literal save, his second of the season.

In 77 innings for the Astros, Slusarski was 2-7 with three saves and a 4.21 ERA. He allowed 80 hits and 22 walks (1.325 WHIP) while striking out 54. Opponents slashed .269/.323/.426, but much worse against right-handers (.227/.297/.387) than against lefties (.319/.357/.474).

Slusarski started 2001 pitching for the Braves (0-0, 9.00, six IP, five K), but was released after a month. Houston resigned him in May, but Slusarski allowed 10 runs in 10 innings, on 16 hits and three walks (1.900 WHIP) while striking out six. It was his last time in the major leagues.

363. Dooley Womack (42.16 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot right-handed throwing, lefty-batting pitcher from Columbia, SC. Born on August 25, 1939, he made his debut with the New York Yankees in 1966, and played three years with them (15-16, 2.70, 233 23 IP, 134 K). On December 4, 1968, the Bombers sent Womack to the Astros for Dick Simpson.

Womack, who also owns one of the best 70s pop-star (or NASCAR driver) names I’ve ever heard, slotted immediately and easily into Houston’s bullpen. He pitched with a 0.84 aLI and stranded 63 percent of his inherited baserunners. In his very first game, he struck out three in two perfect innings of relief in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. On April 24, he pitched five shutout innings of relief, striking out eight and allowing two walks and two hits in a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. On May 4, he pitched six innings of shutout ball, striking out a pair and scattering four singles and two walks in a 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

In 30 trots out of the pen, Womack was 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 32 K’s in 51 13 innings. He walked 20 and gave up 21 runs (20 earned) on 49 hits, but only one homer. He racked up a 1.344 WHIP and a 2.86 FIP, holding opponents to a .262/.332/.320 line. At the plate, he was one-for-six with a run and an RBI. On August 24, 1969, the Astros sent Womack with Roric Harrison to the Seattle Pilots for Jim Bouton.

After his time with the Pilots (2-1, 2.51, 14 13 IP, eight K), Womack appeared in two games for the 1970 Oakland Athletics (0-0, 15.00, three IP, three K).

362. Omar Moreno (44.02 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot-two left-handed centerfielder from Puerto Armuelles, Panama. Born on October 24, 1952, he reached the big leagues for the first time with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1975. In eight seasons for the Bucs, he appeared in 944 games and slashed .255/.315/.341 with 25 home runs, 263 RBI, and 412 stolen bases. On December 10, 1982, Moreno signed a deal to play for Houston.

Moreno started his time with Houston by collecting four multiple-hit games in his first seven appearances, going 13-for-28 despite going hitless in two of them. He eventually played in 97 of Houston’s first 109 games of the season, starting 94 times and collecting multiple hits in 24. On May 6, he had three singles and a triple with three RBI in a 6-0 win against the Atlanta Braves.

Moreno stole 487 bases over a 12 season major league career, including 30 for Houston in his 34 season with the Astros, but he also ranks 11th all-time in CS, with 182, including 13 for the Astros. Moreno went 98-for-405 with 12 doubles and 11 triples. He drew 22 walks against 72 strikeouts, scoring 48 tuns and driving in 25. In 826 23 innings in center field, he made 256 putouts and seven assists, with six errors for a .978 fielding percentage, and was 11 runs better-than the “average” centerfielder despite his abbreviated time at the position. On August 10, 1983, Houston traded Moreno to the New York Yankees for Jerry Mumphrey.

After his time with the Bombers (199 games, .250/.283/.353, six home runs, 59 RBI), Moreno played for the Kansas City Royals (24 games, .243/.280/.429, two homers, 12 RBI) and the Atlanta Braves (118 games, .234/.276/.351, four home runs, 27 RBI).

361. Sammy Gervacio (45.40 Bagwell Score) is a six-foot right-handed pitcher from Sabana de la Mar, DR. Born on January 10, 1985, he reached the majors with the Astros in 2009. He made his debut on August 14, striking out two in two scoreless innings of an 11-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gervacio pitched to a 0.72 aLI for Houston in 2009, and stranded 19-of-25 inherited runners. In 29 appearances, he was 1-1 with a save and a 2.14 ERA. On September 13, he relieved Doug Brocail with one out and two in scoring position, trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. After striking out Andrew McCutchen on three pitches, he got Andy LaRoche to groundout to end the threat, but Houston eventually lost, 2-1.

Gervacio limited his opponents to a slashline of .219/.305/.315 over 83 plate appearances, along with a 1.143 WHIP and 10.7 K/9 in 21 innings. He also struck out 3.1 batters per walk, with 25 and eight respectively.

The 2010 campaign wouldn’t have quite the same magic for Gervacio, who was lit up for a 12.27 ERA in 3 23 innings, with five walks, three strikeouts, and a 9.08 FIP. Houston granted his free agency after a 2011 season spent in the minors for Gervacio. He didn’t sign with another team, although he has remained busy in the sport, pitching in various organizations and leagues from across the Western Hemisphere, most recently in 2019 with the New Britain Bees in the Atlantic League.

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