Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Hair Raising Experience

I hadn't heard much about Daniel Schlereth this spring, so I thought I'd take a look. Ouch. Batting average against: .458, WHIP 3.00, ERA 20.25 over four outings. Four innings pitched, 11 hits, 9 ER. Only one walk, but I guess that doesn't really help if you're getting shelled. However, control hasn't been his strong suit, so maybe it's a positive after all. Over 18.1 innings with Arizona last year, Schlereth issued 15 BB.

Schlereth is 23 years old. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska. How's that for a fun fact? Much more interesting than the fact that his father is ESPN analyst and former NFL player Mark Schlereth, right? That's because everyone feels the need to repeat the fact ad nauseum, ad infinitum. Actually, Mark Schlereth is from Anchorage, hence Daniel hails from Anchorage, so the two facts are sort of related. Bad pun intended.

Arizona selected him 26th overall in the 2008 draft. He was called up on May 29, 2009. After his call-up from AA Mobile, Schlereth must have watched Bull Durham to learn his clichés, because they were out in full force. Also, be sure to scroll down on that page to check out the hair. Holy light sockets, batman!