Saturday, January 30, 2010

Who Is This Guy?: Josh Fogg

Today we're going to learn more about Josh Fogg, a right-handed pitcher that signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Friday.

Josh:

- is like Vince Vaughn in "Dodgeball", according to Troy Renck,  Cool Expert/columnist of the Denver Post.

- was born Joshua Smith Fogg on December 13, 1976 in Lynn, Massachusetts. I always feel bad when someone has a birthday so close to Christmas.

- was drafted by the White Sox in the 3rd round in the 1998 amateur draft out of the University of Florida. Jesse Palmer was the swinging bachelor quarterback for the Gators at the time.

- made his major league debut September 2, 2001. He was traded from the White Sox to the Pirates that offseason for Todd Ritchie.

- would pitch for the Pirates through 2005 before signing with the Rockies for '06 and '07. After spending a terrible 2008 with the Reds he couldn't resist the siren call of Denver for one more season in '09.

 - has the nickname "Dragon Slayer". He acquired this name after winning games he started against Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling and more of "the best pitchers in baseball" in 2007. As far as we know it's not because he plays Dungeons and Dragons.

- started the 2007 one game playoff for the Rockies against the Padres. He lasted four innings giving up five earned runs. The team won anyway thanks to Hoffman Fail.

- started Game 3 of the 2007 World Series against the Red Sox. He gave up 6 earned runs in 2.2 innings. There was no Papelbon Fail.

- has a lifetime .119 batting average. Has never tripled or homered.

- threw a complete game two-hit shut out on June 30, 2006 for the Rockies against the Mariners, facing the minimum 27 batters. The three Mariners that got on base all were erased on double plays. Nobody's heard from them since.

- made 23 relief appearances and only one start last season, but expects to compete for a spot in the rotation.

- has a lifetime 62-69 record with a 3.36 ERA as a reliever and a 5.16 ERA as a starter.

1 comment:

Brian said...

I love it!

I really hope that Fogg does not get an opportunity to compete for a starting role. The lowest ERA he's posted in the last six years was 4.64, and his career ERA is above 5.

He might have a chance to stick in the bullpen as a Looper type, pitching to contact, etc. He did have a 1.14 WHIP last season in Colorado so we can hope...