The 10 Position Players Who Have Pitched This Season

Four catchers have gone to the mound

There have been ten position players who have gone to the mound to help their teams this season and so far other than John Ryan Murphy, they have done pretty well.

Player Position Date Tm Opp Rslt   IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str ERA
JB Shuck OF 2019-04-22 PIT ARI L 4-12 9-GF 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 13 7 0.00
Jesus Sucre C 2019-04-22 BAL CHW L 2-12 9-GF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 7 0.00
Kevin Plawecki C 2019-04-21 CLE ATL L 5-11 9-GF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 9 0.00
Kendrys Morales DH/1B 2019-04-20 OAK TOR L 1-10 9-GF 1.0 1 1 1 2 0 0 21 10 9.00
Chris Davis 1B/DH 2019-04-20 (2) BAL MIN L 7-16 9-GF 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 22 16 9.00
Aaron Altherr OF 2019-04-10 PHI WSN L 1-15 9-GF 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 19 14 9.00
Hanser Alberto IF 2019-04-07 BAL NYY L 3-15 9-GF 1.0 1 2 2 2 0 1 20 9 18.00
Eduardo Nunez IF 2019-04-05 BOS ARI L 8-15 8-GF (8) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 14 9 9.00
Russell Martin C 2019-03-30 LAD ARI W 18-5 9-GF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 8 0.00
John Ryan Murphy C 2019-03-30 ARI LAD L 5-18 7-GF (8) 2.0 8 7 7 3 0 2 54 33 31.50

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  • Shuck pitched an inning in 2016 with the Chicago White Sox. (He also led the Ohio State pitching staff in strikeouts in 2008).
  • Sucre needed only nine pitches
  • Plawecki pitched once before throwing for the Mets in 2017. He allowed three home runs in that appearance.
  • The A’s Morales made his second career pitching appearance and gave up a bases-loaded sacrifice fly but was able to strand three Jays runners. Turnabout is fair play since Morales’ only other pitching outing came last year, throwing a scoreless inning for the Jays against the A’s. 
  • Many have accused Davis of hitting like a pitcher, but those people are just cruel. Davis picked up a strikeout in his game this season and he had two in his 2.0 IP performance in 2012 against the Red Sox when he picked the win.
  • Altherr made his debut on the mound and struck out two.
  • Alberto played second base and pitched in his game and went 2-4.
  • Nunez got Alex Avila to swing and miss on a 60.2 mph breaking ball, but then Avila homered on an 85.2 mph fastball.
  • Martin’s 1-2-3 inning, and subsequent Dodgers win, was the first by a full-time position player since 1925. It was the first time a position player closed out a win since left fielder Willie Smith did it for the Tigers in 1963.
  • Murphy, who had pitched in high school, tossed two innings, throwing 54 pitches mostly in the 55-60 mph range.