Brewers rookie hurler Taylor Jungmann will probably get three or four more starts before the close of the 2015 season. For the 25-year-old right-hander, another win in one of those games would give him 10 wins for the season. That would make him the 14th rookie pitcher in Brewers history to win 10 or more games in a rookie season.
Jungmann’s nine wins puts him second on the list of rookie pitchers in the majors this season (he is one of three pitchers with nine wins; Chris Heston of the Giants leads all first-year pitchers with 11 victories). Teddy Higuera holds the Brewers rookie record with 15 wins. The last Brewers pitcher to win 10 or more games in a season was Wily Peralta in 2013.
Jungmann is one of four Brewers rookie pitchers to win a game this season. Michael Blazek has five wins, and youngsters Zach Davies and Ariel Pena each have one win for the ‘Crew this year. The four Brewers rookie pitchers with at least one win this season is the 20th season since 1969 that the team has had at least four rookie pitchers collect a win in a season. The most rookie pitchers to win a game for the Brewers in a season was eight in 1995. Those eight pitchers were: Steve Sparks (nine wins), Sid Roberson (6), Brian Givens (5), Scott Karl (5), Mark Kiefer (4), Jamie McAndrew (2), Ron Rightnowar (2) and Alberto Reyes (1). The 2013 Brewers had seven rookie pitchers with a win, second-most in team history.
Jungmann became the 36th Brewers pitcher to pitch a complete game in his rookie season and he became the 34th Brewers hurler to throw 100 or more innings in his first year with the team.
A strong finish by Jungmann would also help his case for mention in this year’s National League Rookie of the Year Award. Seven different Brewers first-year pitchers have finished in the Top 10 for the ROY voting in the team’s history: Teddy Higuera (second in 1985), Bill Parsons (second in 1971), Don August (fourth in 1988), Cal Eldred (fourth in 1992), Jeff DiAmico (seventh in 1996), Doug Henry (eighth in 1991) and Steve Sparks (ninth in 1995).
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Within the span of one week, the Milwaukee Brewers had two pitchers make their Major League debuts by making quality starts. In fact, rookie hurlers Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann joined a short list of pitchers who have put up some pretty impressive numbers in their first start in an MLB uniform.
Cravy, starting June 2 against St. Louis, took the loss in the Brewers 1-0 defeat. He did, however, pitch seven innings allowing only four hits and giving up one earned run. Jungmann, starting June 9 against the Pirates, pitched an almost identical game to Cravy, although the Brewers won the contest 4-1. Jungmann got his first major league win by pitching seven innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run.
Cravy and Jungmann became the 131st and 132nd starting pitchers in MLB history (since 1914) to pitch at least seven innings, allow less than five hits and give up one or no earned runs in their MLB debut. It was the fourth time it happened in the majors this season as Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (7.2 innings pitched, three hits and no earned runs)and Baltimore’s Mike Wright (7.1 innings pitched. four hits and no earned runs) achieved those numbers in their MLB debuts this season as starters.
For the Brewers, it was the third and fourth time a rookie pitcher making his MLB debut reached those numbers. Rickey Keeton on May 27, 1980 pitched seven innings allowing three hits and one earned run in his MLB debut as a starter; Steve Woodard had the best start of a Brewers rookie pitcher making his MLB debut when he on June 28, 1987 pitched eight innings allowing only one hit and no runs in his MLB debut as a starter. The Brew Crew won that game 1-0.Cravy
The Brewers became only the fourth team in MLB history to have two pitchers make their MLB debut as a starter with these numbers in the same season. In fact, with only one week separating Cravy’s and Jungmann’s performances, it was the shortest time between two such games by teammates in MLB history. The other teams that had two rookie starters reach these numbers in their debut in the same year: St. Louis (Michael Wacha and Tyler Lyons in 2013), San Diego (Brian Tollberg and Rodrigo Lopez in 2000) and Anaheim (Brian Cooper and Ramon Ortiz in 1999).
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