Sep 26, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals take batting practice before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Pittsley – Starting Pitcher
Jim Pittsley was another hyped prospect that pretty much blew burrito chunks when he finally pitched for the KC Royals. Pittsley was the Royals no. 1 pick in the 1992 draft (17th overall) and got his first taste of major-league baseball in 1995 at age 21 by making one start.
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After that brief cup of coffee, Pittsley made 21 starts for the KC Royals in 1997, posting a 5-8 record, 5.46 ERA, and a 4.2 K/9. Nolan Ryan he wasn’t.
But, hey, he was a prospect so got a shot at the bullpen in 1998. Pittsley proved to be even worse coming out of the pen, allowing a 6.59 ERA in 39 games as the team’s garbage man. KC Royals manager Tony Muser then tossed Pittsley to the major-league wolves for five more starts in 1999 resulting in a 6.94 ERA while lasting less then five innings per start. Overall, Pittsley finished his KC Royals career with a 7-11 record, 6.13 ERA, and a 4.5 K/9.
The KC Royals then put Pittsley on waivers—which was a rather common fate for “hot” KC Royals pitching prospects in that era.
Now that we’ve named a complete starting staff of awful, next comes a relief staff certain to turn a losing game into utter humiliation.
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