From BR Bullpen
James Joseph Merritt
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
 Biographical Information
Jim Merritt had an eleven-year career in the majors. He was famous for great control, with only 322 walks allowed in 1483 innings.
Merritt, at age 21 in 1965, went 5-4 as a rookie with the 1965 Twins. Two years later he had an excellent year with the Twins as he posted a 2.53 ERA, good for fifth in the league, in 1967.
Merritt was traded to the Cincinnati Reds after the 1968 season and had two excellent seasons with them, going 17-9 in 1969 and 20-12 in 1970. Sparky Anderson made his debut as a Reds manager in 1970 and Merritt finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting as the Reds went to the 1970 World Series.
Merritt struggled in 1971 with a record of 1-11 and an arm injury that apparently started in 1970. Traded to the Texas Rangers after the 1972 season, he finished out his career with them in 1973-75.
He holds the single season record for most appearances without a strikeout or walk. In 1975, he appeared in five games, walking zero and striking out zero.
 Notable Achievements
- NL All-Star (1970)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1969 & 1970)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1970)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1967-1970)