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Patrick J. Neshek

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[edit] Biographical Information

Sidearming right-hander Pat Neshek grew up in the Minneapolis, MN suburbs and became one of three Minnesota-raised members of the Minnesota Twins on the 2006 playoff roster (Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins were the others).

[edit] Amateur career

Pat was an All-State pitcher in high school. As a freshman in college, he only went 3-8 with 2 saves and a 4.63 ERA, but averaged a strikeout per inning. In 2001, he was 4-8 for Butler University but struck out 118 in 85 innings. He set a school record for strikeouts in a season and in a game (18 on April 15 against the University of Detroit) and led the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in batters fanned. He made the Cape Cod League All-Star team that year. In 2002, Neshek was 4-6 with a 3.08 ERA and 94 K's in 88 IP. His 280 strikeouts made him Butler's all-time leader despite his 11-22 record in college.

[edit] Minor league career

Pat was drafted in the 6th round of the 2002 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins. He debuted with the Elizabethton Twins and dazzled, going 0-2 with a 0.99 ERA and 15 saves. Opponents hit just .141 against him and he had a .70 WHIP. He struck out 41 batters in 27 1/3 innings. He was one save behind league leader Fernando Tadefa.

Neshek moved quickly through the Twins chain. In 2003, he went 3-2 with 14 saves and a 0.52 ERA for the Quad City River Bandits; opponents hit .165, his WHIP remained under 1 and he fanned 53 batters in 34 1/3 IP. Promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle, Pat had a 4-1 record, two saves and a 2.15 ERA in 20 games. HE allowed a .201 average and struck out 29 batters in 29 1/3 innings while keeping his WHIP under one. He finished up with the New Britain Rock Cats, going 1-1 with one save and a 5.87 ERA in five games.

Neshek split 2004 between Fort Myers (0-1, 10 Sv, 2.95, .222 opponent average, only 2 BB in 18 1/3 IP and 19 K) and New Britain (2-1, 2 Sv, 3.82, .252 average allowed, 38 K in 35 1/3 IP). He spent all of 2005 with the Rock Cats and went 6-4 with 24 saves and a 2.19 ERA. He struck out 95 in 82 1/3 IP in 55 games and lowered his WHIP back under one. He led the Twins system in saves.

Pat went 6-2 with a 1.95 ERA for the 2006 Rochester Red Wings and struck out 87 while walking only 14 in 60 innings. He finished 4th in the minors in strikeouts per inning by a reliever, the highest for anybody pitching in AAA. That led to his promotion to the majors. Baseball America rated him as the top relief pitching prospect (and #16 overall prospect) from the International League that year and he made the IL All-Star team as the top reliever.

[edit] Major leagues

Pat went 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 32 games for the Twins in 2006, fanning 53 and walking just 6 in 37 innings, allowing only 23 hits. After an indifferent collegiate career, he had dazzled in the minors and now was doing so in the major leagues.

[edit] Hobbies and website

Neshek is an avid collector of sports and other memorabilia and often writes about his latest acquisitions, as well as life as a major-leaguer, at Patneshek.com.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (2014)

[edit] Sources

2001-2007 Baseball Almanacs, MLB.com, USA Today website

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