James Karinchak

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James Stephen Karinchak

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Biographical Information[edit]

James Karinchak made an impressive major league debut in 2019 when he appeared in five games with the Cleveland Indians, pitched 5 1/3 innings, had 8 strikeouts, an ERA of 1.69 and a WHIP of 0.75.

James was born in 1995 in Walden, NY. Through 2019, he is the only big leaguer born there. He attended Bryant College in Smithfield, RI, a school attended also by Keith MacWhorter. James was drafted in the 9th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft (the scout was Mike Kanen), and after a bit of a rough first year in the minors, with a 5.79 ERA for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, he put up much lower ERA's in his next two seasons. Split among three teams in 2018 (A, A+ and AA ball), he had a sterling 1.29 ERA in 42 games in relief. He was 5th in the Carolina League with 13 saves. In 2019 in the minors, split mostly among AA and AAA ball, he posted an ERA of 1.69, although he was utterly dominant in AA ball with an ERA of 0.00 but less impressive in AAA ball.

Most notably, however, in 2019 in the minors, he pitched 30 1/3 innings in relief and had 74 strikeouts, for a rate of 22 strikeouts per nine innings!

With the Indians, he made five relief appearances, and gave up a run in only one of those appearances.

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