SouthBronxBombers wrote:I stand corrected on Feller.
Brillheart pitched a total of four years with a lifetime losing record.
There is no Bill Miller that I can find that made his debut at the age of 18.
Mike McCormack did nothing until his third year.
Ed Knouff won a grand total of 20 games in the 1880's.
Dierker also did not do anything until his third year.
Feller's only remarkable event prior to his third year was striking out 17 in one game. He had no real impact until then, but I will say he did pitch decently at that age. The others did not.
Your statement was not how many guys went on to great careers. Your statement was: "I think you can count the number of 18 year old kids who have pitched decently in the majors at 0."
The criteria is pitching decently at age 18:
Brillheart pitched almost 120 innings with a 3.61 ERA, 7 percent better than the league average.
Bob (sorry) Miller pitched 70 innings in relief at age 18 with an ERA of 2.45, 50% better than league average.
Mike McCormack pitched 75 innings with a 4.10 ERA, just 4 percent below league average.
Ed Knouff pitched 106 innings at age 17 with a 3.65 ERA, just 6 percent below league average.
Dierker pitched almost 150 innings with a 3.50 ERA, just 4 percent below league average.
At age 18 or younger all 5 of these pitchers and Feller pitched decently in the majors. It's certainly unusual for that to happen and it's certainly no guarantee of long-term success, and it certainly can be risky for a young player to be pitching at that age in the majors.
But, I was just responding to your statement that no one had ever pitched decently in the majors at age 18. That's not true.