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July 18, 2014

Raising Aces

Outta Nowhere

by Doug Thorburn


The vast majority of successful big-league pitchers have been vetted by the baseball analysis community before they throw a major-league pitch, but occasionally a player surprises us with a breakthrough performance despite a modest upbringing. Inspired by Carl Spackler, these players have come outta nowhere to wow crowds across baseball.

There have been a small handful of these Cinderella stories thus far in 2014. Two of them are pitching for the Houston Astros, with Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel garnering the spotlight in this space a couple of weeks ago, but there has been also been some magic taking place outside of Texas. The following players were all drafted after the fifth round, yet they are each being counted on to fill a significant role in a big-league rotation over the second half, so let's examine how the glass slipper fits for this intriguing trio.

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