Monday, June 15, 2009

Name To Know- Clay Zavada

Being a boxscore junkie, I pay close attention to newbies that are making a lasting impression. These are the rookies that most fans haven't heard of, unless you happen to be a follower of that particular team. Well, here at More Hardball we would like to start showcasing these up-and-comers. So, without further ado, More Hardball is proud to present the first "Name to Know" in the form of a mustachioed relief pitcher named Clay Zavada.

Clay Pflibson Zavada is a 24 year old lefty in the Arizona Diamondback's bullpen. In 12 games he's gone 11.1 innings, allowing only 7 hits and 3 walks, for a 0.00 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. He's registered 12 strikeouts, 1 win, and 3 holds. Those are some awesome stats even for the most seasoned of relief pitchers let alone some funny named rookie. Well, this greenhorn doesn't only own a peculiar moniker, he also has the finest groomed mustache in all of baseball. With facial hair and numbers like that, he's sure to become a fan favorite. He's already a More Hardball favorite.



Kind of reminds you of Rollie Fingers huh?

19 comments:

Jay Ballz said...

This guy is a pimp. Looks like that old Reds logo you've got posted.

Burton said...

I think Zavada has a better mustache, though.

tamtam said...

somewhere, keith hernandez is fuming that someone else has a better-looking mustache than him

GM-Carson said...

A 24 year old rookie rocking a stache like that is ballsy, and I admire it.

vendor71 said...

The kid can pitch too. His time up here looks good, but wait til you get a load of his minor league numbers. He was born to be a closer.

William said...

Very cool post. Totally missed Zavada and his performance this year. Thanks for pointing him out.

GM-Carson said...

We're going to be doing a new "Name to Know" probably weekly now.

TBone Jenkins said...

One of my co-workers went to school with this guy and played college ball with him. Read up on him and you'll find that he also has some character and guts. This guy has had a tough luck story. He's had to work hard to get where he is after dropping out of baseball altogether a while back.

GM-Carson said...

Saw he played independent ball. He dominated the whole through the minors, but was completely under the radar in terms of prospect status with no hype.

Mike said...

I went to school with Clay through grade School and High school and partially college. However never had the pleasure of actually playing ball with him(i was a football kid). He's a wonderful friend and a person that puts himself out there for others. I'm glad he is getting recognized and is playing well in the leagues. he has a compelling back story and I hope that no one more then him does well and stays up in the majors. p.s. the stories i would like to tell you about the kid, but i'm not going to say anything i think other people may not consider "fun". best of luck to him

-Mike boik.

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