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Position player pitching alert: Skip Schumaker, again

Aug 22, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Skip Schumaker Reds AP

With the Reds down 8-0 to the Braves last night manager Bryan Price decided to save the bullpen and turned to utility man Skip Schumaker to work the ninth inning.

Schumaker came in from left field and tossed a scoreless inning, allowing only a walk. Pitch-FX clocked his average fastball at 89.2 miles per hour and he topped out at 91.3 mph.

Here’s the video:

It was the first time the Reds have used a position player to pitch since 2009, but Schumaker has now pitched four different times in his career. He did it twice for the Dodgers last season and once for the Cardinals before that, and now he’s got a 4.50 ERA in four innings of work.

  1. dubzilla29 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Hey, if the utility role doesn’t work out throwing him in the pen.

    • clydeserra - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      well, can’t you just say pitching is part of his utility?

  2. fearlessleader - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Skip had one of the better relief appearances the Reds have gotten this week, and if every pitcher worked as fast as he does, we wouldn’t have to wring our hands about speeding up the game anymore. Nice work by one of my sentimental favorites!

  3. ud1951 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    You kinda have to wonder if Skip might have been a better choice for the start. He looked pretty good out there.

  4. theroc5156 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    He’s better than JJ Hoover.

  5. ptbakery - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    the little runt is a better hurler than hitter

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      not sure why all the thumbs down…

      his career OPS+ is a below league average 93…

      his career ERA+ is an above average 106

      yeah, small sample size on the pitching… but a 93 OPS+ isn’t earth shattering… it means he COULD be below average in pitching but still be better at pitching as long as his ERA+ was at least 94 or higher…

      Oh, Skips OPS+ over the last many years isn’t so good…

      2010 83
      2011 91
      2012 94
      2013 89
      2014 72 (so far)

  6. moogro - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    This shows you that pitchers are the best athletes on the team.

    • moogro - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM


    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      That’s exactly why the Yanks are in the shape they’re in…

      C.C. is their best athlete…

  7. 5thliner - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    True professional. Miss him in STL.

  8. chc4 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Did he strike out BJ Upton? If not then he can’t be that good.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      he walked B.J.

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