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Annual Pitching Leaders

This page lists the yearly games won, earned run average, and strikeout champions of the Midwest League, a Single-A minor baseball league with teams in several states. This table includes pitching leaders for the MWL predecessors the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League and the Illinois State League.



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These are the pitchers who led the Midwest League each summer in the most commonly cited stats: Wins, Earned Run Average, and Strikeouts (the "Pitching Triple Crown" categories). The best big leaguer on this list is probably Juan Marichal, who pitched for the Michigan City White Caps in 1959, though I'll listen to supporters of Dave Stewart, who was at Clinton in 1977. Goose Gossage is on the list; so is Vida Blue. As are Dontrelle Willis and Astros Mets closer Billy Wagner. Nonetheless, very few of these pitchers were impact players at the major league level.

While no pitcher had a long, dominant career in the league, pitchers named Charles Smith have twice lead the league in strikeouts--at Clinton in 1956, and at South Bend in 1995.



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2000-09

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
2009 Erik Davis Fort Wayne 13 Kenn Kasparek Clinton 2.41 Simon Castro Fort Wayne 157
Jon Michael Redding Great Lakes
2008 Jon Kibbler West Michigan 14 Jon Kibbler West Michigan 1.75 David Bromberg Beloit 177
2007 Duane Below West Michigan 13 Sean O'Sullivan Cedar Rapids 2.22 Duane Below West Michigan 160
Rafael Gonzalez Dayton
David Herndon Cedar Rapids
2006 Burke Badenhop West Michigan 14 Stephen Marek Cedar Rapids 1.96 Jeke McGee Southwest Michigan 171
Yohan Pino Beloit
2005 Ryan Ford Kane County 14 Kyle Aselton Beloit 2.49 Eric Hurley Clinton 152
Sean Gallagher Peoria
2004 Brad Knox Kane County 14 Steve Bondurant Kane County 2.08 Brad Knox Kane County 174
Carlos Marmol Lansing
Danny Muegge South Bend
Matt Vasquez West Michigan
Steve Bondurant Kane County
2003 Jon Connolly West Michigan 16 Jon Connolly West Michigan 1.41 Joe Blanton Kane County 144
Sam Smith South Bend
2002 Tyler Johnson Peoria 15 Dontrelle Willis Kane County 1.83 J.D. Durbin Quad City 163
Chad Petty West Michigan
2001 Ryan Mottl Dayton 15 Josh Hall Dayton 2.65 Clint Nageotte Wisconsin 187
Chad Qualls Michigan
2000 Andy Van Hekken West Michigan 16 Calvin Chipperfield West Michigan 2.13 Paul Darnell Clinton 164
Travis Thompson Clinton/
Dayton
16 Jacob Peavy Fort Wayne 164

1990-99

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1999 Doug Bridges Cedar Rapids 15 Robert Averette Rockford 2.58 Juan Rincon Quad City 153
1998 Joe Thomas Michigan/
Fort Wayne
15 Jason Childers Beloit 1.92 Alan Webb West Michigan 202
1997 Clay Bruner West Michigan 15 Craig Quintal West Michigan 1.96 Ramon Ortiz Cedar Rapids 225
Dave Borkowski West Michigan
1996 Brandon Kolb Clinton 16 Britt Reames Peoria 1.90 Britt Reames Peoria 167
1995 Tony Mounce Quad City 16 Cory Corrigan Peoria 2.32 Charles Smith South Bend 145
1994 Jim Cole Beloit 18 Will Cunnane Kane County 1.43 Billy Wagner Quad City 204
1993 LaTroy Hawkins Ft. Wayne 15 LaTroy Hawkins Ft. Wayne 2.06 LaTroy Hawkins Ft. Wayne 179
Mike Call South Bend
1992 John Fritz Quad City 20 Bobby Chouinard Kane County 2.08 Gabe White Rockford 176
1991 Salomon Torres Clinton 16 Salomon Torres Clinton 1.41 Salomon Torres Clinton 214
Dan Carlson Clinton
1990 Marcus Moore Quad City 16 Alan Newman Kenosha 1.64 Fili Martinez Quad City 195

1980-89

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1989 Marcos Lopez Peoria 18 Jose Ventura South Bend 1.57 Glenn Carter Quad City 190
1988 Pat Bangston Kenosha 17 Mark Dewey Clinton 1.43 Tom Gordon Appleton 172
1987 Bob Faron Springfield 19 Keith Brown Cedar Rapids 1.59 Paul McClellan Clinton 209
1986 Jeff Oyster Springfield 17 Greg Simpson Cedar Rapids 1.81 Steve Gasser Kenosha 225
1985 Keith Silver Clinton 17 Keith Silver Clinton 2.24 Alan Sontag Kenosha 213
1984 Chris Bosio Beloit 17 Bruce Tanner Appleton 1.96 Mark Ciardi Beloit 166
1983 Rich DeVincenzo Appleton 18 Barry Bass Burlington 1.68 Rich DeVincenzo Appleton 193
1982 Mark Grant Clinton 16 Mike Tanzi Appleton 2.22 Mark Grant Clinton 243
1981 Edwin Nunez Wausau 16 Ken Pryce Quad City 1.98 Edwin Nunez Wausau 205
1980 Bob Konopa Wisconsin Rapids 17 Bengie Biggus Burlington 2.27 Scott Garrelts Clinton 159

1970-79

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1979 Randy Clark Quad City 16 Doug Jones Burlington 1.75 Tom Owens Wausau 136
1978 LaMarr Hoyt Appleton 18 Sam Spence Waterloo 2.38 Brad Havens Quad Cities 197
1977 Dave Stewart Clinton 17 Phil Nastu Cedar Rapids 1.88 Joe Crisler Quad Cities 155
1976 Ron Hodges Cedar Rapids 14 Ron Hodges Cedar Rapids 1.24 Ted Barnicle Cedar Rapids 160
Dave Steck Quad Cities
1975 Mitch Bobinger Danville 17 David Aloi Dubuque 1.69 Mitch Bobinger Danville 201
1974 Mike Messman Wisconsin Rapids 16 Luis Sanchez Cedar Rapids 1.59 Lafayette Currence Danville 184
1973 Jerry Gomez Waterloo 14 Gerald Tyler Clinton 2.17 Gerald Tyler Clinton 168
1972 Carl Austerman Danville 16 Fred Bruntrager Clinton 1.67 Mark Littell Waterloo 199
1971 Rich Gossage Appleton 18 Rich Gossage Appleton 1.83 John D'Acquisto Decatur 244
1970 John Conzatti Clinton 12 Doug Bird Waterloo 1.84 Steve Hardin Wisconsin Rapids 161
Arnold Johannes Wisconsin Rapids
Jerry Bell Clinton
Larry Gonsalves Decatur
Steve Hardin Wisconsin Rapids

1960-69

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1969 Don Eddy Appleton 18 Don Eddy Appleton 1.81 Bart Johnson Appleton 200
1968 Alec Distaso Quincy 13 Steve Sibley Decatur 2.01 Vida Blue Burlington 231
1967 Bob DeLong Decatur 15 Bob DeLong Decatur 1.97 Bob DeLong Decatur 191
Ray Jarvis Waterloo
Gerald Lyscio Wisconsin Rapids
1966 Fred Rath Fox Cities 17 Vern Geishert Quad Cities 1.13 Mickey Abarbanel Fox Cities 206
1965 Danny Morris Wisconsin Rapids 16 Tony Pierce Burlington 1.84 Danny Morris Wisconsin Rapids 274
1964 Mike Carubia Quad Cities 15 Mike Carubia Quad Cities 1.69 Joe McKirahan Decatur 208
1963 Ken Turner Quad Cities 18 Jerome Rozmus Clinton 1.44 Nick DeMatteis Decatur 237
1962 Paul Deem Quincy 18 Tony Komisar Cedar Rapids 2.10 Barry Schollenberger Waterloo 226
1961 David Busby Waterloo 21 Dennis Ribant Quad Cities 1.86 David Busby Waterloo 237
1960 Tom Haake Dubuque 19 Tom Haake Dubuque 2.52 Bob Sprout Decatur 264

1947-59

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1959 Joel McDaniel Decatur 22 Galen Cisco Waterloo 2.23 Joel McDaniel Decatur 212
1958 Juan Marichal Michigan City 21 Juan Marichal Michigan City 1.87 Hal Kolstad Waterloo 250
1957 Emerson Unzicker Kokomo 20 Dick Lines Clinton 1.80 Harold Morris Mattoon 202
1956 Arturo Miro Clinton 22 Charles Alsop Michigan City 2.64 Charles Smith Lafayette 263

Mississippi-Ohio Valley League

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1955 Allen Evans Kokomo 21 David Wegerek Lafayette 2.59 Ben Rich Clinton 199
1954 John Baumgarner Decatur 22 John Bumgarner Decatur 2.67 Dave Jiminez Clinton 249
1953 Juan Garcia Decatur 18 Bill Bright Mattoon 2.51 Dennis Hamilton Mattoon 195
Tince Leonard Hannibal
1952 Ken Gohn Danville 22 Ken Gohn Danville 1.58 Amacio Ferro Hannibal 183
1951 Lee Tunnison Centralia 20 Lee Tunnison Centralia 3.12 Lee Tunnison Centralia 170
1950 Gene Pisarski Centralia 22 Gene Pisarski Centralia 2.06 Bill Ecklund Centralia 174
1949 Joe Prucha Centralia 19 Dick Loeser West Frankfort 2.22 Joe Mattis Mattoon 166

Illinois State League

  Wins Earned Run Average Strikeouts
Year Pitcher Team Wins Pitcher Team ERA Pitcher Team Ks
1948 Floyd Melliere West Frankfort 21 Floyd Melliere West Frankfort 1.77 Mike Blyzka Belleville 192
1947 Robert Freels Belleville 19 Ken Wild West Frankfort 1.73 Don Liddle Mt. Vernon 190

Sources:
News Sources.
Assorted Baseball America Almanacs.
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd ed (1997).



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