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Mark Petkovsek
Pitcher
Born: November 18, 1965(1965-11-18)
Beaumont, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 8, 1991 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2001 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Pitching record     46-28
Earned run average     4.73
Strikeouts     358
Teams

Mark Joseph Petkovsek (born November 18, 1965 in Beaumont, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Texas Rangers (1991 and 2001), Pittsburgh Pirates (1993), St. Louis Cardinals (1995-98) and Anaheim Angels (1999-2000).

He attended the University of Texas, where he threw a seven-inning no-hitter in March of 1987. Petkovsek was a first-round pick of the Rangers later that year, and in 1991, he made his major-league debut with the club, pitching 4-2/3 and taking the loss against the New York Yankees.

The Rangers granted him his free agency following the year, and he signed with Pittsburgh for 1992. He spent the year at AAA Buffalo, where he co-aced for the club with Tim Wakefield.

After Petkovsek appeared in 23 games for Pittsburgh in '93, the Pirates let Petkovsek walk, and the right-hander signed with the Astros for 1994. They assigned him to AAA Tucson out of Spring Training, and he spent the entire year there. On May 16, 1994, Petkovsek threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Tucson franchise history, beating the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5 - 0 in his only complete game of the year. For his effort, Petkovsek was named PCL Pitcher of the Week.

As had the Rangers and Pirates before them, the Astros granted Petkovsek his free agency after the 1994 season, and he found a home in the Cardinals organization, pitching at both AAA Louisville and for the major league Redbirds in 1995. His 21 major league starts that year were a career high.

He helped the Cardinals win the 1996 National League Central Division, winning 11 times against only two defeats as a swingman. The 11 wins he had for St. Louis were a career high, regardless of professional level.

In 9 years he had a 46-28 Win-Loss record, 390 Games, 41 Games Started, 1 Complete Game, 1 Shutout, 101 Games Finished, 5 Saves, 710 Innings Pitched, 797 Hits Allowed, 410 Runs Allowed, 373 Earned Runs Allowed, 82 Home Runs Allowed, 222 Walks, 358 Strikeouts, 35 Hit Batsmen, 22 Wild Pitches, 3,086 Batters Faced, 26 Intentional Walks, 4 Balks and a 4.73 ERA.

Sources

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Arizona Daily Star, May 17, 1994

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