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February 9, 2011

BTB looks back on the early years of Dwight Gooden

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ February 9, 2011 3:15 pm
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BillPetti:

… Doc didn’t just burst on to the baseball scene. He exploded with the force of super nova. At 19 years old, [Dwight] Gooden was utterly dominant, winning 17 games while striking out 276 batters (11.4/9 innings) and posting a 1.07 WHIP. In 1985 (or “The Summer of Doc“), the 20-year old Gooden put together one of the greatest seasons by a starting pitcher the baseball world had ever seen, posting a record of 24-4, striking out 268 batters (8.7/9 innings), and compiling a WHIP of 0.956 and an ERA of 1.53 (good for an ERA+ of 229). In 1986, at 21-years old, he finished the season with 17 wins, 200 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.10 all while anchoring the starting rotation of one of the greatest single season teams ever and winning the World Series.

He was, as the graphic above illustrates, arguably the greatest young pitcher out of the gate we have ever seen. The graphic above shows the top 25 pitchers in terms of rWAR over their first three seasons, age 17-23. …

There is a familiar name on that graphic…

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