Patrick Schuster

Position: LHP
Born: 10/30/1990
Height: 6'2
Weight: 190
B/T: R/L
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on November 23, 2015 (OAK). Originally drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 1-0 with a 1.30 ERA with five saves in 28 games at Nashville (Triple-A), striking out 37 and walking 12 while allowing 26 hits in 34.2 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Nashville July 4 when RHP Andrew Triggs was recalled, RHP Fernando Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day DL and LHP Daniel Couloumbe was sent down. OF Andrew Lambo was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 7/5/2016

Debut Details
July 5, in an 11-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The third of four pitchers, he allowed three runs on two hits in one inning of work, walking one and striking out one. Of 22 pitches, 14 were for strikes. Coming on with two outs and no one on in the seventh inning in relief of Andrew Triggs, he quickly struck out the first batter he faced, Max Kepler, on three pitches. In the eighth, he retired the first bater, Danny Santana, on a ground out to second base before Kurt Suzuki singled to left field. After advancing to second base on a passed ball while Byron Buxton was batting, Buxton’s ensuing groundout to second moved Suzuki to third, from where he scored on an RBI single to right field by Eduardo Nunez. After Robbie Grossman followed by drawing a walk, reliever Liam Hendricks was brought in for Schuster. He gave up a three-run homer to the first batter he faced, Miguel Sano, which scored Nunez and Grossman to account for the rest of the runs on Schuster’s record.

Player Notes
Schuster’s name came into major prominence well before he signed his first pro contract. Back in high school he threw four no-hitters in a row (no, that is not a typo), a pretty neat accomplishment at any level. Ironically (or maybe it’s coincidentally? I always confuse those two!), in his 286 games since then, he’s made just 31 starts and has never thrown a complete game as a pro. His 52 outings between two Double-A stops last summer (Mobile/Diamondbacks and Pensacola/Reds), however, gave him a share of the Southern League lead in that category, as he combined between the two teams to go 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA, striking out 45 batters in 54 innings, walking 26 while giving up 50 hits. After spending his first five seasons with the Diamondbacks, Schuster found himself on a strange paperwork journey starting in December of 2013. Chosen with the first overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft on December 12 by the Houston Astros, who then dealt him in a pre-arranged trade to the San Diego Padres to complete and earlier deal for right-hander Anthony Bass, he was once again waived, this time by the Padres, during spring training of 2014. Still operating under Rule 5 rules, he was claimed by the Kansas City Royals but then returned to the Diamondbacks two days later. He remained in the Arizona system for another season and a half before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds on June 24, 2015. Finally, he declared minor league free agency on November 5, shortly after which he inked with Oakland. Got that? There will be a test on this later.