Ron Mahay was drafted as an outfielder, by the Red Sox, in 1991, and actually made the majors as an outfielder in 1995, briefly, going 4-20, with two doubles and a homer. Mahay was apparently one of the
scabs “replacement players” in spring training that year, and may have been promoted because of that; he really hadn’t hit enough in the minors to make the Show. His career minor league hitting line (which includes some work as a pitcher) is only .250/.327/.345.
Anyway, in 1996 he converted to the mound, and was in the majors “for good” a year later. In actuality, he’s had few years when he hasn’t been demoted to the minors, and in fact has probably spent more time there than in the bigs. After a couple of decent years with the Sox, he was waived for some reason in spring of 1999 and picked up by the A’s. He had a lot of trouble in 2000 and was sold to the Marlins, and didn’t pitch well there either.
He signed with the Padres as a free agent in 2001, but never pitched for the big club, but had a good stretch run with the Cubs that year. He was terrible in 2002 and they released him late in the season. He’s spent the last five seasons with the Rangers, which have probably been the best stretch of his career, though he had a bad year in 2005.
Hasn’t shown a big left-right split in his career, and has pitched better against righthanders than lefties this season. To be fair, he’s probably mostly faced really good lefties, since his usage pattern (44 percent of PA against lefties) shows that he has been used to some degree as a specialist… Looking at the scouting report: throws three pitches, fastball-slider-change, with the majority of pitches the fastball. Naturally, he throws the slider mostly to lefties and the change mostly to righties.
I’m gonna let this serve as the game thread for tonight’s game.