Saturday, July 22, 2017

Camilo Pascual, great Cuban pitcher





In the 1950's, the Washington Senators had many Cubans in their farm system.   They had a scout who looked for players in the island.

Camilo Pascual, a pitcher from Havana, Cuba, broke with the team in 1954.   He was one of those players that scout Joe Cambria found in Cuba.

It took him a few years to get going but Camilo was 17-10 in 1959 with a very good 2.64 ERA.   He also led the AL in complete games with 17 and shutouts with 6.

From 1959 to 1965, Camilo Pascual was one of the most consistent pitchers in major league baseball. 

He won 109 games, completed 95 and 3 strikeout titles during those 7 seasons.   He did this despite pitching for mediocre teams in Washington and later in Minnesota.   

Unfortunately, Camilo was injured in 1965 and did not get to enjoy a full season with the Twins who lost to the Dodgers in the World Series.  He did start game 3 but lost.

In 1967, the veteran was traded to the new Washington Senators where he won 25 games over a couple of seasons.

Camilo finished his career with 174 wins and a 3.63 ERA.   He was one of the most successful Latino right handed pitchers.    Wonder how many games he would have won with a better team?

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