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The Brewer Advent Calendar #9: Mark DiFelice

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Behind door #9 we find...Mark DiFelice!

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It took Mark DiFelice 10 minor league seasons and 4 organizations to get there, but he made it to the big leagues in 2008 and put together a nice debut season. DiFelice was shelled in his debut at Fenway (three runs on five hits in one inning), but after that he settled down and posted a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings the rest of the way.

All told, even including the rough outing at Fenway, DiFelice posted an ERA+ of 153 for 2008. Only six players in Brewer history have posted a higher ERA+ in their ML debut season:

Pitcher Season IP ERA ERA+
Doug Henry 1991 36 1.00 402
Dave Stapleton 1987 14.2 1.84 250
Jose Mercedes 1994 31 2.32 217
Jayson Durocher 2002 48 1.88 217
Jaime Cocanower 1983 30 1.80 208
Al Reyes 1995 33.1 2.43 204
Mark DiFelice 2008 19 2.84 153