Tampa Prep Star Tosses Three Straight No-Hitters
You've almost certainly never heard the name Patrick Schuster before, but the Mitchell (Fla.) high school star just surpassed the likes of Johnny Vander Meer, throwing a third consecutive no-hitter last night in his school's 2-0 victory over Clearwater Central Catholic.
To be fair, we're not talking about major league competition. And all these no-hiiters have come in seven-inning, high school contests. But we are talking about legitimate high school baseball in a state that cranks out plenty of MLB players, with plenty of pro scouts ready to pounce on him.
On Monday, Schuster allowed three base runners -- two reached on errors while he drilled a third -- but still finished the game after throwing only 96 pitches. He struck out 16 hitters, and remember, that's 16 batters in seven innings; 16 of the 24 hitters who came to the plate against him left by way of the K.
Here's something even more amazing: He struck out 17 in his first no-hitter, April 3 against school rival Land O' Lakes (Who knew? We thought they just made butter!). In three no-hitters, he struck out 43 batters.
Mr. Schuster? There's a Scott Boras on line two for you? Says he has a suitcase filled with non-sequential $20s in it for you.
If Schuster can hold of the allure of the big leagues -- or if the big leagues deem the 6-foot-2, 170 pounder too raw to merit a draft pick (unlikely) -- he'll spend next year playing for the University of Florida. That sound you hear is Gator boosters scrambling for pen and paper to write Schuster heart-felt letters to try and convince him to spend three years in Gainesville.
So, the obvious question is this: Can anyone remember a pitcher at any level, at any place, who threw three consecutive no-hitters? And where does this rank in the list of remarkable individual pitching feats, considering the fact that all his no-hitters were over seven innings?
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