Though the St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly looking for left-handed relief pitching, December 2011 minor league Rule 5 pick Barret Browning has proven to be more than most probably expected since his arrival from Triple-A Memphis 10 days ago.
In fact, the 27-year-old has been perfect. Historically perfect.
Over his first four major league outings, Browning has yet to allow even one baserunner. That ties him with four others for the longest perfect beginning in games to a career in major league history, reports researcher Tom Orf.
By definition, one might think that using games as the measurement rather than innings skews this analysis away from starters and toward relievers, but either way, the accomplishment is impressive.
Upon my request, Orf found the longest perfect starting debut in terms of innings and Browning is right there. The 4 1/3 innings of work by Arizona’s Max Scherzer in his MLB debut on April 29, 2008 has already been tied by Browning’s perfect 4 1/3 frames over...