Pat Rapp

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Patrick Leland Rapp

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Pat Rapp was a journeyman righthander who pitched for six different big league teams during his 10-year career. After being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 15th round in the 1989 amateur draft and making his major league debut with the Giants in 1992, he was selected in the expansion draft by the Florida Marlins and had his longest tenure with any team in Miami, staying a Marlin until midway through the 1997 season. Rapp's best season came in 1995 when he set career highs in wins (14) and ERA (3.44), and also threw multiple complete-game shutouts for the only time in his career. Rapp was the Marlins all-time leader in strikeouts until 2001.

After the Marlins traded him back to his original ball club in 1997 for two prospects, Rapp signed a succession of one-year deals with four different teams in the next four years (with the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Anaheim Angels). Pat was pedestrian at best in each of those seasons, not once posting a .500 winning percentage or a sub-4.00 ERA. He made his only postseason appearance for the 1999 Red Sox, pitching the last inning of a 13-1 Boston victory in Game 3 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 2001 season but never appeared in a game for the team.

Rapp earned some minor notoriety during his career by naming his son Nolan Ryan Rapp.

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