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#6: Clint Nageotte - 2001
07/25/2007 12:27 AM ET
Each Wednesday timberrattlers

Each Wednesday timberrattlers.com will countdown the top 20 seasons by a Timber Rattler until #1 is revealed on August 29th.  This week: #6

Clint Nageotte 2001

11-8, 3.13 ERA, 26 games started, 152.1 innings pitched, 141 hits allowed, 53 earned runs allowed, 50 walks, 187 strikeouts

Clint Nageotte was a 5th round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners in 1999 out of Brooklyn High School in Brooklyn, OH.  He would make his professional debut the following year in the Arizona League.  He was used as both a starter and a reliever down in the desert, going 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA and a save.  Nageotte would make the jump from Rookie League to the Midwest League in 2001.

The number that jumps out of Nageotte's stats is his Midwest League leading strikeout total of 187.  It is the most in team history, surpassing Gil Meche's 168 in 1998.  No Rattler pitcher has come within 20 strikeouts of his total since.  He avreaged over 11 strikeouts per nine innings.  His ERA and win total are also in the top ten in Rattler history.

In 2002, Nageotte led all of the minor leagues when he struck out 214 batters for San Bernardino in the California League.  The hard throwing righty was selected to the 2003 Futures Game held in Chicago.  He would make his Major League debut June 1, 2004.  He went four innings in relief of Meche against the Toronto Blue Jays, letting up four runs and taking the loss.  Another former Timber Rattler, Aquilino Lopez, was the winner for the Blue Jays in that game.  Nageotte has struggled in the Majors for the most part, compiling a 7.78 ERA over 41.2 innings pitched.  Clint is currently with the New Orleans Zephyrs in the New York Mets system.

Previously on the countdown:

#20: Shin-Soo Choo - 2002

#19: Matt Hagen - 2003

#18: Yung Chi Chen - 2005

#17: Joe Mays - 1997

#16: Adonis Harrison - 1997

#15: Jermaine Clark - 1998

#14: Pedro Liriano - 2001

#13: Mike Wilson - 2005

#12: Chris Mears - 1999

#11: Kevin Olore - 2001

Top 20: Who Missed The Cut

#10: Jamal Strong - 2001

#9: John Castellano - 2001

#8: J.J. Putz - 2000

#7: Aquilino Lopez - 2000

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