Each Wednesday timberrattlers.com will countdown the top 20 seasons by a Timber Rattler until #1 is revealed on August 29th. This week: #5
Ken Cloude 1995
9-8, 3.24 ERA, 25 games started, 161 innings pitched, 137 hits allowed, 58 earned runs allowed, 63 walks, 140 strikeouts
A 6th round pick by the Mariners in the 1993 draft out of McDonogh High School in Owings Mills, MD, Ken Cloude made an impressive debut with Arizona League Mariners in 1994. He struck out 61 batters in 52.1 innings with a 2.06 ERA. This would allow him to skip Everett in 1995 and head straight to Wisconsin as a 20 year old.
Cloude was a workhorse for the Rattlers in their inaugural season, averaging over 6 1/3 innings pitched per start. His four complete games would be a team record, along with teammate Derek Bieniasz, until T.A. Fulmer topped it in 2003. His strikeouts, innings pitched, and ERA are all in the top 10 in Timber Rattler history.
After winning 15 games for Lancaster in 1996 and getting out to a 11-7 start with Double A Memphis in 1997, Cloude would get the call to the Big Leagues by the Mariners. He took the Kingdome mound against the Chicago White Sox on August 9th, going six innings and letting up three runs while taking the loss. He went 4-2 in his nine starts as a rookie. He would go 8-10 in 30 starts the following year, but struggled the following season, getting sent to the pen and finishing with a 7.96 ERA. Ken would pitch in the minors for four more seasons, but would never make it back to the Majors.
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