Each Wednesday timberrattlers.com will countdown the top 20 seasons by a Timber Rattler until #1 is revealed on August 29th. This week: #4
Bobby Livingston 2003
15-7, 2.73 ERA, 26 games started, 178 innings pitched, 176 hits allowed, 54 earned runs allowed, 28 walks, 105 strikeouts
Bobby Livingston joined the Mariners organization as a 4th round pick in the 2001 draft out of Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, Texas. He would sign in mid-August, but not make his professional debut until the following season. He showed outstanding control, especially for a high schooler, with Everett, walking only 14 batters in 80.1 innings while going 6-5 with a 3.02 ERA. He showed he was ready for the challenge of a full season club in 2003.
Livingston would be the opening day starter for the Timber Rattlers in '03. He pitched four innings against Clinton and got a no-decision. Bobby hit his stride in May, going 6-0 with a 1.90 ERA. He notched his team record 14th win on August 17th at Battle Creek. For good measure, Bobby threw a complete game in his last start of the season to record win number fifteen. Even though Bobby's 178 innings are the most in team history, his 28 walks are the fewest by any Rattler that has thrown over 112 innings in a season. His ERA trails only teammate T.A. Fulmer's 2.58. The southpaw did his best work away from Fox Cities Stadium, going 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA. He was one of seven Rattlers to be selected to the Midwest League All Star Game in Comstock, Michigan.
Livingston would go a combined 26-12 over the next two seasons, splitting time the High A, AA, and AAA levels. He would be an All Star in both the California and Texas Leagues. Bobby's Major League debut on April 25th, 2006 didn't go too smooth. Relieving former Timber Rattler Joel Pineiro, he allowed 4 runs in an inning and a third of work. He would only make two more appearances with the Mariners before spending the balance of the season with Tacoma. The Mariners lost Livingston in the offseason on waivers to Cincinnati, where he has split time between the Reds and Triple A Louisville.
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