New Arrival: Darrell “Bucky” Brandon, p, 1966-1973

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Bucky Brandon was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1959.  He would play in the majors from 1966 to 1973, playing for the Phillies, Red Sox, Pilots and Twins.  He began his career as a starter, but would end as a pen arm.  He would retire with a 28-37 record, 4.04 ERA, 1.408 WHIP over 590 innings.

I wrote to him because of his minor league career, notably his mid-60’s run while in the Houston system.  His 1965 season was really impressive:  207 innings, 147 K’s and 209 hits for a 1.314 WHIP and 13-6 record.

While he might not have found a ton of success in the majors, he was a great innings eater in the minors.  He would pitch 180+ innings five times in his career, and win at least 10 games in six seasons. 

Year Age Tm Lev Aff W L ERA GS IP H BB SO WHIP
1959 18 Salem D- PIT 0 0              
1960 19 Dothan D STL 0 0 7.20   10.0 10 3   1.300
                           
1962 21 Modesto C HOU 9 5 3.35 14 110.0 90 55 94 1.318
1963 22 Durham A HOU 14 6 3.26 29 196.0 156 95   1.281
1964 23 San Antonio AA HOU 15 7 3.25 23 180.0 160 77 103 1.317
1965 24 Oklahoma City AAA HOU 13 6 3.30 29 207.0 209 63 147 1.314
                           
1968 27 Louisville AAA BOS 13 11 3.32 26 190.0 173 49 132 1.168
1969 28 3 Teams AAA MIN,CHW 10 6 3.09 19 140.0 140 43 102 1.307
1969 28 Denver AAA MIN 4 2 3.17 7 54.0 61 20 36 1.500
1969 28 Vancouver AAA                    
1969 28 Vancouver, Tucson AAA CHW 6 4 3.03 12 86.0 79 23 66 1.186
1969 28 Tucson AAA CHW                  
1970 29 Tucson AAA CHW 15 10 3.91 28 214.0 211 83 167 1.374
                           
1973 32 Eugene AAA PHI 1 1 4.50 0 18.0 13 10 17 1.278
1974 33 Toledo AAA PHI 8 9 2.97 5 91.0 88 40 65 1.407
11 Seasons     98 61 3.39 173 1356.0 1250 518 827 1.304
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/29/2013.
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