Theodore Szemplenski was only in organized ball for three season, and never advanced past A-ball. But in 1963 there were few pitchers more impressive in pro ball.
Szemplenski would pitch for two teams in 1963, the Winston-Salem Red Sox and Statesville Owls, both Class A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox. Between the two teams, Szemplenski would pitch 231 innings, allowing 208 hits, walking 109 and striking out an amazing 323 batters. Impressive numbers, and there was no reason to think that the 21 year old Szemplenski would not have a great career in baseball.
Unfortunately, baseball in 1963 was still not really big on pitch counts or inning limits…and a 21 year old pitching 231 innings is not a great for long term arm health. In 1964 those innings caught up to him, with a 6.11 ERA/1.657 WHIP in 137 innings. 1965 was not much better, with a 4.94 ERA/1.774 WHIP in only 31 innings pitched. He would never pitch another season.
|1963||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A||BOS||14||11||2.81||35||30||231.0||208||109||323||1.372|
|1964||22||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A||BOS||8||12||5.45||31||20||137.0||141||86||108||1.657|
|All Levels (3 Seasons)||23||23||3.88||80||51||399.0||379||220||458||1.501|