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Doug Creek

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Paul Douglas Creek born March 1, 1969 is a former Major League Baseball pitcher with a nine-year career from 1995 to 1997, 1999 to 2003, and 2005 He played for the St Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs of the National League and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers of the American League He also played one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1998

Contents

  • 1 Amateur
  • 2 Minor leagues
  • 3 St Louis Cardinals
  • 4 San Francisco Giants
  • 5 Hanshin Tigers
  • 6 Chicago Cubs
  • 7 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • 8 Seattle Mariners
  • 9 Toronto Blue Jays
  • 10 Back to the Cardinals
  • 11 Detroit Tigers
  • 12 References
  • 13 External links

Amateur

Creek attended Georgia Tech, and in 1990 he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League[1] Upon being selected in the fifth round of the 1990 MLB draft by the California Angels, Creek opted to not sign with them and go back into the draft pool the following season

Minor leagues

In 1991, he was selected by the St Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the draft and was signed to a deal shortly thereafter After signing a contract with the Cards, Doug Creek bounced around A ball in 1991 and 1992 playing for four teams Hamilton, Savannah, Springfield, and St Petersburg in that span He was used primarily as a starting pitcher with all those teams and after some early career struggles with Hamilton and Savannah in 1991 he started finding his grove upon joining Springfield the following season

Creek registered a career low 258 ERA to go along with his 4-1 won-loss record with the Springfield squad He then continued his strong 1992 pitching with St Petersburg and started all the 13 games he appeared in going 5-4 with a still impressive ERA at 282 After playing in AA and compiling a career record of 18-22 with a 400 ERA as a Double A pitcher Doug had three separate stints playing with the AAA team out of Louisville He usually went between them and Arkansas the AA team that was affiliated with St Louis

St Louis Cardinals

After a solid showing at both the AA and AAA levels the Cardinals decided it was time to see what Creek could offer to their big league team On September 17, 1995, Doug Creek faced the Los Angeles Dodgers for his first taste of big league action He threw one inning and struck out two batters as the Dodgers could not register a hit off Creek He appeared in five more games for St Louis, throwing a total of six innings in six games and did not permit any runs to score After the 1995 year ended he was dealt in the off-season to the San Francisco Giants in a multi-player deal that also sent Rich DeLucia and Allen Watson to the Giants The Cardinals received Royce Clayton and Chris Wimmer in return[2]

San Francisco Giants

Creek tried to pitch well for his new team and the then-27-year-old hurler threw 48 innings and finished the season with a 652 ERA in 63 appearances He also had an 0–2 win-loss record He spent the following season on the Giants AAA team in Phoenix where, in 25 games 18 of them starts, he went 8-6 with 2 complete games and 1 shutout His showing at Triple A in 1997 earned him a quick promotion back to San Francisco He went 1-2 and compiled a 675 ERA, while striking out 14 of the batters he faced

Hanshin Tigers

On November 7, 1997 the Chicago White Sox purchased Creek's contract from the Giants Creek never played for the White Sox as his contract was purchased again less than a month later December 4, 1997, this time by a team in Japan The Hanshin Tigers of the Japan Central League bought his contract from Chicago and Doug went to play out the 1998 baseball season in Japan For the Tigers he split the season between the Central League and Western League teams spending the majority of the campaign with the Western League squad In 17 games 16 starts he went 9-1 with a 216 ERA for the Western League's Hanshin Tigers Creek led the league in earned run average and strikeouts with 101 He was less stellar playing in the Central League though as he went 0–4 with 565 ERA in his 7 appearances

Chicago Cubs

Doug Creek returned from his one-year stint in Japan by signing a contract with the Chicago Cubs on January 29, 1999 He pitched most of the season with Iowa, then the AAA team for the Cubs Doug went 7-3 in 25 games 20 starts and held his ERA to 379 He was also able to pick up a save Chicago decided to call up the southpaw and he struggled in the 6 games he pitched in ending the season with a 1050 ERA

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

On February 1, 2000 the Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed Doug Creek to a contract, and Creek would play out the next two and a half seasons of his MLB career with the cellar-dwelling Devil Rays In 2000, he saw action in 45 games all in relief as he posted a 1-3 mark for Tampa Bay Creek also picked up his first and only career save to go along with his 460 ERA The following season Creek was able to lower his earned run average to a 431 mark as he pitched in a career-high 66 games and had a won-loss record of 2-5 He also threw a career-high 62 innings

Creek spent the first four months of the 2002 regular season on the D-Rays where he appeared in 29 games winning two of them and dropping one His ERA however was at a 627 clip On July 24, 2002, Tampa Bay and the Seattle Mariners consummated a deal that sent Creek to Seattle for cash considerations

Seattle Mariners

Creek played in 23 games for the Mariners going 1-1 with a 491 ERA His 2002 combined totals were 52 games, 3-2 record, 550 IP, and a 582 ERA

Toronto Blue Jays

In October 2002 Creek was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays to be a key member of their bullpen However, things did not go as planned in the 2003 season as Doug pitched just 13 innings in 21 appearances to go along with his 329 ERA for the Jays, as he underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2003

Back to the Cardinals

Creek was then signed in February 2004, returning to the Cardinals With St Louis, he was only used as a reliever in Triple AAA, going 2–1 with a 471 ERA in 33 games for Memphis

Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers signed Creek in January 2005 to add pitching depth to their roster He played on the Tigers' AAA affiliate in Toledo pitching 28 games 1 start as he chalked up a record of 2–2 to go along with an ERA of 461 Unlike in St Louis, Creek was able to crack the lineup and appear in 20 games for the Tigers He threw 22 innings in those 20 games for Detroit, finishing the year with a 685 ERA

References

  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" PDF capecodbaseballorg Retrieved September 25, 2019mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ "Cardinals Get Shortstop" The New York Times AP 15 December 1995 Retrieved 3 June 2010

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference Minors, or Retrosheet, or Pura Pelota Venezuelan Winter League
  • Biography portal
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