Joe Musgrove – RHP
A first-round pick of the Blue Jays back in 2011, right-hander Joe Musgrove was predicted to be one of the future rotation members for Toronto when they selected him out of Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California. Fast forward a year later and he was included in the trade package at the deadline that saw LHP J.A. Happ and two relievers heading to Toronto with Musgrove heading to the Astros.
He would make his MLB debut with the Astros in 2016 and spent two seasons with Houston before being moved in the 2018/2019 offseason to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of the Gerrit Cole trade package. After two seasons there, Musgrove would be on the move again, this time to the San Diego Padres.
It was with the Padres, his hometown and favourite team growing up in California, that he really hit his stride, pitching to a 3.18 ERA through 181.1 innings in the 2021 campaign, adding two complete game shutouts to his resume. Those stats only improved in 2022, as the right-hander appeared in 30 games and amassed a 2.93 ERA through 181.0 innings. These two strong seasons earned him a five-year contract extension worth $100 million, so hopefully, Musgrove isn’t being traded anytime soon.
The 29-year-old has three starts this postseason, pitching an incredible seven scoreless innings in a pivotal game 3 during the NL Wild Card against the Mets that even featured an ear check by the umpires. Musgrove followed that with a stellar outing in the NLDS against the Dodgers, limiting them to six hits and two runs through six innings of work.
His most recent outing last night against the Phillies saw him get tagged for four runs through 5.2 innings, with the Padres losing and falling to 1-2 in the series.