July 1, 2010: Tonight's Starting Pitcher

NOTE: This was originally scheduled to be Kyle Heckathorn and the post was already posted. Just learned that Heckathorn is being skipped today. NOTHING WRONG! JUST BEING SKIPPED! GEEZ! I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition.

Anyway, Jake Odorizzi is your starter tonight.

: Selected by Milwaukee as a supplemental 1st round pick (32nd overall) in the 2008 draft out of Highland (IL) High School.

LAST SEASON: Odorizzi made 12 appearances (10 starts) for the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League. He was 1-4 with a 4.40 ERA and struck out 43 while walking nine over 47 innings pitched.

LAST START: Odorizzi beat Clinton on June 16 at Alliant Energy Field. He allowed an unearned run on four hits over five innings with a walk and five strikeouts in a 7-2 Wisconsin victory.

HIGHLAND HIGH: Odorizzi was 14-0 with three saves in his senior season with the Bulldogs. He allowed one earned run over 89-1/3 innings pitched to put up an ERA of 0.08 and struck out 146 batters while walking just six in his final season as a Bulldog and helped lead the team to its first ever Class 3A State Championship.

AWARDS: In his senior season, Odorizzi was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois; a Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-American; a Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American; and a member of USA Today’s All-USA Team.

ALL-STAR ACTION: Odorizzi faced one batter in the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game on June 22. He struck out Danny Payne of the Fort Wayne TinCaps for the second out of the inning.

NOT IN THE CARDS: Odorizzi had committed to playing baseball and football at the University of Louisville before signing with the Brewers.

IN THE RANKINGS: Baseball America rated Odorizzi as the #2 prospect in the Pioneer League after the 2009 season. The publication placed him at #9 in the Brewers organization heading into the 2010 season.

BREWERS CAREER: In 23 games (14 starts) before this season, Odorizzi was 2-6 with a 4.12 ERA. He had walked 18 and struck out 62 in 67-2/3 innings as a Brewers farmhand before this season.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: In five starts (and one relief appearance) by Odorizzi, the game has gone into extra innings.

VS. BURLINGTON: Odorizzi has two starts against the Bees this season. On April 16 at Community Field, he tossed five no-hit innings, walked one, and struck out eight for the win. On June 26 at Time Warner Cable Field, Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings and allowed four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts.

INNINGS PITCHED: 7.0 (5/25 @Kane County)
STRIKEOUTS: 10 (6/26/10 v. Burlington)

............2010 DAY-BY-DAY
4/11..CLN...Save..4.0 1 0 0..1..4 0.00
4/16..@BUR*.Win...5.0 0 0 0..1..8 0.00
4/21..CR*.........4.0 3 2 2..3..7 1.50
4/28..@PEO..Loss..2.0 5 4 3..0..1 3.21
5/3...@BEL*.......3.0 3 5 4..5..5 4.76
5/14+.BEL*........6.0 3 1 1..2..6 3.77
..PEO*........5.0 6 4 4..2..6 4.28
..@KC*..Win...7.0 5 0 0..2..7 3.54
..@CR*........6.0 5 2 2..1..8 3.47
...@LC.........3.0 5 3 3..1..4 3.81
..BG*.........4.0 4 4 3..4..0.4.02
..@CLN*.Win...5.0 4 1 0..1..5 3.68
..BUR...Win...6.0 4 0 0..0.10 3.34

+-Second game of a doubleheader

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