Mar 7, 2015

Mid Nineties Mets Pitcher Born In Orange County, NY: Dave Telgheder (1993-1995)

David William Telgheder was born on November 11th, 1966 in Middletown New York. The six three right handed pitcher, attended the University of Amherst in Massachusetts. In 1989 he was a long shot 31st round pick of the New York Mets. He spent a long eight year career in the minor leagues before reaching the majors.

At the A Ball level in 1990 he won 18 games (1-7) between Columbia & St. Lucie. In 1991 he was promoted to AA Williamsport where he went 13-11 with a 3.60 ERA. He reached the AAA level with Tidewater in their final season in 1992, then moved over to the Norfolk Tides. He pitched there for three seasons making to the Mets big league team in June 1993. 

Telgheder made his MLB debut on June 12th, finishing off a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea. On June 21st he got his first start, & pitched five innings, allowing two runs in a 8-3 win over the Montreal Expos at home. On June 29th he entered an extra inning game in the 10th inning in Florida, earning the win as Tim Bogar hit a sac fly scoring Jeremy Burnitz. On July 3rd he bested his record to 3-0, as he pitched eight innings against the San Francisco Giants, allowing three runs in the 6-3 Mets win. He lost his next start, getting pounded for eight runs on eleven hits to the L.A. Dodgers. 

 In September he got three more wins, in the final weeks & a half of the season. He beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh on September 21st & then beat the Montreal Expos at Shea, in an eight inning performance on September 26th. On October 1st he then pitched eight shutout innings to earn a win over the Marlins in Florida. He surprised everyone, putting up the best winning percentage by far of anyone on the staff (.750%). He was third on the club in wins (6) going 6-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games. 

 He began the 1994 season on the Mets staff, making just six relief appearances taking a loss in Los Angeles for his only decision. His ERA was at 7.20 allowing eight earned runs in ten innings by April 23rd & was sent back to AAA Norfolk. 

In 1995 he returned to the Mets in early August. On August 23rd he made a start against the Giants at Shea & took a loss, allowing three runs over six innings. On September 16th, he pitched the first five innings of a 10-8 Mets win over the Phillies, earning his only win of the year. He went 1-2 with a 5.61 ERA for the second place Mets (69-75). He was granted free agency & signed with the Oakland A's. 

In 1996 he was used as a starter in Oakland going 4-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 16 games. He was 4-6 the next season & then pitched just eight games in the A's 1998 season. He signed with the Cleveland Indians but never made it back to the majors. In His six year career he was 15-19 with one shut out & a 5.23 ERA in 81 games. He had 158 strike outs with 103 walks in 311 innings. 

Retirement: After his playing days he became a teacher & baseball coach in Slate Hill, New York at Minisink Valley High School. He is currently the schools assistant Principal. Telgheder is also a color commentator for the local Hudson Valley Renegades.

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