Jun 2, 2016

Mid Nineties Mets Pitcher: Jason Jacome (1994-1995)

Jason James Jacome was born November 24th 1970 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The six foot one left handed pitcher was drafted out of a Tulsa Community College by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1991 draft.

He made his MLB debut on July 2nd, getting a start against that years NL Champion San Diego Padres in Southern California. He took a loss allowing just two runs on eight hits in six innings. On July 7th he got his second start & became the first Met in twenty years to toss a shut out in his second MLB start. That day he blanked the Dodgers in Los Angeles on a six hitter.

His next two starts came at Shea Stadium & he earned two more victories beating the Padres & San Francisco Giants. On July 27th he won his fourth straight game beating the Cards in St. Louis.

The Mets thought maybe they were on to something but it wasn't to be. He lost two of three starts in August and was shut down for the season.

He began 1995 getting a shot in the Mets rotation, his first start was in Colorado where he allowed just two runs in five inning getting no decision in a 8-7 Met loss. His May was terrible as he lost four straight games getting hit for four runs or better in each game.  In July of 1995, the Mets traded him to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later that turned out to be John Carter.

He saw action right away in Kansas City starting 14 games going 4-6 with a 5.36 ERA. The next year he was back in the bullpen but fell to 0-4. Midawy through 1997 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians where he saw action in 21 games going 2-0. In 1998 he pitched at AAA Buffalo getting a September call up where he pitched in one game. In that one game he allowed eight runs on ten hits & saw his ERA balloon to 14.40.

In 1999 & 2000 he played in Japan, pitching for the Yakult Swallows. Jacome never pitched in the majors again although he had signed minor league deals with Arizona, St. Louis, Houston & San Francisco. He would also pitch in the Independent & Mexican Leagues through 2009 as well as the World Cup events.

In a five year career he is 10-18 with a 5.34 ERA striking out 141 batters with 98 walks in 261 innings in 106 appearances (34 starts).

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