White County alum David Sosebee earns AA promotion, throws reliever ‘no-hitter’

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A familiar face and name is yielding familiar results, in the process earning a promotion within the New York Yankees farm system.

On June 1, David Sosebee, former White County Warriors star pitcher (c/o 2011) received an assignment from the Florida State League’s Tampa Tarpons (A-advanced). The promotion sent him from Tampa to AA Trenton Thunder.

Sosebee’s move immediately paid dividends, as the 24-year-old threw 1.1 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two on Thursday.

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Sosebee’s 2018 season has been nothing short of spectacular. Prior to the callup, he carried a 4-2 record with a microscopic 0.72 ERA with five saves in 18 relief appearances. He totaled 30 strikeouts for Tampa in 25 innings of work, walking only eight.

With the Trenton debut, he’s now lowered his ERA to 0.68, and his WHIP stands at 0.76. WHIP is a statistic that weighs more heavily than ERA as it shows how many walks and hits per inning pitched. 1.2-1.4 represents a decent WHIP, and Sosebee’s is half that.

Over his past ten appearances, dating back to May 2, he’s 3-1 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 15 scoreless frames, allowing only four hits and five walks.

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THE NO-HITTER

So here’s the deal…a no-hitter in baseball, as you know, consists of 27 outs, with or without walks and errors mixed in. 27 outs without giving up a hit. For a reliever, that can span many games.

Beginning on May 22, Sosebee entered in the top of the ninth inning of a 1-1 game at Charlotte. He gave up a single, but recorded a strike-out, throw-out double play, followed by another strikeout to end the inning. In the top of the 10th, a runner started on second base (new Minor League rule for extra inning play). NOTE: The runner does not count toward the pitcher as he is placed there to begin every extra inning.

After a ground-out, he gave up a base hit that scored the runner (again, not charged to Sosebee). Then began the streak. He retired the next two batters on groundouts. Tampa scored two in the bottom of the 10th to win, 3-2, making Sosebee the winning pitcher. In his next appearance on May 25 consisted of three perfect innings, again picking up the win and moving his streak of hitless batters to 11.

On May 29, he went 2.2 innings of hitless ball, moving to 19 outs without a hit. Two games later, May 31, he picked up his third win in his last four games with 1.2 innings of work and no hits, advancing the streak to 24. The next day he received his promotion to Trenton.

More than likely, Sosebee was so locked in he either didn’t even realize he was three outs away from a reliever no-hitter, or was more concerned with making an immediate splash for Trenton in his debut. Either way, his Thunder debut didn’t come until June 7 against Richmond.

He came into the game in the top of the fourth with two outs, and recorded a lineout to his first batter faced as a member of the Thunder. That made 25. He struck out the first batter in the fifth looking. 26. He walked a batter. Then came the moment, and it happened in grand fashion with a swinging strikeout of Aramis Garcia. 27. A reliever’s no-hitter, a feat in which most don’t even recognized has happened or is in progress. But just as difficult, if not more (it happens less often than a single-game traditional no-hitter).

He wasn’t done, retiring the next batter on a fielder’s choice groundout. 28. And counting….make sure to follow David Sosebee as he continues his brilliant 2018 campaign and path to the Majors. SOSEBEE MILB PLAYER PROFILE

At White County, Sosebee hit .386 with 10 HR and 30 RBI as a senior, and had a mind-blowing 10-1 mark on the hill with a 0.63 ERA, striking out 115. He hurled seven complete games and two shutouts, earning the BLITZ Player of the Year award. He also earned it the year prior, as well as a Player of the Week award, by going 7-1 with a 0.76 ERA as a junior, striking out 106 to the tune of a 0.801 WHIP. He also hit .450 that year with 14 RBI. Sosebee is a BLITZ Hall of Fame 2016 inductee.

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