At a very young age – just 22 – Mark Buehrle was the workhorse of a major league pitching staff. He won 16 games for the Chicago White Sox as a 22-year old, and then proceeded to pitch at least 200 innings, make at least 30 starts, and win at least 10 games every season for the next 10 years.
Buehrle is a big, barrel-chested, strong-legged left-hander from Missouri. One of the best steals of recent years, he was not picked by any team until the Sox nabbed him in the 38th round in 1998. He has gone on to pitch more innings than any other player selected in any round of that amateur draft, and only C.C. Sabathia has won more games than Buehrle.
In 2005, Buehrle led the American League in innings pitched as he anchored a staff that led the ChiSox into the post-season. In the second game of the ALCS against the Angels, Buehrle tossed a complete game, 2-1 victory that proved to be the first of eight straight wins for the Pale Hose as they won the World Series.
From May of 2004 to August of 2005, the lefty went at least six innings in 49 consecutive starts. As of mid-July of 2012, he has never been on the disabled list and never had a sore arm. Buehrle is not a strikeout pitcher – he pitches to contact – and he’s led the AL in hits allowed several times. But he is still stingy and a winner. In 2007 he tossed a no-hitter, then on July 23, 2009, he pitched a perfect game against the Tanpa Bay Rays. It was the 18th perfect game in baseball history and his second no-hitter.
Prior to the 2012 season he inked a four-year contract with the Miami Marlins, following his longtime Chicago manager (Ozzie Guillen) to the National League.
Buehrle is one of the fastest working pitchers in the game and is also an excellent fielder – he’s won three Gold Glove Awards.