By Zane Miller
In the 38-season long history of the Beloit Snappers, the team has gone 2 for 5 in championship finals appearances, to go along with making 15 postseason appearances in total. As of this writing, Beloit’s best regular season record came in 1995 at 88-51, while their worst came in 2019 at 54-84. These are the top five single seasons by starting pitchers that I felt have stood out the most during the team history of the Snappers.
In total, the team has won two championships, coming in 1995 and 2000. The Snappers were previously known as the Beloit Brewers from their first season in 1982 to 1994.
5. Yohan Pino (2006)
Pino went 14-2 during the 2006 season with the Snappers, pitching a total of 94 innings while allowing just four home runs, 20 earned runs and 69 hits for a 1.91 ERA on the season. Beloit claimed a record of 74-64, allowing the team to qualify for the 2006 playoffs and defeat the Peoria Chiefs two games to one in the first round, before losing to the Kane County Cougars in the second round. Pino would make his major league debut in 2014 with the Minnesota Twins.
4. Larry Carter (1991)
The 260th overall pick in the 1986 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of West Virginia State took a record of 14-3 with the Brewers in 1991, pitching 130 and two-thirds innings while allowing six home runs, 46 earned runs and 142 hits to earn a 3.17 ERA. Despite this, Beloit finished at 70-67, missing the 1991 playoffs. Carter would make his major league debut in 1992 with the San Francisco Giants.
3. Jason Wheeler (2012)
The 268th overall pick of the 2011 draft by the Minnesota Twins out of Loyola Marymount claimed a 14-6 showing in 2012 with the Snappers, going 156 and two-thirds innings with 12 home runs, 60 earned runs and 175 hits given up for a 3.45 ERA. Beloit went 77-63 to qualify for the 2012 playoffs, losing in the first round two games to one to the Clinton LumberKings. Wheeler would make his major league debut in 2017 with the Twins.
2. Jim Cole (1994)
The 767th overall pick of the 1993 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Mercer went 18-5 in 1994 with Beloit, pitching 173 and a third innings and allowing 14 home runs, 64 earned runs and 177 hits to score a 3.32 ERA. However, the Brewers went 76-64 on the year and were unable to reach the 1994 playoffs.
1. Chris Bosio (1984)
The 44th overall pick of the 1982 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Sacramento City College scored an impressive 17-6 record with Beloit, going 181 innings while allowing 12 home runs, 55 earned runs and 159 hits, picking up a 2.73 ERA. The Brewers took advantage of this performance, going 86-53 to reach the 1984 playoffs, before losing in the first round two games to none to the Springfield Cardinals. Bosio would make his major league debut in 1986 with the Brewers.
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