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AMONG THE BEST

Published May 26, 2004|Updated Aug. 28, 2005

Jesuit High has been a pitcher's paradise for years. Future major-leaguers Brad Radke and Marc Valdes, along with first-round draft picks Geoff Goetz and Sam Marsonek (not to mention Troy Carrasco, who was picked in the third round in 1993) all were on the mound at Paul Straub Field. Here's a brief look at how Mike Branham's numbers match up.

+ This season Branham averages 2.01 strikeouts per inning. During the senior year in which he was drafted sixth overall in the major league draft, Goetz averaged 1.79 strikeouts.

+ Marsonek's senior year ERA was 1.02. Branham enters tonight's game with a 0.88 ERA. Radke holds the school record of 0.31 for a season.

+ The school record for strikeouts in a game is 18, held by Carrasco and Ryan Gloger who, like Branham, is a Citrus Park Little League product. Branham reached 16 twice this season and had 15 once. In one of those 16-strikeout games, Justin Menendez hit a grand slam, ending the game because of the 10-run rule and causing Branham to not pitch the final inning.

+ The school record for strikeouts in a season is 186. Branham has 160.

+ In a 1996 region final against Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, Marsonek struck out 13 and didn't allow a run until the seventh inning. In his two regional tournament appearances, Branham struck out a total of 26 and held both opponents scoreless.

_ Compiled by Mike Readling.

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