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A look back at former Anglers in the 2022 MLB Playoffs

by Anish Vasudevan, 11-27-2022

A look back at former Anglers in the 2022 MLB Playoffs

The MLB playoffs finished almost a month ago with the Houston Astros winning their second World Series in six years. Former Chatham player Jeremy Peña was named World Series MVP after winning ALCS MVP honors the round prior, though a handful of former Anglers found success in the postseason this year.

Here’s a look at how those players fared in this year’s postseason:

Jeremy Peña (Chatham ’17)

Peña etched himself in history with a stellar rookie campaign. Along with a World Series win, he became the first rookie shortstop to win a Gold Glove award. He also became the first rookie shortstop to hit a home run in the World Series, capping off a three-hit, two-RBI showing in Houston’s Game 3 win over Philadelphia. He finished 10-for-25 (.400) in the Fall Classic.

James Karinchak (Chatham ’16)

Karinchak didn’t give up any runs as a reliever for Cleveland, helping it sweep the Rays before the Guardians were bounced out of contention by the Yankees. In five innings, Karinchak gave up three hits. The righty struck out 62 batters in 39 innings while pitching to a 2.08 ERA over 38 appearances in the regular season.

Collin McHugh (Chatham ’07)

McHugh was the oldest Chatham alum to make an appearance in the playoffs, coming out of the bullpen for Atlanta. The Braves fell to the Phillies in the NLDS, and McHugh allowed three hits and one run in two appearances against Philadelphia. The right-hander recorded a 2.60 ERA through 58 games in the regular season, striking out 75 batters in 69.1 innings.

Andre Pallante (Chatham ’17-18)

Pallante pitched 0.2 innings in the Cardinals’ Wild Card series loss to the Phillies, giving up two runs on two hits. Palante made 10 starts in the regular season, finishing with a 3.17 ERA before coming out of the bullpen in the playoffs. He struck out 15 batters in 15 innings in his first season with Chatham.

Alek Manoah (Chatham ’18)

Manoah struggled as Toronto’s Game 1 starter in its Wild Card series against the Mariners, giving up four runs and four hits in 5.2 innings. His regular season ERA was the third-lowest in the American League among qualified pitchers, punching out 180 batters in 51 games. Manoah finished with a 2.70 ERA in one regular season with the Anglers, striking out 48 batters.

Whit Merrifield (Chatham ’09)

Merrifield went 1-for-3 in Toronto’s Game 1 loss to the Mariners in the Wild Card series before going 0-for-2 in Game 2. He was moved to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in August and hit 281 in 44 games with Toronto. He notched 16 hits in a month of play with the Anglers.