In April of 1873, he was the #86 prospect.
In 1874, he was #98. Again.
In 1875, he was #61.
What you need to understand here is that there were no minor leagues. Saenz wasn't playing ball for a Texan League affiliate or in the US.
He was riding pine year after miserable year.
That year, once his sudden June/July of dominance wore away, Saenz posted the following statline:
1879: 11-25, 3.21 ERA (95 ERA+), 72 BB / 66 K.
It did not improve later.
1880: 10-25, 3.09 ERA (90 ERA+), 52 BB / 69 K.
1881: 11-30 (yikes), 3.60 ERA (85 ERA+), 62 BB / 64 K.
In 1883, Saenz managed a feat almost no other pitcher, not even the unlucky bastards the #IngenierosRIN shoved onto the mound, had achieved:
- led the league in losses (34);
- posted an ERA above 6.00;
- had a WHIP above 2.00;
- did 155 BB to 56 Ks;
- had a WAR of -4.6.
In the Golden Era of Pitching, that losses/ERA/K/BB ratio would come to be known as a "Reverse Triple Crown."
If you're wondering what a pitcher who manages the rare feat of losing a game in which he only allows three hits looks like, at least in 1884, this is Saenz's current statline:
7.51 ERA (38 ERA+) (¡¡¡!!!)
52 BB / 11 K (0.21 K/BB)
-1.4 WAR (proj. -6.0)
And that's the story of José Saenz, who is in the rare company of LNP pitchers who've thrown a no-hitter, the rarer company of LNP starters who've posted negative WAR seasons, and possibly the only pitcher to have thrown a no-hitter and then led the league in losses.
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