Camilo Pascual

Despite a recurring bad arm and years pitching for bad teams, Pascual was one of the dominant AL right-handers for a decade beginning in the late 1950s. Originally recommended to the Senators by his older brother, Carlos “Big Potato” Pascual, who pitched briefly for the team in 1950, Camilo arrived in Washington in 1954 and spent five seasons struggling to a 28-66 with the hapless team. But his stuff was overpowering when he developed a wicked sidearm curve in 1959 to go with his blazing fastball and sharp control, and he posted a 17-10 record for a last-place club. Two years later the Senators moved to Minnesota and built a powerful lineup. Pascual prospered, going 20-11 and 21-9 seasons in 1962 and 1963. He led the AL in strikeouts for three straight seasons, beginning in 1961. In the second ’61 All-Star Game he pitched three hitless innings and fanned four. He was 9-3 for the pennant-winning Twins in 1965, as arm miseries reduced him to a spot starter. After a trade sent him to the new Washington franchise, he won 25 games over the 1967-68 seasons.