- Michael Gary Abarbanel
Michael Gary Abarbanel is a retired
minor league baseball pitcherwho went 28-20 in his career. He was drafted in the third round (57th overall) by the Chicago White Soxin the 1965 amateur draft.
In his debut 1966, he led the
Midwest Leaguewith 206 strikeouts while pitching for the Fox Cities Foxesat the age of 22. He was 13-4 with a 2.25 ERA. The next year, Abarbanel went 7-6 with a 2.41 ERA for the Evansville White Soxand 1-2 with a 10.50 ERA for the Indianapolis Indiansin his AAA debut. At Evansville, he allowed only one home run and 51 hits in 86 innings, but walked 56. In 12 innings in Indianapolis, he allowed 15 hits, 13 walks and 16 runs but did strike out 14. At the plate, he was 3 for 5 for the Indians.
In 1968, the left-hander was 6-4 with a 3.60
ERAfor Evansville, pitching 13 games. He allowed 53 hits in 75 innings and fanned 67 but walked 51. He tied six other hurlers for the Southern League lead with 3 shutouts. He split his final year between the Tucson Toros (0-2, 10.80, 5 BB, 6 H, 6 K, 2 WP in 5 IP) and Appleton Foxes (1-0, 1.38, 5 H, 10 BB, 18 K in 13 IP). Given his career path of a limited number of games started in each of his last three years, injuries would seem to have been a problem.
After his professional career ended, he co-founded the
Tampa Mustangsin 1980, a youth softballorganization. The Mustangs are the largest fast-pitch softball organization in Florida as of 2007.
Abarbanel lived in
Lutz, Floridaat last check. He is a relative of the Abravanelfamily.
* Bats Both, Throws Left
* Height 5' 11", Weight 183 lb.
December 10, 1945in Jersey City, NJ USA
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