UT pitcher Corey Knebel hurls the ball during action from the game between Texas and Baylor in Austin in May of 2012. (Alberto Mart’nez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Corey Knebel on verge of breaking record to start MLB season

Posted June 21st, 2017

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Former Longhorns pitcher and current Milwaukee Brewer, Corey Knebel, is on the verge of breaking a pitching record set in 2014 by Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds.

Knebel can break the record for consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout to start the season in his next appearance. Chapman holds the record for consecutive relief appearances with one or more strikeouts overall. He fanned at least one batter in 49 straight games from Aug. 21, 2013 to Aug. 13, 2014.

Knebel was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the 39th overall pick in June of 2013. He made his MLB debut in 2014 before being traded to the Texas Rangers two months later. He was traded to the Brewers in January of 2015.

Knebel’s pitched 36 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 0.98 this season. He has 64 strikeouts and 11 saves so far.

As a Longhorn, Knebel finished 10-11 with 180 strikeouts in 169 1/3 innings. He had a career ERA of 2.07 at Texas and opponents hit just .175 against the Georgetown High product.

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