20. Josh Beckett (10.9)
Josh Beckett was a 6-foot-5, 230 lb. right-handed pitcher from Spring, TX. Born on May 15th, 1980, the Marlins spent their first round choice on him in 1999, second overall off the board.
Just over two years later, Beckett made his major league debut with the 2001 Marlins. He went 2-2 with a 1.50 ERA over four starts, striking out 24 batters in as many innings while surrendering only 14 hits.
In 2002, Beckett started 21 times, appearing in 23 games in total. Over 107 2/3 innings he struck out 113, logging a 1.272 WHIP leading the team with 9.4 K/9. He went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA for the 79-83 ball club.
Beckett started 23 games for the 2003 Marlins in their march to their second World Series Championship. He was 9-8 with a rotation-best 3.04 ERA, with 152 whiffs in 142 innings for a K/9 rate of 9.6 and a 1.324 WHIP. In six postseason appearances, including five starts, he went 2-2 and finished with 47 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. Opponents collected only 21 hits against him, for an oppBA of .145 while he collected his first two major league shutouts. He was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after striking out 19 Yankees and allowing only eight hits and two runs over his two starts, covering 16 1/3 innings.
In 2004, Beckett started 26 contests for the Marlins, and he again led the team in K/9, with a mark of 8.7. He went 9-9 with a 3.79 ERA and a 3.59 FIP and a 1.219 WHIP, helping the Marlins to an 83-79 record.
Beckett’s last season in Florida, 2005, would see him pick up a career-high with 15 wins against eight losses. He posted a 3.38 ERA over 29 starts, with a 1.181 WHIP and 166 whiffs in 178 2/3 innings. With 9.0 K/9, he’s ranked seventh on the Marlins all-time whiff-frequency list, minimum 200 IP.
Following the 2005 season, Beckett was traded with Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota to the Boston Red Sox for Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia, Hanley Ramirez, and Anibal Sanchez. He made the all-star team three times in seven years with Boston, closing out his career with three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.