100 Worst: No. 95 Amaury Telemaco

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 12, 2010

Pitcher, 1996-98

6-11, 5.36 ERA with Cubs

(Editor's Note: Sixth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)

"When the ball hits the street after flying 500 feet, that's Amaury!" is what my friends and I used to sing whenever Amaury Telemaco would pitch for the Cubs.

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Telemaco, who appeared in 25 games and made 17 starts for the Cubs as a rookie in 1996, allowed a whopping 20 home runs in just 97 1/3 innings.

The 22-year-old Dominican right-hander was called up by the Cubs on May 16, 1996 to start against the Houston Astros and made an instant splash by allowing just one hit in seven shutout innings. But it turned out to be the pinnacle of Telemaco's career.

Telemaco's penchant for giving up homers - he served up seven over three straight starts in late July and early August - led to his demotion to the bullpen in September. He finished his rookie campaign with a 5-7 record and 5.46 ERA.

Telemaco spent much of the 1997 season at Triple A Iowa and was 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA in 10 major league appearances.

He was 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Cubs in 1998 before being claimed on waivers by the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks on May 15.

He went on to pitch with the Philadelphia Phillies and completed a nine-year big league career in 2005. His career totals included 23 wins, 35 losses, and a 4.94 ERA.

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