Kim Jessop

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  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 207 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Kim Jessop was an Olympic pitcher.

Jessop pitched for the Australian national team in the 1980 Amateur World Series, 1982 Amateur World Series and 1988 Olympics. When the Australian Baseball League was formed in 1989-1990, the veteran joined his hometown Brisbane Bandits. He went 3-4 with a 4.06 ERA though he walked 42 in 75 1/3 IP. He pitched 17 games, tying for third in the ABL. In 1990-1991, he fell to 3-2, 7.09 with a save and .364 opponent average.

Kim went 9-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 1991-1992, though opponents still hit .327. He was second in the ABL in wins, trailing Adrian Meagher. He pitched six complete games, tying Graeme Lloyd and Donne Wall for second behind Phil Dale. In 1992-1993, he was 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA, tying Carlos Reyes, David White and Meagher for the most starts (14). He had a strong campaign in the 1993-1994 ABL at 5-4, 2.79 with just a .245 average. His 20 games pitched were one shy of leader Ross Jones. That was his last big year, though, as the 35-year-old fell to 2-3, 6.25 in 1994-1995 to end his career.

Overall, Jessop had gone 26-24 with a save, 4.52 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 97 ABL games (52 starts). He later was a TV commentator and General Manager of the Queensland Rams.

Primary Source: Flintoff & Dunn Australian Baseball Almanac