Mark Willoughby

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Mark Nelson Willoughby

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mark Willoughby pitched for five seasons in the minors then became a scout.

Willoughby was picked by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 1985 amateur draft. He debuted that summer with the Kingsport Mets, going 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA and 35 walks in 44 innings. At the plate, he went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He tied for 10th in the Appalachian League in both losses and walks. In 1986, he was 1-3 with a 5.35 ERA for the Columbia Mets, issuing 30 walks in 33 2/3 innings. He was 1 for 8 with a walk, double and two runs. He pitched 17 games for Kingsport in 1987 with no decisions and a 4.34 ERA; control remained poor with 22 walks in 18 2/3 IP. With the 1988 GCL Mets, he posted a 0-2, 5.95 record. He ended up with the 1989 Pittsfield Mets, going 2-1 with a save and a 2.10 ERA. Overall, he was 4-11 with a save and a 4.56 ERA in 71 games (16 starts) as a pro, walking 113 and allowing 141 hits in 146 innings while striking out 118.

Willoughby later scouted for the Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins. He signed Blake Anderson, Ryan Bukvich, Chris Coghlan, Dusty Hughes and Austin Nola.