- Both pitched for the Harrisonburg Turks in 2012.
- Both were 2014 draft picks- Cochran-Gill in the 17th round by Seattle, and Kraft was the last Valley League alum to be drafted, in the 37th round by Toronto.
- Both are pitching in the Northwest League at the moment, after first pitching in the Appalachian League. Cochran-Gill started in Pulaski and was called up to Everett (joining James Alfonso (Front Royal 2012) and Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012), two other VBL alums), while Kraft started in Bluefield and was called up to Vancouver (joining Ryan McBroom, who played for Haymarket in 2011 and 2012).
- Both of their heights are listed as less than 6 feet (Cochran-Gill 5-10; Kraft 5-11). (They pitch with opposite hands, though- Kraft is a lefty)
- The biggest similarity, though, and to be honest, the most exciting one, is that both players have allowed only 1 earned run each in their pro careers so far- they are dominating the opposition! (You know what else is weird? Cochran-Gill gave up his first earned run on August 11th, and Kraft gave his up on August 13th. Not exactly the same day, but pretty close!)
Cochran-Gill’s stats look like this: 3-0, 0.33 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 9 saves, 16 hits, 4 walks, 35 K’s in 27 2/3 innings.
Kraft’s? 3-0, 0.39 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 2 saves, 10 hits, 11 walks, 24 K’s in 23 innings.
Look at that! Both have won 3 games. Both of their ERA’s are under 0.40. Both WHIPs are under 1.00. Both have more strikeouts than innings pitched.
I don’t know how long these two will continue walking side by side, but if they continue to pitch like this, they will continue to move up the minor league chain.
Well done, guys!