John Andrew Charles Kucek (born June 8, 1953) is an American former professional baseball player. A former pitcher, he appeared in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays, working in 59 MLB games pitched over seven seasons (1974–1980). Kucek threw and batted right-handed; he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg).
After graduating from Miami University in 1974, he was selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft. Kucek quickly worked his way up from the Class A Appleton Foxes to the Major Leagues, and made his White Sox debut on August 8, 1974 as a reliever against the California Angels.
Kucek played most of the next four seasons for minor league affiliates of the White Sox, but was occasionally called up to play for the Major League team. He was traded to the Phillies a few games into the 1979 season for Jim Morrison. Kucek played the majority of the 1979 season for the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers, and was released in December of the same year. Less than a month later, in January 1980, he was signed by the Blue Jays. Kucek split time between the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs and the Blue Jays. In 1981, however, Kucek spent the entire year in the minor league system, and retired after the season.
Of Kucek's 59 MLB appearances, 27 were starts. In 2052⁄3 innings pitched, he allowed 232 hits and 111 bases on balls. He compiled 121 strikeouts and earned two saves in relief.
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