Kevin Correia is a good name to guess for a lot of reasons. The first is that he pitched for six teams. However, Correia is far from one of the most popular names in baseball during his era and is also one of the lesser remembered Pittsburgh Pirates all-stars from the early-2010s.
Throughout his career, Corriea pitched to a 4.62 ERA, 4.53 FIP, and 1.43 WHIP in 13 seasons, and 1428 innings. Correia served as both a swingman and a starter throughout his career. Of his 358 games, 221 were starts. Correia wasn’t much of a strikeout pitcher with a strikeout rate of just 14.6%. But he did have a solid 7.6% walk rate and 1.1 HR/9.
So what makes Correia a good guess for the rarity score? Even though Correia played on so many teams, few remember the stints he had because they were so short. For example, you probably don’t remember Correia’s tenure with the Phillies or the Dodgers. Both lasted fewer than 25 innings. Correia may have pitched two seasons with the Padres, but they were mostly uneventful years. Even in his two years with the Pirates, one of which he made the All-Star Game (2011), Correia was far from the team’s ace, or even their most popular pitcher in those two campaigns.
Even Correia’s six seasons with the San Francisco Giants are mostly obscured. Correia pitched more than 100 innings in just two of those seasons and started more than a dozen games just once. Granted, he was used in a swing-man/long-relief role, but the point still stands. Because of Correia’s long, but mostly forgotten career with multiple teams, he is one good player to guess for Immaculate Grid.