4. Mark Hutton: July 23, 1993
Signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1998, Mark Hutton was a hulking six-foot-six, 240-pound right-hander who, on July 23, 1993, became the first Australian-born pitcher to start an MLB game.
Armed with a fastball that reached 97 MPH on the radar gun, Hutton overpowered and befuddled the then-California Angels in the Bronx. The hulking Aussie would toss eight innings of three-hit ball, allowing two runs (one earned) with five strikeouts. Like Irabu, however, his command was an issue, as he walked four.
Still, Hutton did enough to limit the damage for the Yankees to pick up a 5-2 victory at home.
After the game, Hutton explained the odd feeling of being a rookie in the big leagues. “I can’t believe what’s happening to me,” he told Richard Weekes of the Independent. “I’ve won my first major league game and I’ve got to go back to the hotel now with no one to share it with.”
He’d appear in just 20 more games for the Yankees before being traded to the then-Florida Marlins at the 1996 trade deadline for reliever David Weathers.