Aaron Michael Harang is a professional baseball player from the United States of America. Harang is a starting pitcher who went to the Patrick Henry High School and then to the San Diego State University. In 1996, Harang was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the Amateur Draft, however he decided to go to college and then try for the Major League.
In 1999, he graduated through college and was picked in the 6th round by the Texas Rangers in the 1999 MLB Draft. The following year, Harang was sent out to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Randy Velarde. In two seasons, Harang was used very little although in his 23 appearances, he was picked as a starter on almost all those appearances. However, in 2003, he was traded out later to the Cincinnati Reds along with Joe Valentine in exchange for Jose Guillen.
At the end of the 2004 season, he had a 4.83 ERA with a 10-9 win-loss record. The following year, he had the highest wins for his team with 11. He pitched in 211 innings with 163 strikeouts. In 2006, he had the worst season to the season where he gave away 9 runs in 5 innings. However, he had 7 shutout innings just 11 days later, this against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Harang was at the forefront of the National League with six complete games and 216 strikeouts. His level of consistency was unparalleled in the Reds’ team. He became the 9th player since 1960 to lead the National League in wins and strikeouts in the same season. However, unlike the previous 8 pitchers, there was no Cy Young Award for Harang.
What it did get him was a 4-year, $36.5 million contract with the Reds.
He returned the favour with 10 innings of pitching for the Reds, sending 121 pitches over the plate to become the first Reds player since 1989 to do so. Harang struck out Pedro Martinez to account for his 3000th victim.