Knuckles Malone is an American professional baseball pitcher who plays for the Toronto Nomads in the Bull League's Lake League (LL). He made his major-level debut in 2015, joining the Nomads as an amateur free agent.
Knuckles Malone was signed as an amateur free agent in June of 2015, mainly on his reputation as a solid knuckleball pitcher. The team was unsure of his abilities at the pro level, and signed him to just a one-year contract initially, worth $7.5 million.
After a successful first season, in which he won the LL Rookie of the Year Award after going 7-4, with a 1.80 ERA, and allowing just 82 hits over 120.1 innings, he was quickly signed to a 2 year extension.
He was named to the LL All-Star team in his first two seasons, but could not play in 2016 due to an injury he suffered in late June, when he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus.
At the end of 2016, he signed a whopping 9-year contract extension worth nearly $225 million.
Malone earned his first complete game shutout against Battle Creek Attack on June 25, 2015, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 15 batters. He shut out Battle Creek again on August 25, 2015. He finished 2015 with four complete game shutouts, tying a Bull League single season record.
He had three more shutouts in 2016 before becoming injured in June, missing the rest of the season., where he went 1.0 innings, allowing one walk and striking out two batters.