Cobb in 2013
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 53
October 7, 1987 |
|May 1, 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.21|
Alexander Miller "Alex" Cobb (born October 7, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). Cobb graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2006.
Cobb was called up to the majors for the first time on May 1, 2011 and made his major league debut that day. He was optioned back to the minors after the game. On May 31, Cobb was recalled back to the majors. On June 7, 2011 Alex Cobb earned his 1st Major League victory while starting for the Rays, Cobb pitched for 61⁄3 innings and the Rays defeated the Angels 4–1 
At the start of the 2012 season Alex Cobb was named the team's fifth starter beating out Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann. On August 23, 2012 Cobb pitched his first career complete game shutout against the Oakland A's .
On May 10, 2013 Alex Cobb struck out all four batters in one inning. He also gave up one run in that inning after the batter stole second base, third base, and was then balked home for the first time in recorded baseball.
Head injury and protective cap endorsement
Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on June 15, 2013. Cobb left the field on a stretcher, and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was reported that Cobb suffered a mild concussion and had a cut on his right ear, while all other scans and tests came back normal, and he would be released the next day. Cobb would miss two months, making his return on August 15.
One year later, Cobb endorsed a product designed to help protect young ball players from similar injuries: the isoBLOX padded cap insert. The insert, a skull cap which fits underneath adjustable or stretch caps, is based on the same technology Major League Baseball approved for on-field use in January 2014.
“If boys and girls start wearing protective inserts, it will become second nature for them when they’re older,” Cobb said. “I want to be a part of the evolution toward introducing this successfully at the big league level and I think the best way to do it is by starting at youth ages,” he said. “My optimism is through the roof. The biggest thing is to further the process for technology to catch up, where we can wear it without altering mechanics or comfort—this is the best step.”
Cobb throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball averaging about 90 mph, a curveball in the upper 70s, and a splitter in the mid 80s. More than half of his pitches with 2 strikes are splitters. He tends to throw more four-seamers and splitters to right-handed hitters, but batters from both sides of the plate see a fair amount of all of his pitches.
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- Marc Topkin (August 15, 2013). "Rays rout Mariners in Cobb's return". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- William Weinbaum (January 28, 2014). "Pitchers' protective caps approved". ESPN. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- William Weinbaum (June 9, 2014). "Alex Cobb to endorse padded insert". ESPN. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Alexander Cobb". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Meet Alex Cobb’s fiance Kelly Reynolds". February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Alex Cobb getting married!". February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)