Mike McCoy (baseball)
|Toronto Blue Jays|
April 2, 1981 |
San Diego, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 9, 2009 for the Colorado Rockies|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||20|
Michael Howard McCoy (born April 2, 1981) is a Major League Baseball utility player in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He bats and throws right-handed. In his career, he has played every position, with the exception of catcher and first base.
Early life 
McCoy attended Grossmont High School in El Cajon, California before playing for the San Diego Toreros baseball team from 2000-2002. As a junior McCoy led the Toreros in doubles (16) and stolen bases (26), helping USD capture the 2002 West Coast Conference title.
Professional career 
McCoy was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 34th round (1,032nd overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. The infielder logged time at all three levels of the minors during his six-year run in the Cardinals system, capturing an Appalachian League All-Star nod for Johnson City in 2002 and leading Springfield in stolen bases (30) in 2006.
McCoy hit .307 with five triples, 102 runs and 40 steals for the Sky Sox. On September 8, 2009 he was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox and debuted in MLB one day later on September 9 against the Cincinnati Reds. Over the 2009-2010 offseason he was designated for assignment, and was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He made their 2010 opening day roster, appearing in 46 games. In 2011 he made the opening day roster for the second season in a row.
On June 11, 2011, McCoy made his first major league pitching appearance (he also pitched 3.2 innings in a minor league game in 2009) in a 16–4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, throwing a perfect 9th inning. His repertoire appeared to include a fastball topping out at 86 mph, a changeup, a curveball, and a knuckleball at low 60's to mid 70's. McCoy became the fifth position player to pitch for the Blue Jays, with the last being Frank Menechino on August 28, 2004. He was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 23 to make room for Eric Thames on the 40 man roster.
On May 29, 2012, McCoy was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Eric Thames was sent down to make room for McCoy. McCoy was returned to Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on June 25. McCoy was called up to the Jays on August 11 after Colby Rasmus tweaked his groin for the second time that month.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)