Choate at Opening Day for the St. Louis Cardinals, 2013
|St. Louis Cardinals – No. 36|
September 5, 1975 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|July 1, 2000 for the New York Yankees|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.84|
|Career highlights and awards|
Choate was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas, and was a letterman in baseball. He then attended Florida State University, where he was a 3rd team College All-American in 1996 and a 2nd team College All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference All-Star in 1997.
New York Yankees
Choate was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 1997 MLB Draft and made his professional debut with the Class-A Oneonta Yankees later that season. He split 1998 between the Greensboro Bats and the Tampa Yankees and spent all of 1999 with Tampa before being promoted to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2000.
Choate made his Major League debut on July 1, 2000, as a member of the New York Yankees, retiring the only batter he faced, in a 6–1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field. In his 22 games for the Yankees that year, Choate had a record of 0–1 with a 4.76 ERA. After a career best 3–1 record with 3.35 ERA in 2001, Choate was less effective in 2002 and 2003, playing in just 23 games with a 6.23 ERA. He also spent considerable time in the minors with Columbus.
Choate was traded by the Yankees to the Montreal Expos (with Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera) for Javier Vázquez on December 16, 2003. However, the Expos then traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 27 for pitcher John Patterson. Choate appeared in 74 games for the Diamondbacks (the most number of games by a left-handed pitcher in Diamondbacks history and the 4th-highest by any pitcher in franchise history), achieving a 2–4 record with a 4.62 ERA.
In 2005 and 2006, Choate played in 90 games. However, he played a vast majority of the 2006 season with Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders, playing a key role in the bullpen, by helping them win the Pacific Coast League championship.
Choate later signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on January 9, 2007, but chose to become a free agent on March 24 after being reassigned to a minor league camp three days earlier. He signed a minor league contract to return to the Diamondbacks in April 2007, and was assigned to Tucson. The Diamondbacks purchased his contract from Tucson on June 26, 2007, but he made only two appearances before he was designated for assignment on June 28.
On November 14, 2007, the Milwaukee Brewers signed him to a one-year contract. During spring training 2008, Choate broke a bone in his left hand. In mid-June, he began his rehab assignment in the minors. He pitched for the first time in the 2008 season for the High-A Brevard County Manatees. He was next moved up to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. On July 10, Choate was sent outright to the minors. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Tampa Bay Rays
He signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 6, 2009. Choate earned his first career save on May 29, 2009 for the Rays against the Minnesota Twins. In two seasons with the Rays, he was 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 146 games.
On December 15, 2010, Choate agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Florida Marlins. He was 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 98 games over the next season and a half with the Marlins.
From September 10, 2010 to June 12, 2012 Choate allowed 1 or fewer hits per appearance (97 consecutive appearances).
Los Angeles Dodgers
Choate was traded along with Hanley Ramírez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 25, 2012, in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough. With the Dodgers, he appeared in 36 games and had a 4.05 ERA in 13.1 innings of work.
St. Louis Cardinals
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- "Cardinals agree to deal with lefty Choate: Veteran fills role of second southpaw in 'pen, allowing Rzepczynski to be more flexible". MLB.com. December 7, 2012.
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