Zach McAllister

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Zach McAllister
Zach McAllister on June 28, 2012.jpg
Cleveland Indians – No. 34
Pitcher
Born: (1987-12-08) December 8, 1987 (age 26)
Chillicothe, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 2011 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through May 16, 2014)
Win–loss record 18–22
Earned run average 4.30
Strikeouts 266
Teams

Zachary Taylor McAllister (born December 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in 2006. After several seasons in the Yankees minor league system, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2010. McAllister made his major league debut in July 2011 and earned his first major league win in May 2012.

Professional career[edit]

McAllister was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Illinois Valley Central High School.[1] McAllister was ranked the Yankees' sixth best prospect prior to the 2009 season, according to Baseball America,[2] and their fifth best prospect prior to the 2010 season.[3] He was named the Yankees' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 for his performance with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.[4] However, he struggled in 2010 with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.[5]

McAllister pitching in the 2009 Eastern League (AA) All-Star Game.

At the 2010 MLB trade deadline, the Yankees and Seattle Mariners almost completed a deal that would have sent McAllister, Jesús Montero, and David Adams to the Seattle Mariners for Cliff Lee. When the teams shared medical reports, the Mariners determined that Adams' ankle was broken, not sprained.[6] As a result, they chose to trade Lee to the Texas Rangers in a package centered around Justin Smoak.[7]

On August 20, he was revealed to be the player to be named later in the July 30 trade between the Yankees and Cleveland Indians for Austin Kearns.[4][8] After the 2010 season, McAllister was added to the Indians' 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.[9]

After teammate Fausto Carmona was sent to the disabled list, McAllister was activated and made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 7, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.[10] McAllister earned his first MLB victory on May 7, 2012 against the Chicago White Sox.[11]

In a May 13, 2012 road game against the Boston Red Sox, McAllister started in place of injured pitcher Josh Tomlin and recorded a career-high 8 strikeouts in a 4-1 loss. McAllister pitched 7 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits.[12] McAllister recorded the shortest outing of his career on August 6, pitching 1.2 innings. He gave up 9 runs, 2 earned.[13]

He was designated for assignment on August 1, 2014,[14] and optioned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on August 3.

Pitching style[edit]

McAllister throws a four-seam and two-seam fastball in the low 90s, a cut fastball in the mid-high 80s, a changeup averaging about 80, and a curveball in the high 70s.[15] Some sources also list him as throwing a slider.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yankees Take Prep Pitcher, Zach McAllister". Yankees.scout.com. 2006-06-06. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  2. ^ "New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects, 2009". Baseball America. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects, 2010". Baseball America. December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Hoch, Bryan; Britton, Tim (2010-08-20). "Righty McAllister completes deal for Kearns | yankees.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  5. ^ Ulrey, Jarrod (2010-08-18). "McAllister continues cold streak | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA". Timesleader.com. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  6. ^ Townsend, Brad; Horn, Barry; Grant, Evan (October 25, 2010). "Behind-the-scenes of Rangers' biggest win — getting Cliff Lee". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ Stone, Larry (September 23, 2011). "Brian Cashman: Jesus Montero would have been best player "by far" traded for Cliff Lee". Seattle Times. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Collins, Donnie (2010-08-20). "Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Blog » Zach McAllister dealt to Cleveland". Blogs.thetimes-tribune.com. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  9. ^ Bastian, Jordan (November 19, 2010). "Indians add five to fill 40-man roster". Mlb.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Travis Hafner cranks walk-off grand slame to cap Indians' comeback". Espn.com (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. July 7, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Philip Humber extends slide as Indians' Zach McAllister earns first win". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. May 7, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Hoynes, Paul (May 12, 2012). "Cleveland Indians' road show derailed in 4-1 loss to Boston Red Sox". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ Bastian, Jordan (6 August 2012). "Trive allows 10-run inning in 10th straight loss". MLB.com. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Indians designate Zach McAllister". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Zach McAllister". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Zach McAllister". FanGraphs. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 

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