July 19, 1981 |
|August 3, 2003, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 9, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||5.29|
High school career
Gobble attended John S. Battle High School in Bristol, Virginia and started four years on the varsity team. He led the team to three state tournament appearances and compiled a 32-8 record and 512 strikeouts.
As a senior, he was 10-1 with a 0.49 ERA, striking out 151 and allowing just 23 hits in 71 innings of work. His only loss came at the hands of Sullivan East High School, which is located in nearby Bluff City, Tennessee. He was also a strong hitter, compiling a .493 batting average with nine home runs, 30 RBI and 24 walks.
He signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Kentucky before being drafted by the Royals with the 43rd pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. Gobble was the fourth Royal chosen, following Kyle Snyder, Mike MacDougal, and Jay Gehrke.
Kansas City Royals
Gobble made his major league debut with the Royals in 2003. He made his debut the same weekend that the movie Gigli debuted in American theaters. He steadily improved through his first three seasons; in 2007 he appeared in 74 games, the most on Kansas City's staff and tied for fifth in the American League. Gobble was 4-1 with a 3.02 earned run average.
He was released by the Royals on March 18, 2009.
Chicago White Sox
On July 7, 2009, he was designated for assignment.
On January 28, 2010, Gobble signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies with an invite to spring training. He did not allow a hit in three Cactus League outings and appeared to have locked up a spot as the team's left-handed specialist before suffering an injury.
He appeared in two games for the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox before retiring.