Shawn Sedlacek

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Shawn Sedlacek
Starting pitcher
Born: (1977-06-29) June 29, 1977 (age 39)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 18, 2002, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2002, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 3−5
Earned run average 6.72
Strikeouts 52

Shawn Patrick Sedlacek [sed′–la–check] (born June 29, 1977) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played part of one season in Major League Baseball, primarily as a starting pitcher, for the Kansas City Royals in 2002.

Professional career[edit]

Minor league career, part 1[edit]

After attending Iowa State University, Sedlacek was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 14th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He began his minor league career pitching for the Spokane Indians of the single-A (short season) Northwest League. In 16 games (13 starts), he had a 9–2 record (tying for the league lead in wins with Chris Mears), a 3.45 earned run average (ERA) (fifth), 62 strikeouts, and 18 walks in 86 innings pitched (third behind Mears's 98 23 and Jeff Hundley's 92 23).[2]

In 1999, Sedlacek pitched for the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the single-A advanced Carolina League. In 17 starts, he had a 4–6 record, a 5.28 ERA, 69 strikeouts, and 26 walks in 92 innings pitched.[3] He was promoted to the Wichita Wranglers of the double-A Texas League in 2000. In 35 games, he had a 3.66 ERA, 81 strikeouts, and 43 walks in 140 13 innings pitched (10th in the league). Despite only making 16 starts, he led the league with 15 wins.[4]

Sedlacek split 2001 between the Wranglers and the Omaha Royals of the triple-A Pacific Coast League. In 14 starts with Wichita, he had a 6–7 record, a 3.63 ERA, 66 strikeouts, and 14 walks in 86 23 innings. In 14 games (13 starts) for Omaha, he had a 5–4 record, a 5.00 ERA, 44 strikeouts, and 22 walks in 81 innings.[3]

Lone season in the majors[edit]

In June 2002, Sedlacek was called up by the Royals following injuries to Jeremy Affeldt and Paul Byrd.[5] He made his major league debut on June 18, getting a no-decision in a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Expos.[6] In his second start, he gave up one run in six innings but took a no-decision in a 5–4 loss to the New York Mets. Due to his performance, Royals' manager Tony Peña decided to keep him in the rotation.[7] On July 4, Sedlacek had one of the best starts of his career; he allowed one run in seven innings, receiving a no-decision in a 3–2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.[8] His first career win came on July 15, in the first game of a doubleheader, when he gave up three runs in six innings as the Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 8–6.[9] He played in 16 games (14 starts) going 3-5 with a 6.72 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his only major league season.

Minor league career, part 2[edit]

Sedlacek left the Royals' organization after the 2003 season and played for the next two years in the minors for several other teams and also in the independent Northern League.

Personal life[edit]

Sedlacek's wife, Joy, currently works for the Royals as the Senior Director of Royals' charities. They live in Overland Park, Kansas. The Sedlaceks have one child and also own a dog named Abbey.[10]

Sedlacek has also helped with Royals' charities, visiting Joplin, Missouri, to help rebuild homes after a tornado in 2012.[11]

Shawn Sedlacek established Sed Sports, Inc. in 2006 with the goal of giving back to the game that had meant so much and played such a huge role in his life. Shawn began by offering pitching lessons to players from all over the Kansas City metro area who ranged in ability from beginners to current professional players. After focusing primarily on pitching lessons for six years, giving thousands of hours of private instruction, and building his client base to several hundred players, Shawn decided to expand Sed Sports to include teams. In 2013, Shawn, Todd Sears, and Matt Williams decided to partner and establish Complete Game Baseball to continue the growth of the organization in pursuit of Shawn’s dream back in 2006 to give back to the game.[12]


  1. ^ "Shawn Sedlacek Statistics & History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  2. ^ "1998 Northwest League Pitching Leaders". (Minors). Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Shawn Sedlacek Minor League Statistics". (Minors). Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2000 Texas League Pitching Leaders". (Minors). Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Falkoff, Robert (June 17, 2002). "Royals set to face surging Expos". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Falkoff, Robert (2002-06-19). "Sedlacek deserved a better fate". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  7. ^ Singer, Tom (June 23, 2002). "Sedlacek receiving rave reviews". Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Schacht, Ken (July 5, 2002). "Tough-luck start for Sedlacek". Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Falkoff, Robert (July 15, 2002). "KC, Rangers combine for 16 walks". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Front Office biographies: Joy Sedlacek, Senior Director-Royals Charities". Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Royals for Joplin". Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Our Story". [1]. Retrieved January 6, 2014.  External link in |work= (help)

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