TJ House

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TJ House
Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 27)
Slidell, Louisiana
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 17, 2014, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through August 26, 2017)
Win–loss record 5–7
Earned run average 4.44
Strikeouts 90

Glenn Anthony "TJ" House (born September 29, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Early life[edit]

House was born in Slidell, Louisiana and moved to Picayune, Mississippi as a child. His stepfather's family owns Liuzza's, a restaurant in the New Orleans area. While in high school, he was displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina; his family's house flooded and a tree was blown through his bedroom.[1]


House attended Picayune Memorial High School, where he starred for his school's baseball team.[2] The Indians drafted House in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB Draft. He began his professional career with the Class-A Lake County Captains in 2009. That year, he had a win-loss record of 6-11, a 3.15 earned run average (ERA), and 109 strikeouts. He spent the next two years with the Kinston Indians, going 6-10 in 2010 and 6-12 in 2011.[3] He was an invite to spring training in 2012, but was kept in the bullpen, and the Indians front office considered releasing him if he did not perform well the following season.[1]

House split the 2012 season with the Carolina Mudcats and Akron Aeros. In 23 games with the Aeros, he went 8-5 with a 3.98 ERA.[3] The Indians added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[4] House spent the 2013 season with the Aeros and the AAA Columbus Clippers. The Indians promoted House from the minors on June 24, 2013.[5] After making no appearances in any major-league games, House was optioned back to Columbus for the remainder of the season.[6]

House spent the first 1.5 months of the 2014 season with the Clippers, going 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA and 42 strikeouts in ten games.[3] The Indians promoted House to the major leagues on May 17, 2014, and he made his major league debut that day.[6] For the season, he had five wins, three losses, and a 3.35 ERA in 19 appearances.

House was designated for assignment by the Indians on September 20, 2016. After clearing waivers, House was outrighted to Columbus on September 27, 2016. He elected free agency on November 7, 2016.

The Toronto Blue Jays signed House to a minor-league deal on December 14, 2016.[7] House was struck in the head by a line drive on March 10, 2017, during a spring training game in Lakeland, Florida. He remained on the ground for many minutes being attended to by medical staff, and left the field in an ambulance.[8] On August 19, House was called up by the Blue Jays.[9] He was designated for assignment on August 27.[10]


  1. ^ a b Meisel, Zack (July 21, 2014). "T.J. House's journey through triumph and trying times en route to his first win with the Cleveland Indians". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Giardina, AJ (June 24, 2013). "Cleveland recalls pitcher T.J. House of Picayune to the Indians". WLOX. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "T.J. House Minor League Statistics & History". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tribe adds four Minor Leaguers to 40-man roster". 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ Crow, Chuck (2011-11-01). "Cleveland Indians recall T.J. House and option Carlos Carrasco to Class AAA Columbus". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Indians Recall Lefty House From Triple-A Columbus". The Alliance Review. May 17, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (December 14, 2016). "Blue Jays sign left-hander T.J. House to minor league deal". Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Odom, Jeff (March 10, 2017). "Reliever House struck in head by line drive". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Blue Jays promote left-hander T.J. House from triple-A". Sportsnet. August 19, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Blue Jays designate T.J. House for assignment, call up Joe Biagini". Sportsnet. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 

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