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Kyle Keston McGowin (born November 27, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization.

Kyle McGowin
Washington Nationals – No. 61
Pitcher
Born: (1991-11-27) November 27, 1991 (age 27)
Southampton, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 2018, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through August 19, 2019)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average8.75
Strikeouts26
Teams

Amateur careerEdit

McGowin is from Sag Harbor, New York. He attended Pierson High School, and pitched for the school's baseball team.[1] After graduating in 2010, he enrolled at Savannah State University, and played college baseball for the Savannah State Tigers. In the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, he was named the tournament's Outstanding Performer after he pitched all ten innings of the championship game, recording 11 strikeouts.[2] The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him a First Team All-American in 2013, his junior year.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

The Angels selected McGowin in the fifth round, with the 157th overall selection, of the 2013 MLB draft.[4] After he signed with the Angels, he made his professional debut with the Orem Owlz of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.[5] He pitched for the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2014, and was named a Midseason All-Star.[6] He spent the 2015 season with the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League,[7] and was invited to spring training in 2016.[8] He began the 2016 season with Arkansas, and was promoted to the Salt Lake Bees of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[9][10]

Washington NationalsEdit

After the 2016 season, the Washington Nationals acquired McGowin and Austin L. Adams for Danny Espinosa.[6] McGowin started the year with the Class-AAA Syracuse Chiefs but was assigned down to the Class-AA Harrisburg Senators on June 16, 2017, after posting a 6.31 ERA and a 1–6 win-loss record in nine starts.[11] He pitched for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League after the 2017 season, making six starts and striking out 27 batters without a walk allowed.[12]

In 2018, McGowin bounced back, earning a promotion back to Class-AAA midway through the season and putting up a 1.20 ERA down the stretch with the Chiefs as a reliable starting pitcher.[13] He was among several pitchers mentioned by media as potential late-season call-ups by the Nationals.[14][15][16]

On September 3, 2018, the Nationals selected McGowin's contract, calling him up to the major leagues for the first time.[17] He made his major league debut on September 5, pitching an inning against the St. Louis Cardinals and giving up a solo home run to Yairo Muñoz.[18]

Pitching styleEdit

McGowin pitches right-handed, with a crossfire delivery that adds deception to his pitches.[16] His primary pitch is a fastball that sits at about 91 miles per hour (146 km/h), with a slider and circle changeup that complement it. He is considered to have above-average control.[12][19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Five Questions with Kyle McGowin - The Sag Harbor Express". February 10, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "Savannah State University Wins MEAC Baseball Title". Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. May 19, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Savannah State's Kyle McGowin named to All-America team". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "A Dream Come True For Kyle McGowin - Sag Harbor". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  5. ^ http://easthamptonstar.com/Sports/2014219/Angels%E2%80%99-Prospect-Heads-Tempe
  6. ^ a b Kerzel, Pete. "Nationals acquire pitchers Adams, McGowin from Angels in exchange for Espinosa". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "No. 17 Los Angeles Angels prospect Kyle McGowin closes book on strong May for Double-A Arkansas Travelers - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Angels Invite McGowin to Spring Training Camp - The East Hampton Star". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sag Harbor Native Kyle McGowin Now Just One Step Away From Big Leagues - Sag Harbor". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  10. ^ BROWN, BUBBA. "Salt Lake Bees Notes: Kyle McGowin showing signs of promise". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  11. ^ Kerr, Byron (June 16, 2017). "Harrisburg LHP Braulio Lara placed on DL". twitter.com. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Kerr, Byron (January 8, 2018). "Nats pitching prospect spotlight: Kyle McGowin and Jimmy Cordero". MASN Sports. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/TalkNats2/status/1036678998422691840
  14. ^ "Decisions, decisions: September call-up time for the #Nats". TalkNats. September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "With Gio Gonzalez gone, what's next for the Nationals' starting rotation?". The Washington Post. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Nationals look to roster expansion". The Washington Times. August 29, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Menu, Gavin (September 3, 2018). "Kyle McGowin is Bound for the Big Leagues". Sag Harbor Express. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Menu, Gavin (September 6, 2018). "At Long Last, Kyle McGowin Makes Major League Debut". Sag Harbor Express. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  19. ^ McInturff, Adam (July 5, 2018). "Kyle McGowin". 2080 Baseball. Retrieved September 3, 2018.

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