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Michael Justin Zagurski (born January 27, 1983), is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Yankees. Zagurski has also played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

Mike Zagurski
20150723 Michael Justin 'Mike' Zagurski pitcher of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, at Yokohama Stadium.jpg
Zagurski with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars
Free agent
Born: (1983-01-27) January 27, 1983 (age 36)
Omaha, Nebraska
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: May 25, 2007, for the Philadelphia Phillies
NPB: March 27, 2015, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record1–1
Earned run average7.78
NPB statistics
Win-loss record3-1
Earned run average4.15


Amateur careerEdit

Zagurski attended Millard North High School. Zagurski was neither drafted after high school nor recruited by any four-year colleges.[1] He started his college career at Hutchinson Community College and finished at University of Kansas, where he set the single season record for strikeouts.

Zagurski played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League in 2004.

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Zagurski was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. After two seasons in the low minors, he started the 2007 season with the Single-A Clearwater Threshers before being promoted to the Double-A Reading Phillies. On May 25, when Brett Myers was placed on the disabled list, Zagurski was placed on the Phillies major league roster. He made his first appearance that evening.

"The only thing I could say was, 'wow,'" he later told The Philadelphia Inquirer.[1]

Almost 60 of the pitcher's friends, former teammates, and family were in attendance at Zagurski's first major league appearance at the Atlanta Braves' Turner Field.[2] Legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas remarked on the cheers that greeted Zagurski's entry to the game and added that the 'Phillies might have themselves a left-hander' after Zagurski retired the first three batters he faced.

Zagurski walked New York Mets pinch hitter Julio Franco, who made his major league debut for the Phillies the year before Zagurski was born, and retired San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds less than two weeks after being called up. On the possibility of pitching to the potential future Hall of Famer, Zagurski had said, "Having an opportunity to face [Bonds] would be awesome. I'm sure I would notice him, but he's still trying to hit the ball and I'm still trying to get him out, so I think the star-strucking will stop"[3]

On June 7, Zagurski won his first major league game as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the first-place New York Mets at Shea Stadium. Phillies color commentator Gary Matthews said Zagurski believed he had a place in the major leagues and that the young pitcher was "not at all in awe of being here." Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game that Zagurski "has a future in the big leagues, and he definitely has a future with us."[2]

On July 15, Zagurski pitched the entire ninth inning of the Phillies' 10,000th franchise loss. The game, which was carried nationally on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, saw the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Phillies 10–2.

On July 27, Myers was activated from the 15-day disabled list and the Phillies optioned Zagurski to the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx. On August 15, Zagurski was recalled to the majors when starter Adam Eaton was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

On April 3, 2008, Zagurski underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2008 season.

Zagurski started the 2010 season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Phillies, and was recalled to the major league club on June 22, 2010. He pitched ​1 13 innings in his return, allowing one walk and one strikeout.[4]

Zagurski was designated for assignment by the Phillies on September 16, 2011.[5]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

Zagurski was traded by the Phillies to the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 23, 2011 in exchange for a minor league pitcher. On April 4, 2012, Zagurski was out righted to the minors, removing him from the major league roster.[6]

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

Zagurski signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 1, 2012. He was designated for assignment on June 14, 2013 to make room on the Pirates' roster for Brandon Cumpton.[citation needed]

New York YankeesEdit

Zagurski signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees on June 21, 2013. He opted out of his minor league deal on August 16.[citation needed]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

Zagurski signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics on August 18, 2013. He was released on September 2, after making 6 appearances for their Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats.[citation needed]

Second stint with YankeesEdit

Zagurski re-signed with the New York Yankees on September 10, 2013. He made his Yankee debut on September 15 at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. He was outrighted off the roster on October 3.[citation needed]

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Zagurski signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians on November 22, 2013. Zagurski was assigned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. He was released on May 24, 2014.[7]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On May 27, 2014, Zagurski signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.[8] He was added to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons roster on May 30.[9] On September 2, Zagurski asked for and was granted his release from the Blue Jays organization.[10] He posted a 4–1 record in 2014, with a 2.08 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 60​23 innings.[11]

Hiroshima Toyo CarpEdit

On October 21, 2014, it was announced that Zagurski had signed a contract with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.[12] Zagurski pitched in 19 games for the Carp in 2015, recording no decisions, with 16 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched and a 2.40 ERA.[13]

Yokohama DeNA BayStarsEdit

On April 5, 2016, Zagurski signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball. Zagurski appeared in 32 games for the BayStars in 2016. He posted a 3-1 record with a 4.96 ERA. He struck out 34 batters in 32​23 innings pitched.[13]

Detroit TigersEdit

On February 5, 2017, Zagurski signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.[14] He was released on June 15.[15]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On December 17, 2017, Zagurski signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[16] On June 27, his minor league contract was bought by the Brewers, promoting him to the Majors. Three days later, Zagurski made his first Major League appearance since the 2013 season, earning his first career loss against the Cincinnati Reds. This set the MLB record for the longest time between a pitcher's first career win and loss at 11 years, 23 days.[17] Zagurski was designated for assignment on July 8, 2018. He was later optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.[18][circular reference] He declared free agency on October 15, 2018.

Chicago CubsEdit

On December 19, 2018, Zagurski signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[19] He was released on March 24, 2019.


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  11. ^ "Mike Zagurski Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  12. ^ White, R.J. (October 21, 2014). "Report:Mike Zagurski joins Hiroshima Carp". Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Mike Zagurski Register Statistics & History". Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Byrne, Connor (February 5, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/5/17". Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "Mike Zagurski Stats, Highlights, Bio | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  16. ^ Polishuk, Mark (December 17, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/17/17". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "RHP Michael Lorenzen's pinch-hit grand slam leads Reds over Brewers 12-3". ESPN News Services. June 30, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers minor league players - Wikipedia". Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  19. ^ Eddy, Matt (January 12, 2019). "Minor League Transactions: Dec 19 - Jan 10". Baseball America. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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