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Robert John Zastryzny (born March 26, 1992) is a Canadian-American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs. Previously, he played college baseball for the Missouri Tigers of the University of Missouri.

Rob Zastryzny
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Zastryzny pitching for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2019
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1992-03-26) March 26, 1992 (age 27)
Edmonton, Alberta
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 19, 2016, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record2–0
Earned run average4.41
Strikeouts31
Teams

Early lifeEdit

Zastryzny was born in Edmonton, Alberta. His family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, when he was one year old. Zastryzny holds dual Canadian-American citizenship,[1] and was homeschooled.[2]

CareerEdit

Zastryzny played for the Calallen High School baseball team as a pitcher and first baseman, but he began to focus on pitching by his junior year.[3] He compiled a 26–4 win-loss record and a 0.71 earned run average (ERA) and 299 strikeouts, including a 17–1 record and a 0.20 ERA and 198 strikeouts in his senior year.[1] He pitched a perfect game during his junior year.[4]

After graduating from Calallen, Zastryzny then enrolled at the University of Missouri, where he played college baseball for the Missouri Tigers.[5] In three years at Missouri, Zastryzny had a 9–19 win-loss record and a 3.79 ERA with 228 strikeouts, the eighth-most in Tigers history.[6]

The Chicago Cubs selected Zastryzny in the second round, with the 41st overall selection, of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[1][7] He began his professional career with the Boise Hawks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, and was promoted to the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League.[8] He pitched for the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 2014.[9] In 2015, he pitched for the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League.[10] After the 2015 regular season, the Cubs assigned Zastryzny to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.[11]

Zastryzny began the 2016 season with Tennessee, and received a mid-season promotion to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. On August 19, the Cubs promoted him to the major leagues.[12] Zastryzny made 11 appearances for the Cubs to finish 2016, and finished 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA. The Cubs would eventually win the 2016 World Series, ending their 108-year drought. Zastryzny won his first World Series title.[13] Zastryzny was added to the roster for the 2016 National League Championship Series, replacing Tommy La Stella who had been on the roster for the 2016 National League Division Series.[14] Although eligible to play, he did not appear in any NLCS games. Zastryzny was replaced by Kyle Schwarber on the roster for the 2016 World Series.[15] He was designated for assignment on September 1, 2018. He was outrighted to AAA on September 3, 2018. Zastryzny was released by the Cubs organization on March 25, 2019.

On March 26, 2019, Zastryzny signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After the season, on October 8, 2019, he was selected Canada national baseball team at the 2019 WBSC Premier12.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Zastryzny became married to Natalie Sanchez in 2019.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Canada's Rob Zastryzny was nearly a Blue Jay". Toronto Sun. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Edmonton exports: Zastryzny and Gretzky". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Zastryzny hopes to join Mizzou's group of MLB arms". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  4. ^ "Calallen's Zastryzny pitches perfect game in playoff win". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Alex M. Silverman (April 27, 2013). "Rob Zastryzny still frustrated after Missouri baseball falls to Auburn". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "MU's Zastryzny drafted by Cubs in second round". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "Cubs select LHP Rob Zastryzny with 41st pick". CSN Chicago. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "Newcomer Zastryzny eager to make name". Kane County Chronicle. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "Second-round pick Rob Zastryzny back in action for Daytona Cubs". News-JournalOnline.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  10. ^ "Smokies move LHP Rob Zastryzny to DL". The Daily Times. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  11. ^ "No. 25 Chicago Cubs prospect Rob Zastryzny leads way for Mesa Solar Sox on mound – MiLB.com News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-cubs-add-bullpen-help-20160819-story.html
  13. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  14. ^ Padilla, Doug (October 16, 2016). "Dodgers add Alex Wood, Enrique Hernandez to NLCS roster; Cubs add rookie lefty". ESPN. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  15. ^ Rogers, Jesse (October 25, 2016). "Cubs place Kyle Schwarber on World Series roster". ESPN. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "Baseball Canada reveals 2019 WBSC Premier12® roster". Baseball Canada. October 8, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  17. ^ Natalie (February 6, 2018). "I SAID YES! I said forever to having to correct people when they pronounce our last name! WE ARE… https://www.instagram.com/p/Be4KoyIDPrF/". @NatalieSanchez7. Retrieved February 21, 2018. External link in |title= (help)

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