Gabe James Speier
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.
- High School Dos Pueblos High School
- Debut September 5, 2019
Pitcher Gabe Speier was a 19th-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 amateur draft, out of a high school in California. He went 0-0, 2.25 in 3 games for the GCL Red Sox that year, pitching 4 innings. Back with the same team in 2014, he logged 29 innings in 9 outings, finishing with a 3-0 record and a 1.55 ERA, with a sparkling 26/1 K/W ratio.
On December 11, 2014, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers along with major leaguers Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Wilson in return for P Rick Porcello. He spent the season in the minor leagues with the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps where he was 4-2, 2.86 in 33 games, all in relief. On November 20th of that year, he was traded again, this time to the Atlanta Braves along with P Ian Krol in return for OF Cameron Maybin. His stay in the Braves system was short-lived,, as on December 8th he was traded yet again, this time to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with P Shelby Miller in return for Aaron Blair, Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson.
Gabe began the 2016 season back in the Midwest League, this time with the Kane County Cougars. He went 1-2, 2.22 in 17 games and was promoted in turn to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League and to the Mobile BayBears of the Southern League, but also missed time becaise of an injury and had to go down to the AZL Diamondbacks for a couple of games on a rehabilitation assignment. Between all the movement, he went 4-2, 2.62 in 39 games, all in relief, also recording 3 saves. In 2017, there was more stability as he spent the entire season in AA with the Jackson Generals of the Southern League, where he was 2-6, 4.30 in 36 games, including 4 starts. In 2018, he was back at Jackson to start the season and was 1-0, 3.03 in 20 games when he was traded to the Kansas City Royals on June 6th. He joined fellow prospect Elvis Luciano in heading to K.C. in return for major league outfielder Jon Jay.
On June 8, 2021, pitching for the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Triple-A East, he made a strange but very impressive defensive play. As Kevin Murphy of mlb.com describes it: "With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the lefty nearly caught a sharp line-drive comebacker with a behind-the-back snag. That would have been impressive enough. But the swinging motion of his arm forced the glove off of his hand -- with the ball still in it! -- and into the air. As the glove came down, the ball fell out, both hitting the mound at about the same time. Speier, who spun around, alertly looked for the ball, picking it up on a bounce with his bare hand, then delivered a strike to the first baseman to record the out."