Kurt John Yacko
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- School Chapman University
- High School Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana)
- Born August 22, 1987 in Costa Mesa, CA USA
Kurt Yacko pitched in the minor leagues from 2008 to 2013.
Yacko hit .400 in college in 2007 and went 5-1 with nine saves, a 1.38 ERA, .215 opponent average and 93 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. The American Baseball Coaches Association named him an All-American NCAA Division III utility man. He also shared ABCA Player of the Year honors in Division III with Shawn Gilblair. He spent the summer with the Green Bay Bullfrogs, getting the first win in team history and allowing no earned runs in 27 innings. He saved 17 games in 17 chances.
In 2008, Yacko batted .345/.381/.589 with 45 runs, 47 RBI and 10 homers in 45 games. On the mound, he was 6-0 with 14 saves, a 0.60 ERA, 68 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings and .148 opponent average. He again was named All-American in a utility role. The Colorado Rockies picked him in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Yacko made his pro debut with the 2008 Casper Ghosts, going 1-1 with 11 saves and a 4.44 ERA. He struck out 43 in 26 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .229 average. Kurt moved up to the Asheville Tourists in 2008 and was 2-2 with four saves and a 3.52 ERA in 50 games. He struck out 86 in 69 innings.
In 2010, Yacko was assigned to the Modesto Nuts. After 35 games, he had a 6-2 record, 2.90 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. He went 6-5, 3.50 in 49 games overall. Despite a 1.86 ERA in 47 games for the Nuts in 2011, he went 1-6; he fell to 6-5, 4.09 in 2012 between two teams and 2-1, 6.85 between two clubs. He played his final season in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.
He went 18-20 with a 3.56 ERA in 232 games over 6 seasons.
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