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Zac Grotz

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Zac Grotz

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Biographical Information[edit]

It was a complicated route, but Zac Grotz made it to the majors in 2019 with the 2019 Seattle Mariners. He returned with the 2020 Seattle Mariners.

Zac was born in San Mateo, CA, in the San Francisco area. He was a star in high school in both baseball and basketball. After that, he played for four different colleges in four years: California State University, Monterey Bay in 2012, College of San Mateo in 2013, University of Tennessee in 2014 and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2015. He was picked by the Houston Astros in the 28th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft.

Zac played one year in the minors for the Astros, appearing in 3 games in the rookie league and 16 with the A- level Tri-City Valley Cats. He was released by the Astros in March of the following year, played independent ball for much of the season and was signed near the end of that season by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He pitched five games for their rookie league team, the Ogden Raptors, and was then released.

He again pitched in independent ball in 2017 and part of 2018, but was picked up for part of 2018 by the A level Columbia Fireflies.

To this point, he had never pitched at a higher level than A ball, but the next year he would be in the majors. In 2019 he pitched well for the AA level Arkansas Travelers, with a 2.51 ERA in 26 games, and moved up to the Tacoma Rainiers, for whom he had an ERA of 0.00 in two relief appearances. On August 2, 2019, he made his major league debut, and went on to pitch 14 times for the 2019 Mariners. His ERA was 4.15 on a team whose overall ERA was 4.99. He returned to the Mariners in 2020 for five games. Granted free agency, he signed with the 2021 Red Sox and was a non-roster spring training invitee.

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