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Patrick Schuster

Patrick Schuster
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1990-10-30) October 30, 1990 (age 29)
Holiday, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 5, 2016, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win-loss record0-1
Earned run average18.69
Strikeouts8
Teams

Patrick James Schuster (born October 30, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Before beginning his professional career, Schuster attended J. W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida, and starred for their baseball team. Selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres acquired him in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. He was returned to the Diamondbacks before the season began.

Career

Arizona Diamondbacks

Schuster attended J. W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida. He played for the school's baseball team as a pitcher. On April 15, 2008, Schuster tied a 51-year-old Pasco County record by striking out 20 batters in one game.[1] In April 2009. Schuster threw four consecutive no-hitters for Mitchell's baseball team, a Florida state record.[2][3][4] He committed to attend the University of Florida on a scholarship to play college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team.[2]Baseball America rated Schuster as the 79th best prospect in the nation.[5]

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Schuster in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Schuster signed with the Diamondbacks for a reported $450,000 signing bonus, forgoing his commitment to the University of Florida.[2] He began his professional career as a starting pitcher, but transitioned to relief in 2012.[6] In the 2013 season, he pitched for the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League.[7]

Schuster was chosen by the Houston Astros with the first selection of the 2013 Rule 5 draft on December 12, 2013. He was immediately sent to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in the trade of Anthony Bass to the Astros from the previous day.[8] After competing for a spot in the Padres' bullpen,[9] Schuster was cut by the Padres on March 24 and put through waivers.[10] He was claimed by the Kansas City Royals the next day.[11] According to team sources, the Royals claimed Schuster in order to designate Carlos Peguero for assignment, with the hope that Peguero would pass through waivers.[12] He was returned to the Diamondbacks before the season.[13][14]

Back with the Diamondbacks, Schuster began the 2014 season with the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League,[15] and was promoted to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in July.[16] Schuster began the 2015 season with Mobile, and he pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings. On June 23, the Cincinnati Reds acquired Schuster,[17] who assigned him to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Southern League.[18]

Oakland Athletics

A free agent after the 2015 season, Schuster signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics in November 2015.[19] They invited him to spring training,[14] and assigned him to the Nashville Sounds of the PCL to start the 2016 season. Schuster had a 1.30 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 28 games for Nashville, and the Athletics promoted him to the major leagues on July 4.[20] The Athletics optioned Schuster back to Nashville on July 21, and recalled him on August 6. On August 10, the Athletics designated Schuster for assignment.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies claimed Schuster off of waivers and optioned him to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Class AAA International League.[21]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On November 7, 2016, Schuster signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin the 2017 season.[22] He appeared in 17 games for Oklahoma City, with a 6.16 ERA and was released on June 15.

Second Stint with Athletics

He signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on June 17, and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.[]

Sioux City Explorers

On March 19, 2018, Schuster signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association.[23]

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

On May 13, 2019, Schuster was traded to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association. He was released on September 2, 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ "UF takes Mitchell ace". Tampa Bay Times. Tampabay.com. June 25, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Florida recruit Patrick Schuster signs with Diamondbacks". Tampa Bay Times. Tampabay.com. August 12, 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Crouse, Karen (April 28, 2009). "No-Hit Streak for High Schooler Schuster Ends". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "HS pitcher notches fourth straight no-hitter, two-shy of record". USA Today. April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Florida high schooler Patrick Schuster's no-hitter streak ends at four". ESPN. Espn.go.com. April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Berry, Adam (December 12, 2013). "Padres acquire lefty Schuster to finalize Bass trade: Astros send Rule 5 Draft prospect to San Diego as player to be named later". MLB.com. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Padres acquire LHP Patrick Schuster from Houston Astros as PTBN in trade for RHP Anthony Bass". MLB.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Ultimate Astros » Astros trade first pick in Rule 5 draft to complete Padres deal". Blog.chron.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Schuster moving past bad first impression". MLB.com. March 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Lim, Dennis (March 24, 2014). "Padres' eight roster cuts bring clarity". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ McCullough, Andy (March 25, 2014). "New Royal lefty Patrick Schuster will challenge for the No. 7 reliever spot". KansasCity.com. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Royals add reliever Patrick Schuster in hopes of keeping outfielder Carlos Peguero". kansascity. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Royals return tender left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster's contract to Arizona". Kansas City Royals. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ a b Slusser, Susan (March 17, 2016). "Lefty Patrick Schuster makes good impression in A's camp". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "Roster Rundown: Meet the 2014 Mobile BayBears". AL.com. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "Pacific Coast League Transactions - July 2014". MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Gray, Doug. "Cincinnati Reds acquire LHP Patrick Schuster". RedsMinorLeagues.com. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Roster Move: Schuster Joins Pensacola: Lou Marson released". MiLB.com (Press release). Pensacola Blue Wahoos. June 22, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 1, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 21-27". Baseball America. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ Slusser, Susan (July 4, 2016). "A's put Fernando Rodriguez on DL; Patrick Schuster called up". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ "A's LHP Schuster claimed off waivers by Phillies". NBC Bay Area. August 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  22. ^ Oklahoma City Dodgers (April 5, 2017). "OKC Dodgers Release 2017 Opening Day Roster". milb.com. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "X's Bolster Pitching Staff with Pair of Former Big Leaguers". Sioux City Explorers. Retrieved 2018.

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