Central Islip, N.Y., March 26, 2021 – The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the inking of left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny, who owns three years of MLB service.
Zastryzny spent last season at the Baltimore Orioles’ training site, and is a welcome edition to the Ducks’ pitching staff, Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff noted in a press release.
“Rob has pitched in Major League games as recently as 2018 and pitched at the Baltimore Orioles alternate site in 2020,” Pfaff said. “We are excited to add his arm to our pitching staff.”
After not pitching in a tilt that counts last year, Zastryzny said he looking forward to climbing a hill again and performing in his passion.
“I’m excited to get out to Long Island and start playing baseball games again,” Zastryzny said. “2020 was tough, but I can’t wait to get to do what I love again.”
Zastryzny spent parts of three campaigns (2016-18) in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs, who drafted him in the second round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft. He appeared in 18 games (one start), amassing a 2-0 mark with a 4.41 ERA and 31 strikeouts across 34.2 innings pitched.
Chicago called up the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, native to the big leagues for the first time in 2016 and surrendered just two earned runs while striking out 17 batters in 16 innings of work. The Cubs later added Zastryzny to their roster for the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago went on to win its first World Series championship since 1908, when they defeated the Cleveland Indians.
The 29-year-old pitcher spent the 2019 season in the Dodgers organization. He combined to make 23 appearances (19 starts) with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, whiffing 104 hitters in 113 innings. The southpaw has appeared in 146 contest (98 starts) during his minor league career, recording 501 strikeouts and 204 walks over 559 innings of work.
Prior to his professional career, Zastryzny spent three seasons at the University of Missouri, totaling the 10th-most strikeouts in school history (228). He also pitched a perfect game during his junior year at Calallen High School in Texas and went 26-4 with a 0.71 ERA and 299 strikeouts during his high school career.
— Jerry Del Priore
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