Zac Grotz Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 28
Born: February 17, 1993
Birthplace: San Mateo, CA
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 28th round, 2015 by HOU
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Jan. 2021)
College: Embry-Riddle
High School: Burlingame (CA)
   

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Pronunciation: GROW-tz
First Pro Contract: June 16, 2015 (HOU)
Signing Scout: John Martin
Signing Bonus: $7,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
   
Pro Debut: June 25, 2015 (Greeneville)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: August 2, 2019 (SEA)
Service Time (1/21): 103 days
Options Remaining: 1 (2020, 2019)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @zacgrotz
Instagram: @zacgrotz

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Medium frame with some projection left in the upper half.

Mechanics: Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, almost sidearm. Gets good extension towards the plate. Clean mechanics.

Fastball: Throws a 91-93 mph four-seamer, a 91-92 mph sinker, and a 86-88 mph cutter. Relies on the  four-seamer 40-50% of the time. Four-seamer has heavy sink and some tail and induces a lot of groundballs.

Slider: 81-83 mph. Two-plane movement. Induces flyballs. Primary secondary pitch.

Changeup: 81-83 mph splitter with some drop.
  Career Notes: Attended 4 schools in 4 years, including DII Cal State Monteray Bay, JuCo San Mateo, Tennessee, and DII Embry-Riddle. Released out of camp in 2016, went on to pitch in the indy leagues, only to sign with the Dodgers that august then to be released again after that season. Went back to the indy leagues in 2017-2018. Signed with the Mets in June 2018, finished the year in Low-A then became a minor league free agent. Signed with Seattle in 2019, pitched well in Double-A before getting a major league cup of coffee. Struggled in limited major league time in 2020. Received a non-roster invitation to Spring Training in 2021, suffering an arm injury in his first appearance. Opened 2021 on the injured list at the Alternate Training Site.

Summation: Emergency up-and-down depth. A team that dedicates time to refining his pitch mix and finding the right role for him might find a major league contributor. Never been in one orgnaization for more than two years.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2013 San Mateo CGG CCCAA --- 20 7 3 2.24 12 10 0 80.1 71 29 20 1 0 19 55 1.12 6.16 2.13
  2014 Tennessee SEC NCAA --- 21 0 0 6.00 6 0 0 6.0 11 9 4 1 2 5 7 2.67 10.50 7.50
  2015 Embry-Riddle Sun NAIA --- 22 8 2 0.70 32 5 9 77.2 47 10 6 0 6 12 90 0.76 10.43 1.39
  2015 Greeneville Astros App Rk Hou 22 1 0 0.00 3 0 1 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.40 7.20 1.80
  2015 Tri City ValleyCats NYPL A- Hou 22 4 3 4.24 16 0 4 17.0 16 8 8 0 0 4 11 1.18 5.82 2.12
  2016 Wash Wild Things Front Indy --- 23 4 2 1.36 29 1 10 46.1 32 8 7 0 3 9 51 0.88 9.91 1.75
  2016 Ogden Raptors Pio Rk LAD 23 4 0 0.50 5 2 0 18.0 15 9 1 0 1 3 11 1.00 5.50 1.50
  2017 Bridgeport Bluefish Atl Indy --- 24 4 3 3.77 67 0 2 74.0 84 39 31 3 4 30 80 1.54 9.73 3.65
  2018 York Revolution Atl Indy --- 25 2 1 2.53 7 4 1 32.0 24 9 9 2 1 10 33 1.06 9.28 2.81
  2018 Columbia Fireflies SAL A NYM 25 3 7 4.61 13 13 0 80.0 91 51 41 4 9 12 83 1.29 9.34 1.35
  2019 Arkansas Travelers Tex AA Sea 26 4 4 2.51 26 6 1 57.1 47 18 16 4 3 11 69 1.01 10.83 1.73
  2019 Tacoma Rainiers PCL AAA Sea 26 1 0 0.00 2 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1.00 9.00 3.00
  2019 Seattle Mariners AL MLB Sea 26 1 0 4.15 14 0 0 17.1 14 9 8 0 1 8 18 1.27 9.35 4.15
  2020 Seattle Mariners AL MLB Sea 27 0 0 14.73 5 0 0 7.1 11 12 12 4 4 11 4 3.00 4.91 13.50

   
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
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