Donn Roach
Roach pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2013
Free agent
Born: (1989-12-14) December 14, 1989 (age 31)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 2, 2014, for the San Diego Padres
KBO: March 31, 2017, for the KT Wiz
MLB statistics
(through 2016 Season)
Win–loss record3–1
Earned run average5.77
KBO statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record4–15
Earned run average4.69

Donn Mitchell Roach (born December 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2014 with the San Diego Padres, and he has played for the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners. Roach also has played for the KT Wiz of the KBO League, the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball and the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.


Los Angeles Angels

Roach graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Summerlin, Nevada in 2008. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Roach in the 40th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He did not sign, and attended the University of Arizona, where he played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats. After one year at Arizona, Roach transferred to the College of Southern Nevada, a junior college, to play for the Southern Nevada Coyotes. He was then drafted again by the Angels, in the third round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[1][2] Roach chose to sign with the Angels.

San Diego Padres

Roach pitching for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2012
Roach pitching for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2012

On May 4, 2012, the Angels traded Roach and Alexi Amarista to the San Diego Padres for Ernesto Frieri.[3] He was added to the Padres' 40-man roster after the 2013 season to protect him from being selected by another team in the Rule 5 draft.[4] He made the Padres' Opening Day roster in 2014 and made his MLB debut on April 2, 2014.[5] Roach was designated for assignment by the Padres on November 3, 2014.[6]

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs claimed Roach on waivers on November 12, 2014.[7] He was designated for assignment by the Cubs on December 19, 2014,[8] and began the season with the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[9] The Cubs promoted Roach to the majors in June. He allowed eight hits and four runs in 3+13 innings in his Cubs debut on June 27 as a starter, in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.[10]

Cincinnati Reds

Roach was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds on July 13, 2015. He was designated for assignment on August 23.

Toronto Blue Jays

On August 25, 2015, Roach was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.[11] He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on September 30, and elected free agency on October 14.[12]

Seattle Mariners

He signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2015. On August 6, 2016, Roach was designated for assignment.[13]

Detroit Tigers

Roach was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers on August 9, 2016.[14] On September 3, 2016, the Tigers designated Roach for assignment.

Oakland Athletics

On September 5, 2016, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics. He pitched in one postseason game for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.[15]

KT Wiz

Roach signed with the KT Wiz of the KBO League on November 7, 2016.[16]

Chicago White Sox

In February 2018, Roach signed a minor league deal to return to the MLB with the Chicago White Sox.[17]

Orix Buffaloes

Roach signed with the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball on July 7, 2018.[18]

Chicago White Sox (second stint)

On December 30, 2018, Roach signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[19] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[20]

Uni-President Lions

On January 11, 2020, Roach signed with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.[21] He was released on June 18, 2020, after struggling to a 11.35 ERA and 2.26 WHIP over 23 innings pitched.[22]


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  6. ^ "Padres reinstate 4; designate Roach, Stults". Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Cubs claim Donn Roach off waivers from Padres - HardballTalk". November 12, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Cubs claim catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Shane Peterson off waivers". December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Donn Roach making the most of chance with Cubs". Des Moines Register. April 21, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Chicago Tribune (June 27, 2015). "Cubs rotation troubles exposed once again as Donn Roach falters". Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (August 25, 2015). "Blue Jays claim Roach from Reds; righty to join Triple-A". Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "International League Transactions". p. October 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Mariners' Donn Roach: Designated for assignment". August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Tigers claim RHP Donn Roach off waivers". The Detroit News. August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Donn Roach Stats, Highlights, Bio". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Adams, Steve (November 7, 2016). "Donn Roach Signs With KBO's KT Wiz". Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Eddy, Matt (February 5, 2018). "Minor League Transactions". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "オリックス、元阪神の岩本輝と右腕ドン・ローチを獲得".
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  20. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  21. ^ "Uni-Lions Sign Donn Roach". January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  22. ^ "Uni-Lions Release Donn Roach, Guardians Eyeing Manny Banuelos". June 18, 2020. Retrieved June 19, 2020.