T. J. Zeuch
Cincinnati Reds
Pitcher
Born: (1995-08-01) August 1, 1995 (age 27)
Mason, Ohio
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2019, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record2–4
Earned run average4.59
Strikeouts31
Teams

Timothy James Zeuch (/zɔɪk/ ZOYK;[1] born August 1, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization.[2] He played college baseball for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft and made his MLB debut for the team in 2019.

High school and college

Zeuch attended Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign and attended the University of Pittsburgh to play college baseball for the Panthers.[3][4]

As a freshman at Pittsburgh in 2014, Zeuch appeared in 15 games and made nine starts. He pitched to a 2–6 win–loss record with a 2.75 earned run average (ERA) and 41 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he started 14 games, going 5–6 with a 3.87 ERA and 90 strikeouts. After the 2015 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[5] Zeuch missed the first month of his junior year due to a strained groin.[6][7] He finished the year with a 6–1 record, 3.10 ERA, and 74 strikeouts in 6923 innings.[8]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Zeuch was considered a top prospect heading into the 2016 draft, and was selected 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.[9] He signed with the Blue Jays on June 17 for $2.175 million,[10][11] and was assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. Zeuch made his professional debut on July 9, striking out two and not allowing a baserunner in three innings, before being promoted to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League on July 13.[12][13] On August 29, Zeuch was promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts.[14] He finished the season with a combined 0–2 record, 4.50 ERA, and 38 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.[12] Zeuch was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays for the 2017 season. He battled injuries that limited him to just 6523 innings, and finished the season with a 3–6 record, 3.56 ERA, and 51 strikeouts.[12]

Zeuch started the 2018 season in Dunedin, where he went 3–3 with a 3.47 ERA before being promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.[12] On June 4 he pitched the first shutout.[15]

In 2019 Zeuch went to spring training with the Major League Blue Jays, but in February he suffered a strained lat muscle and did not pitch for about 3 months.[16] After several appearances with Dunedin in June, on June 22 he was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and was immediately inserted into the starting rotation.[17] On August 19, Zeuch threw a no-hitter against the Rochester Red Wings,[18] and in doing so became the first Bison to throw a no-hitter since Bartolo Colón in 1997.[19]

Major leagues

Toronto Blue Jays

2019

The Blue Jays selected Zeuch's contract and promoted him to the major leagues on September 3, 2019.[20] He made his debut that night in relief in the second inning of the Blue Jays' game against the Atlanta Braves. The first batter he faced was Tyler Flowers, who grounded out; later that inning he struck out Mike Foltynewicz for his first career strikeout. In all, Zeuch pitched four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.[21] Zeuch earned his first major league win on September 15, pitching 513 innings in relief, striking out five and allowing two earned runs in a 6–4 Blue Jays win over the New York Yankees.[22]

Zeuch's rookie season ended with a 1–2 record and a 4.76 ERA in five games pitched.[23]

2020

During spring training 2020, Zeuch was optioned to AAA in Buffalo. Once the 2020 Major League regular season got underway in late July (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Zeuch was assigned to the alternate training site in Rochester, N.Y.

On September 17, Zeuch was called up to the majors. In his first relief appearance the next day, he pitched 3 innings, giving up 1 run against the New York Yankees.[24]

Three days later, again vs. the Yankees, Zeuch pitched 3.1 innings of 1-run, 1-hit, 1-walk relief to record his second career win.[25]

He was the starting pitcher in the Blue Jays' next-to-last game of the regular season and he pitched 5 scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles. He did not get a decision in the Blue Jays' 5-2 win.[26]

Zeuch finished the regular season with a 1-0 record and an ERA of 1.59 in 11.1 innings pitched, allowing 9 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts.[23]

2021

On May 3, 2021, Zeuch was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.[27] On June 17, Zeuch was recalled from Buffalo to start against the New York Yankees. Zeuch struggled to an 0-2 record and 6.60 ERA in 5 games, 3 of them starts, before he was designated for assignment on July 20.[28]

St. Louis Cardinals

2021

On July 25, 2021, Zeuch was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations.[29] He pitched the remainder of the season for the Cardinals' AAA affiliate in Memphis.[30]

2022

Zeuch was designated for assignment on May 21, 2022, and was released on May 28.[31]

Cincinnati Reds

Zeuch was signed to a minor league contract by the Cincinnati Reds on June 3, 2022.[32]

Personal life

T.J. Zeuch is the son of Tim and Lisa Zeuch.[33] His father played in the Kansas City Royals organization, pitching in two games in 1980.[34][35]

On November 17, 2018, Zeuch married Lindsay Wilson in Pittsburgh.[36]

References

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