Feb 24, 2014; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Zagurski takes part in the annual photo day at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Zagurski Opts Out Of His Contract

Lefty Mike Zagurski Chooses Free Agency – Opts Out Of Contract 

Mike Zagurski has chosen to opt out of his minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and has been granted his release. He appeared in 16 games with the Cleveland Indians Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers posting a 2-0 record with a 2.76 ERA (5ER/16.1IP) striking out 22 but walking 10.


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  • Gary

    Never heard of him. But, that career 7.05 era doesn’t help either.

    • Luis

      He came over from our farm originally (Philly) the guy K’s a ton of hitters but also walks a bunch. He was able to get away with this in the minors because of his high K rate. His high K rate also translated into the majors (1 per inning). In the minors it was closer to 1.5 a inning thus leading to a low ERA. In the minors he is able to avoid damage due to his near 1.5 a inning SO rate. Not so in the majors where he walks 5 batters per 9 and usually gives up the big hits after he’s walked 2 batters. Also in the minors he doesnt give up as many HR’s. Teams are intrigued because the guy can strikeout a bunch of hitters but gives up walks and hits at a alarming rate.

    • Gary

      So, why would anyone want him on their team?
      Not a very consistent pitcher, is he?

    • Luis

      The guy usually does well in the high minors. However his style relies solely on striking hitters out. Which he does fairly well even in the majors (more so in the minors). Teams think that they can maybe fix this approach maybe get him to walk less hitters and inducing more ground balls. So they will take a chance. Im pretty sure this will probably be the last year for him. He took a big gamble by not accepting assignment if other teams arent interesting. Hope it works out for him.

    • Gary

      With all the walks he gives up, maybe it’s a control problem. Most pitchers, with help, can correct this. How long has he been pitching. Not knocking the guy, but, control problems can usually be fixed. Happens to pitchers a lot.

    • Luis

      He been around for a bit. He was up and down in our system. Then he went to Arizona, Pit, and pitched half of inning for the Yanks. The blue jays have picked him up. I think this is the thought since the guy has good strike out stuff they can possibly fix his shortcomings. I will have to bet that if he doesnt fix this by this year hell probably be out of baseball soon. Or at best minor league filler.