Randy Choate

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Randy Choate
Randy Choate 2013.jpg
Choate at Opening Day for the St. Louis Cardinals, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 36
Pitcher
Born: (1975-09-05) September 5, 1975 (age 39)
San Antonio, Texas
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
July 1, 2000 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record15–14
Earned run average3.90
Strikeouts326
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Randy Choate
Randy Choate 2013.jpg
Choate at Opening Day for the St. Louis Cardinals, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 36
Pitcher
Born: (1975-09-05) September 5, 1975 (age 39)
San Antonio, Texas
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
July 1, 2000 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record15–14
Earned run average3.90
Strikeouts326
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Randol Doyle Choate (born September 5, 1975) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The New York Yankees selected him in the 1997 MLB Draft from Florida State University. Choate made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2000.

As a left-handed relief pitcher, Choate appears mainly in matchups against left-handed hitters, who, as of 2013, have a .197 batting average against him in his career. Choate's pitching style features a sidearm-delivery style that hides the ball effectively from left-handed hitters, while only marginally so against right-handed hitters. His repertoire features almost exclusively a sinking fastball and slider combination.

Amateur years[edit]

Choate was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Churchill High School in San Antonio,[1] and was a letterman in baseball. He then attended Florida State University, where he was a third team College All-American in 1996 and a second team College All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference All-Star in 1997.

Pro career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues (1997–2000)[edit]

Choate was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft and made his professional debut with the Class-A Oneonta Yankees later that season. He split 1998 between the Greensboro Bats and the Tampa Yankees and spent all of 1999 with Tampa before being promoted to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2000.

New York Yankees (2000–03)[edit]

Choate made his Major League debut on July 1, 2000, as a member of the New York Yankees, retiring the only batter he faced, in a 6–1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field. In his 22 games for the Yankees that year, Choate had a record of 0–1 with a 4.76 ERA. After a career best 3–1 record with 3.35 ERA in 2001, Choate was less effective in 2002 and 2003, playing in just 23 games with a 6.23 ERA. He also spent considerable time in the minors with Columbus.

Arizona Diamondbacks (2004–07)[edit]

Choate was traded by the Yankees to the Montreal Expos (with Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera) for Javier Vázquez on December 16, 2003. However, the Expos then traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 27 for pitcher John Patterson. Choate appeared in 74 games for the Diamondbacks (the most number of games by a left-handed pitcher in Diamondbacks history and the 4th-highest by any pitcher in franchise history), achieving a 2–4 record with a 4.62 ERA.

In 2005 and 2006, Choate played in 90 games. However, he played a vast majority of the 2006 season with Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders, playing a key role in the bullpen, by helping them win the Pacific Coast League championship.

Choate later signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on January 9, 2007, but chose to become a free agent on March 24 after being reassigned to a minor league camp three days earlier. He signed a minor league contract to return to the Diamondbacks in April 2007, and was assigned to Tucson. The Diamondbacks purchased his contract from Tucson on June 26, 2007,[2] but he made only two appearances before he was designated for assignment on June 28.[3]

Milwaukee Brewers (2008)[edit]

On November 14, 2007, the Milwaukee Brewers signed him to a one-year contract. During spring training 2008, Choate broke a bone in his left hand.[4] In mid-June, he began his rehab assignment in the minors. He pitched for the first time in the 2008 season for the High-A Brevard County Manatees. He was next moved up to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. On July 10, Choate was sent outright to the minors. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Tampa Bay Rays (2009–10)[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 6, 2009. Choate earned his first career save on May 29, 2009 for the Rays against the Minnesota Twins. In two seasons with the Rays, he was 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 146 games.

Florida/Miami Marlins (2011–12)[edit]

Choate with the Marlins in spring training, 2011

On December 15, 2010, Choate agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Florida Marlins. He was 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 98 games over the next season and a half with the Marlins.

From September 10, 2010 to June 12, 2012 Choate allowed 1 or fewer hits per appearance (97 consecutive appearances).

Los Angeles Dodgers (2012)[edit]

Choate was traded along with Hanley Ramírez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 25, 2012, in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough.[5] With the Dodgers, he appeared in 36 games and had a 4.05 ERA in 13.1 innings of work.

St. Louis Cardinals (2013–present)[edit]

On December 7, 2012, Choate signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.[6]

Pitching style[edit]

Featuring a sidearm-delivery style with a repertoire of almost exclusively sinking fastballs and sliders, one of Choate's strengths is inducing ground balls from left-handed hitters with runners on base, especially for double plays. In 2011, Choate's sinker induced a ground ball rate of 71.4%. His slider has broad side-to-side movement, inducing a 19.5% swing-and-miss rate. In 2011 and 2012, he produced 11.31 and 8.84 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (K/9) rates, respectively, despite his fastball speeds average just 86 miles per hour (138 km/h) to 88 miles per hour (142 km/h).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Randy Choate Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arizona options Peguero to minors, recalls Choate". ESPN.com. The Associated Press. June 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Michael (June 28, 2007). "Notes: Top college catcher signs". MLB.com. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  4. ^ Wagner, Andrew. "Brewers Notebook: Changing things up." OnMilwaukee.com. 16 June 2008. 19 June 2008.
  5. ^ Corcoran, Cliff (25 July 2012). "Miami Marlins evoke memories of past fire sale with Hanley Ramirez deal". SportsIllustrated.CNN.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (December 7, 2012). "Cardinals agree to deal with lefty Choate: Veteran fills role of second southpaw in 'pen, allowing Rzepczynski to be more flexible". MLB.com. 
  7. ^ Witt, Ryan (December 6, 2012). "A scouting report on the newest St. Louis Cardinal, Randy Choate". Examiner.com. 

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