Zack Greinke

Donald Zackary "Zack" Greinke (October 21, 1983-) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who won the 2009 American League Cy Young Award. Growing up in Florida, Zack excelled in baseball, but also in golf and tennis. Though he played primarily at shortstop growing up, he was transformed into a pitcher in high school, first a reliever and then a starter. Personally going 9-2 as a senior, Greinke led his Apopka High School team to w 32-2 record and was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. The Kansas City Royals tapped Zack in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft, making his debut two years later. Greinke spent seven seasons with the Royals (2004-2010) and in his breakout year of 2009, he won the American League Cy young Award after going 16-8 with a league leading 2.16 ERA, three shutouts and 242 strikeouts, averaging 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. After enduring a mediocre season in 2010, going 10-14, Greinke was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for four young components that would help lead the Royals to their first World Series appearance in 25 years in 2014. Zack pitched successfully with Milwaukee (2011-2012), recording an amazing (and perfect) 11-0 home record at Miller Park his debut year in Wisconsin, but was once again traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in anticipation of  his pending free agency. In 2012, Zack signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2012-present) and has since become the team’s #2 ace behind three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. Through the 2014 season, Zack Greinke has gone 123-90 with 1,687 strikeouts, 13 complete games, four shutouts and a 3.55 ERA.

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