Jake McGee, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Colorado Rockies, #51
Date of Birth: 8/6/1986
Birthplace: San Jose, California
Current Salary: $5,900,000
Jake McGee, relief pitcher/closer for the Colorado Rockies, was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004. He played in the Rays' minor league system from 2004 through most of 2010. In July, 2008, he had Tommy John surgery.
McGee joined the Rays for eight games in 2010. In his first major league game on September 14th, the first batter he struck out was Derek Jeter. In 2011, he pitched in 37 games with the Rays. He finished the season with a 4.50 ERA in 28.0 innings.
McGee's first full season in the majors was 2012 when he pitched 55.1 innings in 69 games. He finished the season with a 5-2 record and a 1.95 ERA. THe following season, he pitched 62.2 innings in 71 games and he had a 4.02 ERA.
McGee became the Rays' closer in the second half of the 2014 season. That year, he had career highs in games played (73), innings pitched (71.1), and strikeouts (90 to 16 walks). He had 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA. His playing time was limited in 2015 by knee surgery that ended his season in August. In 39 games, he had a 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings.
The Rays traded McGee to the Rockies on January 28, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.73 ERA in 57 games. He had 2 wins to 3 losses, 15 saves, and 38 strikeouts to 16 walks in 45.2 innings.
Career pitching statistics for McGee through 2016 include:
- 354 games played
- 305.1 innings pitched
- 23-14 win-loss record
- 41 saves
- 357 strikeouts to 88 walks
- 3.07 ERA
McGee and his wife Morgan were married in December, 2009.