Zack Godley, Relief Pitcher, Arizona Diamondbacks, #52
Date of Birth: 4/21/1990
Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina
College: University of Tennessee
Zack Godley, relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was first drafted by the New York Mets in 2009, but he opted instead to attend the University of Tennessee. He was drafted again in 2013 by the Chicago Cubs and he signed with them. He spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons in the Cubs' minor league system.
The Cubs traded Godley to the Diamondbacks in December, 2014. He pitched in six games as a starting pitcher and three games as a reliever with the Cubs in 2015. In his first major league game, on July 23rd, he had six scoreless innings and he struck out 7 batters while walking none. He was the first pitcher since 1900 to do that in his first MLB game. He finished the 2015 season with 5 wins and 1 loss, 34 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a 3.19 ERA in 36.2 innings.
In 2016, Godley pitched in 9 games as a starter and 18 games in relief with the Diamondbacks. He finished the season with 5 wins to 4 losses, 60 strikeouts to 25 walks, and a 6.39 ERA in 74.2 innings.
Godley finished the 2017 season with 8 wins and 9 losses, 165 strikeouts to 53 walks, and a 3.37 ERA in 25 games as a starter and 1 game as a relief pitcher. In the postseason, he pitched 5.0 innings in 1 game and he gave up 4 hits and 3 runs.