Anthony DeSclafani

Anthony James DeSclafani (born April 18, 1990), nicknamed Disco and T-Bone, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds. He played college baseball for the University of Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays selected DeSclafani in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2014.

Anthony DeSclafani
DeSclafani with the Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants – No. 26
Pitcher
Born: (1990-04-18) April 18, 1990
Freehold, New Jersey, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 14, 2014, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record50-48
Earned run average4.12
Strikeouts751
Teams

Amateur career

DeSclafani grew up in Howell Township, New Jersey, and attended Colts Neck High School (class of 2008) in Colts Neck Township, New Jersey.[1][2][3]

The Boston Red Sox selected DeSclafani in the 22nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Rather than accept a signing bonus of about $200,000, he enrolled at the University of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team.[4] In 2010, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[5]

Professional career

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays selected DeSclafani in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB draft.[6] He received a $250,000 signing bonus.[7] In 2012, he pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League.[8] He was 11–3 with a 3.37 ERA, and his 11 wins tied for 4th in the league as his 1.8 walks/9 innings tied for 9th.[9]

Miami Marlins (2012-14)

After the 2012 season, the Blue Jays traded DeSclafani, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, and Jake Marisnick to the Miami Marlins, receiving Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio in exchange.[6] DeSclafani pitched for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League in 2013. He pitched to a 9–6 win–loss record and a 2.65 earned run average in 129 innings across both levels, averaging 1.6 walks/9 innings. He was named a Florida State League mid-season All Star.[10] The Marlins named him their minor league pitcher of the year after the season, and he was named an MILB.com Miami Organization All Star.[11][10]

DeSclafani began the 2014 season with Jacksonville, after being ranked by Baseball America as the Marlins' fifth-best prospect.[12] The Marlins promoted him to the major leagues to make his debut on May 14 with a win against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. DeSclafani struck out seven and also had two hits in the game.[8] He was optioned back to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on August 16, with the return of Henderson Álvarez.[13] During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 11, DeSclafani was ejected for the first time in his MLB career after intentionally hitting Carlos Gómez with a pitch. The next day, DeSclafani was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB.[14]

In the majors in 2014 he made 5 starts and 8 relief appearances, and in the minors he was 6-7, 3.78 ERA in 19 starts and one relief appearance for Class AA Jacksonville and Class AAA New Orleans.[12] After the season he pitched for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League and was 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings, and was second in the AFL in strikeouts.[12]

Cincinnati Reds (2015–2020)

DeSclafani in 2015

On December 11, 2014, the Marlins traded DeSclafani and Chad Wallach to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Mat Latos.[15] DeSclafani earned his first win as a Reds pitcher and, subsequently, the first win for a starting pitcher for the Reds in 2015 with a 3–2 win over the Cubs on April 14, 2015. He pitched in 31 starts for the Reds, finishing with a record of 9–13 and a 4.05 ERA in 184.2 innings. He was named to the Baseball America Major League All-Rookie Team.[10]

In 2016, he had 20 starts after a few stints on the disabled list, and went 9–5 (which included a shutout) with a 3.28 ERA in 123.1 innings.[16]

In 2017, DeSclafani experienced pain in his right elbow at the beginning of spring training. He was diagnosed with tendinitis and was immediately shut down.[17] He was later diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow (UCL),[18] and began the season on the disabled list. The Reds sent him on a minor league rehab assignment at the end of July, but a reoccurrence of the tendinitis ended the rehab stint.[19] His UCL had recovered.[20] He went on the 60-day disabled list, which effectively ended his season without him appearing in an MLB game.[21]

After missing almost 2 years because of multiple injuries, DeSclafani was activated to start on June 5, 2018, against the Colorado Rockies.[22] In a June 23 game against the Chicago Cubs, DeSclafani hit a grand slam off of Brian Duensing. The last Reds pitcher to hit a grand slam was Bob Purkey, also against the Cubs, in 1959.[23][24] DeSclafani was the starting pitcher and earned the win as the Reds defeated the Cubs 11–2. He completed the remainder of the season, starting 21 games, posting a 7–8 record with a 4.93 ERA in 115 innings.[10] His curveball spin rate was in the lowest 1% in baseball.[25]

In 2019, Desclafani played a full season, pitching third in the Reds' starting rotation behind Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. He started 31 games, with a 9–9 record and a 3.89 ERA in 166.2 innings in which he struck out 167 batters while walking 49.[10]

On July 23, 2020, one day into the quarantine-shortened season, the Reds placed Desclafani on the 10-day injured list with a strained back muscle. He was activated August 2, making his first start of the season that afternoon. In the shortened 2020 season, in 33.2 innings he was 1–2 with a 7.22 ERA.[10] His curveball spin rate was in the lowest 1% in baseball.[26]

San Francisco Giants (2021–present)

On December 16, 2020, the San Francisco Giants signed DeSclafani to a one-year $6 million contract.[27] On April 26, 2021, he threw a complete game shutout against the Colorado Rockies with 9 strikeouts, winning 12–0.[28]

In the 2021 regular season, he was 13–7 with 2 shutouts (tied for the National League lead) and a 3.17 ERA in 31 starts covering 167.2 innings.[16] He was 10th in the NL in wins, as a batter he was 10th in sacrifice hits (7), and on defense he tied for the NL lead among pitchers with a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000.[16]

On November 22, 2021, DeSclafani re-signed with the Giants on a 3 year, $36 million contract.[29]

DeSclafani missed most of the 2022 after undergoing right ankle surgery, to set a subluxed peroneal tendon in his drive ankle, following a start of the season in which in six starts he was 0-2 and had a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings.[30][31]

Personal life

DeSclafani and his wife, Lauren, married in January 2019.[32] They had their first child, a son, in August 2020.[33] They reside in Freehold, New Jersey.

See also

  • List of Major League Baseball annual shutout leaders

References

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