DOB: 07/20/1989 (Age 26)
Place Of Birth: Buffalo, New York
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin Siegrist grew up in Wellington, Florida although he was born in New York. He attended Wellington High School, where he played baseball for most of his high school career. After failing to receive any scholarships to play college baseball, Siegrist decided to walk on to the Palm Beach State College baseball team. In a funny turn of events, Siegrist was actually scouted by accident after one scout was looking at one of Siegrist's teammates and noticed Siegrist pitching well.
In 2008, the Cardinals selected Siegrist in the 41st round of the MLB Draft. Siegrist battled his way through the minor leagues for almost five full seasons before finally making his Major League debut on June 6, 2013. Many might see Siegrist's long stint in the minor leagues as a sign of inconsistency, but in reality most players drafted after the 40th Round of the MLB Draft don't ever make it up to the majors.
Since his debut, Siegrist has been a solid set-up man for Trevor Rosenthal and a consistent force in the Cardinals bullpen. Siegrist has been a part of some playoff teams, and pitched key innings in St. Louis. He has definitely earned every bit of his time in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform.
As A Player
Position(s): Relief Pitcher
Bats: L Throws: L
Career W/L Record & ERA: 11-6, 2.68
Kevin Siegrist has been a very reliable pitcher in his three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, using his fastball, circle changeup, and slider to confuse opposing hitters. His fastball can get all the way up to 95 mph, causing a lot of swings and misses. His breaking pitches are very deceptive, leading to a nice balance of a heater that can blow you away and two different breaking pitches that can make you look silly.
Siegrist has had some durability and command issues in the past, but that is fairly normal for pitchers that make the jump to the MLB after spending a few seasons in the minors. At 6' 5", Siegrist's commanding frame allows him to elevate his high-powered fastball. Siegrist definitely fares better against lefties, although he's not much of a slouch against right-handed hitters either. In the end, Siegrist has made himself into a dominant set-up man for the Cardinals after being just a 41st Round pick.