Luke Gregerson

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Luke Gregerson
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Gregerson with the Astros in 2017
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-05-14) May 14, 1984 (age 35)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2009, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through May 16, 2019)
Win–loss record 35–36
Earned run average 3.15
Strikeouts 621
Saves 66
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Lucas John Gregerson (born May 14, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played for the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals. He set the major league record for holds in a single season with 40, until Joel Peralta of the Tampa Bay Rays broke the record with 41 holds in 2013. He attended J. Sterling Morton High School West in Berwyn, Illinois, and Saint Xavier University.

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San Diego Padres Baseball Team and Major League Baseball franchise in San Diego, California, United States

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Professional career

Minor Leagues

Gregerson was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 28th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft out of Saint Xavier University. He spent his first professional season between the Rookie-Level Johnson City Cardinals and the Short-Season State College Spikes in 2006. He went 0–1 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games with Johnson City and 6–1 with a 1.72 ERA in 12 games with State College.

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Saint Xavier University four-year, coeducational institution of higher learning located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States

Saint Xavier University (SXU) is a four-year, coeducational institution of higher learning located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States.

In 2007, Gregerson split the season between the Advanced-A Palm Beach Cardinals and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. With Palm Beach he went 3–4 with a 1.97 ERA in 53 games and with Springfield he was perfect in his only inning of work.

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Springfield Cardinals Minor League Baseball team

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Gregerson spent the entire 2008 season with Double-A Springfield of the Texas League. He went 7–6 with a 3.35 ERA, 10 saves in 7513 innings pitched in 57 games.

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San Diego Padres

Before the 2009 season, Gregerson was traded to the San Diego Padres along with Mark Worrell for Khalil Greene. [1]

The 2009 San Diego Padres season was the 41st season in franchise history.

Mark Worrell American baseball player

Mark Robert Worrell is an American former professional baseball pitcher.

Khalil Greene American baseball player

Khalil Thabit Greene is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He bats and throws right-handed.

Gregerson spent the entire season with the Padres, going 2–4 with a 3.24 ERA with one save in seven save opportunities in 72 games and striking out 93 in 75 innings. On June 16, Gregerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list for tendinitis in his right shoulder [2] and missed about a month of the season. On September 24, 2009, he picked up his first Major League save against the Colorado Rockies. [3]

Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise in Denver, Colorado, United States

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

In 2010, Gregerson solidified his role as the regular seventh-inning relief man for the Padres, appearing before Mike Adams and Heath Bell in close games. He temporarily moved to the eighth inning in late July and early August while Adams was on the disabled list. On September 23, 2010, Gregerson worked a perfect seventh to set the major league record for holds in a single season with 37. [4] He extended the record to 40 by the end of the season. [5] Gregerson finished the season with a 3.22 ERA and 89 strike-outs against 18 walks in 7813 innings.

Gregerson again began 2011 as the Padres regular seventh-inning man. He was 2–1 with a 2.63 ERA on June 7 when he was sidelined for a month with a strained right oblique. [6] On July 9, 2011, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gregerson entered the game in the ninth inning after Aaron Harang, Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, and Mike Adams combined to pitch eight innings without allowing a hit. Gregerson retired the first two hitters before a double by Juan Uribe on a one ball and two strike count broke up the no hitter. Dioner Navarro then hit a single off Gregerson to score the winning run for the Dodgers. This was the closest the Padres have come to pitching a no-hitter since Steve Arlin in 1972. [7] When Mike Adams was traded to the Texas Rangers at the end of July, Gregerson temporarily moved into the eighth-inning role of set-up man for Bell, but in September he returned to the seventh-inning slot as Qualls took on set-up man duties. Gregerson finished the season with 16 holds and a 2.75 ERA, but there was some concern that his strike-outs dropped to 34 over 5523 innings. [8]

Gregerson had an excellent 2012 with the Padres, including a 23 scoreless inning streak in July and August. [9] He began the year as the seventh-inning man, and then moved to the eighth-inning when Andrew Cashner was converted to starter. He moved into the closer's role in August when Huston Street was injured, picking up nine saves. Gregerson finished the season with a 2.39 ERA and 72 strike-outs versus 21 walks in 7123 innings.

Gregerson retained the eighth-inning role in the Padres' 2013 season, appearing there in 49 games. [10] He also served as closer for a short stretch in early June when Street was on the disabled list. Gregerson finished the season with a 2.71 ERA and 64 strike-outs in 6613 innings.

Oakland Athletics

On December 3, 2013, Gregerson was traded to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Seth Smith. [11] Gregerson would start his first season with the A's as the teams set up man. However, after multiple poor April outings by A's closer Jim Johnson, Gregerson would begin sharing the A's closing duties with fellow pitcher Sean Doolittle. On April 16, Gregerson blew the save in a 2 inning outing against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels would go on to win 5-4. Gregerson would redeem himself on April 20, pitching a hit-less inning and earning his 3rd save of the season in a 4-1 against the Houston Astros. On April 22, Gregerson blew another save and took the loss in a 5-4 defeat to the Texas Rangers, further clouding the future of the A's closer role.

Houston Astros

On December 12, 2014, Gregerson signed a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Houston Astros. [12] The Astros announced Gregerson's signing at the same time as the signing of one of Gregerson's former Padres and Athletics teammates, relief pitcher Pat Neshek. Incentives could boost Gregerson's earnings to $21 million over the three years of the contract. [13] Luke Gregerson had a 3.10 ERA in 2015 and a 3.28 in 2016. Gregerson and teammate Alex Bregman both won the WBC participating with team USA is 2017. Several months later, Gregerson won the 2017 World Series, marking the first time the Astros won the series. [14]

St. Louis Cardinals

On December 13, 2017, Gregerson signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The contract includes a vesting option for the 2020 season. [15] He began the season on the DL due to a pulled hamstring. [16] He was activated off the disabled list but after struggling through 12 appearances, he landed back on the disabled list with right shoulder and elbow soreness. On June 12, 2018, Gregorson underwent surgery on his right knee for a torn meniscus, putting his setback even further. [17] In 2018, Gregerson made 17 relief appearances for St. Louis, compiling a 7.11 ERA. [18]

Gregerson began 2019 on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder impingement. [19] He was designated for assignment on May 17, 2019. He was released on May 20.

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