Triston McKenzie

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83+13innings pitched between the two teams. [6] In 2017, McKenzie played for the Lynchburg Hillcats where he posted a 12–6 record with a 3.46 ERA in 25 games started. [7] [8] That same year, he pitched in the All-Star Futures Game. [9] [10] In 2018, he spent the season with the Akron RubberDucks, going 7–4 with a 2.68 ERA over 90+23 innings. MLB Pipeline ranked McKenzie as Cleveland's first ranked prospect entering into the 2019 season. [11] In 2019, he missed the season due to lat and pectoral muscle strains. [12] Following the season, McKenzie was added to the Indians 40-man roster. [13]

On August 22, 2020, McKenzie made his major league debut against the Detroit Tigers, striking out ten batters in six innings; McKenzie's 10 strikeouts in his debut performance are the second most by an Indians pitcher in their first major league start. [14] [15] With the 2020 Cleveland Indians, McKenzie appeared in 8 games, compiling a 2–1 record with 3.24 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 33+13 innings pitched. [16]

McKenzie began the 2021 season as a member of Cleveland's starting rotation. On May 22, 2021, McKenzie was optioned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers after compiling a 1–3 record, a 6.89 ERA, and 30 walks over 31+13 innings. [17] McKenzie was recalled on May 31, and in that day’s game against the Chicago White Sox, he set the Indians franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts, punching out 8 White Sox hitters in a row.

McKenzie was demoted again after a poor outing on June 12, due in great part to his high rate of walking batters. He wouldn’t be recalled until a spot start on July 9, in which he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out nine Kansas City Royals batters.

Personal

McKenzie's younger brother, T.J., was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 39th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft and currently plays college baseball at Vanderbilt University. [18]

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Triston McKenzie
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McKenzie with the Cleveland Indians in 2020
Cleveland Guardians – No. 24
Pitcher
Born: (1997-08-02) August 2, 1997 (age 24)
Brooklyn, New York
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 2020, for the Cleveland Indians