Road To The Show : Jarrett Grube

It may have taken 11 years in the minor leagues and two with an independent baseball team, but Jarrett Grube has finally reached the Major Leagues. Here is his story.

May 31st, 2014 at 3:30 PM, Pacific Standard Time, the announcement is made that the contract of Jarrett Grube has been selected by the Los Angeles Angels, and he is finally a Major Leaguer.

Jarrett Grube's story is slightly different from others though, as Grube has had quite the road to the majors, which began in 2004, when he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 10th round out of the University of Memphis.

Grube spent six seasons in the Rockies farm system, reaching Triple-A in his final five games with the organization before being released.

Grube continued to explore options, signing with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs independent baseball team, where he spent the latter part of the 2009 season, and early part of the 2010 season before someone in the Seattle Mariners organization took notice and signed him to a minor league deal.

Jarrett spent two and a half seasons jumping between the Mariners Double-A and Triple-A affiliates before his time with Seattle was over.

In the middle of the 2012 season, Angels scouts found something special in Grube over the season though and they signed him to a minor league deal over the season, and gave him a shot at making the club.

Over that next off-season, Jarrett married his bride to be, Alyssa, on January 12th, and found a new level to his game, throwing 149 innings over the season, the most over his professional career. Over those 149 innings, Grube maintained a 4.11 ERA and 1.362 WHIP.

Grube set the pace with a blistering Spring Training in 2014, and found his way to the top of the Angels Triple-A affiliate rotation. There, he posted the best numbers of his entire career, going 61.1 innings with a 3.52 ERA and 1.141 WHIP. In his final start before being called up to the show, Grube threw 102 pitches in 6.2 innings, and only five were hit. He struck out six while walking three and earned himself the win while not allowing a single run.

Jarrett Grube, at 32-years, and 205 days of age, has his first call to the show, where he will join the Los Angeles Angels who face the Oakland Athletics in an early-season battle for first place in the American League Western Division.

All of us here at want to wish a loud and happy congratulations to both Jarrett and Alyssa Grube on reaching their quest to the Major Leagues.

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