Spring Training 07: Lee Gronkiewicz Interview

InsideTheDome recently caught up with Lee Gronkiewicz for an audio interview about his 2006 season, his time spent in the Mexican Winter League, and his chances to break through to the big leagues.

If you look at his numbers you might not think there is anything special about Gronkiewicz. The 28-year-old finished 2006 with a 3.27 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse, but the numbers are skewed. Over a period of three days in late July, Gronkiewcz had perhaps his two worst outing of his career. On July 23 he allowed three runs in 2/3 innings, and two days later he allotted four runs, without recording an out. If you eliminate those two outs Gronkiewicz' ERA drops to 1.88.

Injuries played a role in his 2006 season causing him to miss about a month of the season in May. Plagued by a bad back, the right-hander came back and still pitched effectively, but he understands the injury possibly derailed a dream.

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