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Dustin McGowan

Toronto Blue Jays — No. 29
Starting Pitcher
Born: March 24, 1982 (1982-03-24) (age 27)
Savannah, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 30, 2005 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2008)
Win–Loss     20–22
Earned Run Average     4.71
Strikeouts     285
Teams

Dustin Michael McGowan (born March 24, 1982, Savannah, Georgia) is a baseball player, currently a pitcher for Toronto Blue Jays. Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Long County High School in Ludowici, Georgia in the 1st round with 33rd pick of the draft on June 4, 2000. He made his major-league debut on July 30, 2005 against the Texas Rangers and received a no decision when he logged 5 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 6, the most number of strikeouts by a Toronto starter in his Major League debut at the time.[1] Marc Rzepczynski had seven in his debut on 7 July 2009 versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Pitch repertoire

McGowan throws primarily a four-seam fastball in the 94–96 mph range and sometimes as fast as 98 mph. He uses his above-average velocity fastball to challenge hitters at the plate, and throws a sinking fastball as well a 4-seamer. McGowan also throws a hard slider that ranges in the high 80s to 90 mph, a power curve with great tumbling action, and a change-up with good late movement as well.

One of McGowan's vulnerabilities is his slow delivery, as his high leg kick makes him susceptible to base-stealers. McGowan allowed 29 stolen bases in 27 starts in 2007, and only one runner was caught stealing while he was on the mound.

2005–2006 seasons

McGowan bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation during his first 2 seasons with the Blue Jays. He struggled in his rookie season following his impressive Major League debut, posting a 6.35 ERA in 13 games including 7 starts. At the beginning of the 2006 season, McGowan was recalled by the Blue Jays from the SkyChiefs to take the place of the struggling reliever Jason Frasor. In his second stint with the team McGowan struggled once again and was optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse on May 11 to work as a starter.

In 2005 Baseball America named him the #1 prospect in the Blue Jays' farm system and he was considered one of the cornerstones of the Blue Jays' future. However, his slow development, and in particular his lack of control, stirred up trade rumors during the 2006 off-season, while he had previously been off-limits to potential trades.

2007 season

McGowan would have been eligible to be claimed off waivers had he not made the 2007 Blue Jays 25-man roster out of Spring Training, but the Blue Jays were granted another minor-league option year for him. This enabled McGowan to be sent down to the minors, if necessary, without being exposed to waivers during the 2007 season.[2]

McGowan started the 2007 season impressively for the Syracuse Chiefs in AAA. Despite an 0–2 record at the end of April, he had a 1.64 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 22 innings. This led to a call-up to the Blue Jays rotation in early May after an injury to Gustavo Chacin. On June 19, 2007, he was rocked for six runs on 8 hits over one and two-thirds innings in a 10–1 Jays defeat, and took the loss. He would redeem himself in his next start on June 24, 2007, as he had a no-hitter in the first 8 innings against the Colorado Rockies at Rogers Centre, allowing only an 0–1 single to the first batter he faced in the ninth, designated hitter Jeff Baker, making him just the 6th pitcher in franchise history to carry a no-hitter into the 9th inning. He went on to record a shutout, the first of his career as well as his first complete game. On September 7, 2007 McGowan recorded a career high 12 strikeouts against Tampa Bay Devil Rays, while giving up just 2 runs in 8 innings of work.

"That was fun to watch. All along, ever since they drafted this kid, they've been expecting stuff like this from him, and he's certainly capable. Today was one of the better games I've seen him throw. He had everything going." said catcher Gregg Zaun, who caught McGowan's complete game shutout.

McGowan finished the 2007 season with a 12–10 record and a respectable 4.08 ERA. Of his 27 games, 18 of them were quality starts, and he ranked second on the team with 169.2 innings pitched and 144 strikeouts to solidify his place as the number three starter in Toronto's rotation behind ace Roy Halladay and AJ Burnett, where he began the 2008 campaign.

Because of diabetes, McGowan now wears prescription lenses to improve his vision in low-light conditions.[3]

2008 season

McGowan had compiled a 6–7 record with an ERA of 4.37 and 85 strikeouts prior to the all-star break, but on July 8, he was forced to leave the game early with pain in his shoulder. On July 10, he was put on the 15 day disabled list and then on July 26, it was announced that McGowan would undergo season-ending surgery to repair fraying of the labrum in his shoulder. He is expected to return during the 2009 season, but his recovery has been slower than initially anticipated. McGowan began throwing from level ground in early May 2009.

On 9 July 2009, McGowan had knee surgery to repair articular cartilage damage,[4] requiring six weeks of recovery before continuing his rehabilition programme.[4]

2010 Season

It was reported that Dustin McGowan will be ready to go for the 2010 season after missing all of 2009 with shoulder and knee injuries. [5]

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