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Player: Vasto, Jerry

Card: 2015 Grandstand Asheville Tourists #28 (autographed)

Position: LHP

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Jerry Vasto (born February 12, 1992 in Atlantic Highlands, NJ) is a professional baseball pitcher who has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals. Jerry played collegiate baseball at Felician University, the only college to offer him a scholarship. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 24th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

He made his professional debut that same year with the Tri-City Dust Devils, pitching one scoreless inning and compiling one strikeout. In 2015, he made 46 relief appearances for the Asheville Tourists where he earned his first Minor League All Star Appearance. In 2016, he was called up to play with the Modesto Nuts and Hartford Yard Goats. earning his second Minor League All Star appearance.

Vasto was called up and spent 2017 with the Albuquerque Isotopes, where at one point in the season he had major success and ranked #30 in the Rockies top prospects list. However, due to injuries and major second half struggles, his stats declined. In 2018 with the Albuquerque Isotopes, he improved tremendously and compiled a 3.16 earned run average with 44 strikeouts in 37 relief appearances.

He was called up to the majors for the first time on June 10, 2018, and he made his major league debut for the Rockies that same day against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jerry recorded his first major league strikeout against the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay, but overall struggled in his debut as he allowed 3 hits, 3 earned runs, and a walk in only 2/3 innings pitched. He was optioned back to Albuquerque on June 14.

On August 31, 2018, Vasto was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for catcher Drew Butera. Jerry made one appearance with the Omaha Storm Chasers before getting called up on September 4. He made debut that same night and recorded his first Royals strikeout against Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer. Jerry finished his 2018 Royals season with three strikeouts and a 2.45 earned run average in 3 2/3 innings pitched.

On October 31, 2018, Vasto was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs, but was released on March 29, 2021. Jerry is on Twitter: @JerryVasto

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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