Born September 5, 1975, Randy Choate plays Major League Baseball for the St Louis Cardinals as their pitcher. He is a left-handed pitcher, makes a sidearm delivery, and he mainly pitches sliders and sinking fastballs. He excels in inducing ground balls from left-handers, especially in double plays, and his sinker induces 71.4% ground ball rate. He delivers the slider with a sideways movement, which induces a swing-and-miss rate of 19.5%.
Choate was a baseball letterman in school, and while attending college he earned second team and third team College All-American, and All-Star Atlantic Coast Conference. He started his professional career when New York Yankees drafted him in 1997, and he pitched for Oneonta Yankees, Tampa Yankees, and Greensboro Bats. In 2000, he was promoted to play for Columbus Clippers, a Triple-A team.
In July 2000, Choate made his debut in MLB, playing against Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and retired one batman that he faced. He went on to play 22 games that season, and posted a record of 0-1, and ERA of 4.76. In the following two years, Choate performed even more poorly, posting an ERA of 6.23 in 23 games. In December 2003, Choate was traded to the Montreal Expos, who in turn traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in March 2004. In that season, he played 74 games posting a 2-4 record and 4.62 ERA.
In November 2007, Choate was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers for one year, but in 2008 was injured and spent most of this time in rehab assignments. In January 2009, Tampa Bay Rays signed him to play minor league, and he posted the first save of his career in May, while playing against Minnesota Twins. In 2011-2012, Choate was with the Miami Marlins, and in July 2012, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In December 2012, Choate signed a contract worth $7.5 million with St Louis Cardinals for three years.Continue reading "Randy Choate"