Sam Gaviglio

Position: RHP
Born: 05/22/90
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Acquired: Acquired via trade from the Cardinals on November 20, 2014, for 2B Ty Kelly (SEA). Originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (STL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2-3 with a 3.31 ERA at Tacoma (Triple-A) in five starts including one complete game, striking out 16 while walking three in 32 2/3 innings, allowing 31 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Tacoma May 10 when RHP Hisashi Iwakuma went on the 10-day DL and RHP Evan Marshall was transferred to the 60-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 05/11/17

Debut Details
May 11, in a 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays. The last of three pitchers, he allowed one run on two hits in two innings, striking out four without walking a batter. Of 30 pitches, 25 were for strikes. Coming on to start the bottom of the seven inning in place of left-handed reliever Zac Curtis, he struck out Ezequiel Carrera swinging and got Jose Bautista to ground out to third base before Justin Smoak hit a solo homer to center field. Steve Pearce then struck out swinging. In the eighth, Ryan Goins flied out to left before Devon Travis doubled to left, but he was stranded after Darwin Barney struck out on a foul tip, and Luke Maile struck out looking.

Player Notes
The Oregon native, drafted out of Oregon State by the Cardinals in 2011, has worked primarily as a starter in the minors but is now looking to hold down the long-relief role in Seattle, at least for now. Gaviglio, who was a member of Team Italy in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and made one start in the event, comes off of a 2016 season in which he combined between Jackson (Double-A) and Tacoma to go 8-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 28 games, 26 of them starts, pitching a career-high 165 innings and striking out 123 while walking 36 and giving up 163 hits. A sinker/slider pitcher, his ascent was slowed by an assortment of injuries which most notably shortened his 2013 campaign.