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Donald Zackary Greinke is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Royals selected Greinke in 2002 MLB draft after he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award as a high school senior. After playing in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2004. His career was practically thwarted by his battles with depression and stress and anxiety in 2005– 2006, and he missed most of the 2006 season. He returned in 2007 as a relief pitcher before rejoining the starting rotation in 2008 and developing into one of the top pitchers in the game. In 2009, he appeared in the MLB All-Star Game, led the major leagues in earned run average, and won the American League Cy Young Award.
Greinke was chosen in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals, who felt he was a sleek player who could move quickly through their system. Greinke turned down a scholarship offer from Clemson University to sign with the Royals for a $2.5 million signing bonus.
On December 8, 2015, Greinke signed a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Greinke began on Opening Day 2016 at Chase Field versus the Colorado Rockies; he gave up seven runs in four innings, consisting of 2 home runs to rookie shortstop Trevor Story, who was making his MLB debut. The Diamondbacks lost the game 10– 5. In his second start, on April 9, Greinke matched up versus Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs. He allowed 3 runs in the first inning, and struggled through the rest of his outing. The Diamondbacks lost the game 4– 2. Greinke got his first win as a Diamondback on April 19, 2016 against the San Francisco Giants, allowing just one run in over 6 innings of work. On July 3, 2016, Greinke was put on the 15-day disabled list due to a left oblique strain. On August 24, 2016, he recorded his 2000th career strikeout in the Diamondbacks’ 10– 9 win over Atlanta Braves. Greinke finished his first year a disappointment for the fourth place Diamondbacks, anticipated by numerous to be the favorites to win the division, completing 13-7, however with a 4.37 ERA in 158 2/3 innings.
In 2017 nevertheless, Greinke got off to an exceptional start and was picked to the NL All-Star game, his fourth All-Star choice. At the time of his choice he was 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 109 1/3 innings with 128 strikeouts (10.21 strikeouts per nine innings), with a WHIP of 1.02 and a .219 opponents batting average.