Kyle Lotzkar

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Kyle Lotzkar
Pitcher
Born: (1989-10-24) October 24, 1989 (age 29)
Tsawwassen, British Columbia
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Canada
Baseball World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Panama City National team
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara National team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto National team

Kyle S. Lotzkar (born October 24, 1989) is a Canadian former minor league baseball pitcher. Lotzkar has also competed for the Canadian national baseball team.

Career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Lotzkar attended South Delta Secondary School in Delta, British Columbia. He played youth baseball for the Langley Blaze of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League.[1]

Professional career[edit]

The Cincinnati Reds selected Lotzkar in the supplemental first round, with the 53rd overall selection, of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. The Reds signed Lotzkar to a contract with a $600,000 signing bonus.[2] He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Reds of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Billings Mustangs of the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2007. In 2008, he pitched for the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League in 2008. He fractured his elbow in 2008.[3][4] As a result, Lotzkar had Tommy John surgery.[3] He missed the 2009 season, and only appeared in twelve games in 2010 for Cincinnati's Rookie-level affiliates. He pitched for Dayton in 2011, rated as the 10th best prospect in the Reds' organization by Baseball America.[5] Lotzkar was added to the Reds' 40 man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America rated Lotzkar the 30th best prospect in the Reds' organization.[6] He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[7]

Lotzkar was designated for assignment by the Reds on September 16, 2013. He was released on September 24, 2013. In October 23, Lotzkar signed with the Texas Rangers.[8] The Rangers released him in June 2015.[2]

International career[edit]

Lotzkar played for the Canadian national baseball team.[9] In 2011, he participated in the 2011 Baseball World Cup,[10] winning the bronze medal, and the Pan American Games, winning the gold medal.[11] He also competed for the Canadian Junior National Team in 2007[12] and was on Canada's provisional roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic,[13] but did not make the final roster.[14]

Pitching style[edit]

Lotzkar throws four-seam and two-seam fastballs (92–95 mph), a slider, and a changeup.[15] In the minors, he has had high walk (4.2) and strikeout (10.6) rates.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B.C.'s best pitching prospects show stuff, then hold breath". Canada.com. June 7, 2007. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ a b http://www.delta-optimist.com/sports/lotzkar-makes-rare-home-appearance-1.1985595
  3. ^ a b Rallo, Curt (June 23, 2011). "MWL notes: Lotzkar learns from injury | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Journal-News: Dayton, Ohio, news and information[dead link]
  5. ^ "Dragons pitching coach pleased with Lotzkar". Springfieldnewssun.com. August 5, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  6. ^ 01/27/12 at 1:39pm by John Fay   Comments (January 27, 2012). "Baseball America rates Reds' prospects | Cincinnati Reds". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (May 24, 2013). "Prospects pack rosters for 2012 All-Star Futures Game | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  8. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 24, 2013). "Minor League Transactions: Oct. 16-23". Baseball America.
  9. ^ nurun.com. "Molina gives Jays walk-off win | Bob Elliott | Columnists | Sports | London Free Press". Lfpress.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Canada advances at IBAF World Cup". sportsnet.ca. October 8, 2011. Archived from the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ Emrich, Robert (October 26, 2011). "Van Ostrand, Canada take Pan Am gold". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Baseball - Canada: Astros beat Canucks 11-6". Slam.canoe.ca. April 23, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  13. ^ EndPlay (January 22, 2009). "Former Dragons Headed to WBC". Wdtn.com. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "World Baseball Classic final rosters | MLB.com (pdf)" (PDF). Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  15. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Kyle Lotzkar". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  16. ^ "Kyle Lotzkar Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.

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