Lee Matthew Gronkiewicz (pronounced gron-KAY-witz, born August 21, 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is a Major League relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He is 5'10 in height and weighs 200 pounds.
Gronkiewicz attended college first at Spartanburg Methodist College, and then transferred to the University of South Carolina. In 2001, he was selected to the All-SEC team and was a First-team All-American. He led the country in saves that year with 16, and had a 1.42 ERA.
Minor League careerEdit
Gronkiewicz signed with the Cleveland Indians in 2001 as an amateur free agent. He spent four years in Cleveland's minor league system before he was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2004 Rule 5 Draft. In seven minor-league seasons, Gronkiewicz has a career 18-16 record, pitching almost entirely in relief with just one start for the 2007 Syracuse Sky Chiefs, putting up a 2.48 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP along the way. He struck out nearly four times as many batters as he walked (421 strikeouts and 111 walks through 2007).
Major League careerEdit
Gronkiewicz' major league debut (and only major league appearance to date) was on June 19, 2007, when the Blue Jays hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed one run -- a home run to Dodgers catcher Russell Martin -- on two hits, walking two and striking out two, over four innings of work. It turned out to be his only major league game of the season.