HOUSTON, Texas – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong from AAA Tacoma. Left-handed reliever Dillon Overton has been placed on the paternity list and will rejoin the team following the birth of his first child. The paternity list allows for players to miss one to three days.
De Jong will be in uniform (#35) and available for tonight’s (5:10 PT) season-opener at the Houston Astros.
De Jong would be making his Major League debut should he appear in a game.
De Jong (dee-yong), 23, is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. He was acquired by Seattle from Los Angeles (NL) on March 1. With Seattle, he appeared in 3 games (2 starts) and allowed 5 earned runs in 9.0 innings. De Jong was optioned to AAA Tacoma on March 17. He also made on appearance with the Dodgers this spring, striking out 1 batter and not allowing a run in 2.0 innings.
In 2016, De Jong combined for a 15-5, 2.82 mark in 26 starts with AA Tulsa (14-5, 2.86 in 25 GS) and AAA Oklahoma City (1-0, 1.69 in 1 GS) in the Dodgers minor league system. De Jong struck out a combined 133 batters in 147.0 innings pitched in 2016, while walking only 40. Following the season, he was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year and a Baseball America Double A All-Star.
In five minor league seasons, he is 30-21, 3.43 (448.1 IP, 171 ER) in 93 games, 81 starts. For his minor league career, he has nearly a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, having struck out 416 while walking 106 in 448.1 innings. De Jong was drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 June Draft out of Wilson HS in Long Beach, CA. He was acquired by the Dodgers on July 2, 2015.