Gabe James Speier resides in Santa Barbara, Calif., during the offseason, with his wife, Megan...Graduated from Dos Pueblos High School (Calif.) in 2013...Enjoys surfing during the offseason.
Speier spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Omaha before having his contract selected on Sept. 15... appeared in seven games from Sept. 15-the end of the season with the Royals, allowing just one earned run over 7.2 innings while striking out five and not issuing a walk...Was the only pitcher in MLB to pitch in at least seven games without issuing a walk, and the first Royal to record such a season since 1998 (Bart Evans, 8 games, 9.0 IP)...Anthony Swarzak did not allow a walk in seven games as a Royal, but did in six games with Arizona...Inherited nine runners, including at least one runner in four of seven of his appearances...he and Angels pitcher Jake Petricka became the first two pitchers to appear in seven-or-less games while inheriting nine-plus runners in a single season since Phil Coke and Chris Narveson in 2016, and he became the first Royal to do so since Nate Field (7 games, 9 inherited runners) in 2005...Picked off MLB stolen base champion Starling Marte on Sept. 16 as he attempted to swipe second base, marking his first career pickoff...Ranked second on the Storm Chasers and tied for seventh in Triple-A East with 45 appearances...went 3-0 with a 2.98 ERA (15 ER in 45.1 IP), 57 strikeouts and just nine walks in Triple-A...also notched five saves...Was the only pitcher in Minor League Baseball to appear in at least 45 games and walk less than 10 batters...Limited left-handed hitters to a .207 average and .508 OPS with Omaha, allowing three total extra-base hits to lefties in 97 plate appearances.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time and pitched in eight of the club’s first 25 games before being optioned postgame on Aug. 19…spent the remainder of the season at the Royals’ Alternate Training Site in Kansas City, Kansas...Allowed a run in four of his eight outings, but his only outings of at least 1.0 inning were scoreless, on July 27 at Detroit and Aug. 2 vs. the White Sox...Suffered his first career loss in Game 1 of the Aug. 15 doubleheader in Minnesota, as his inherited runner scored the go-ahead run after he exited...Right-handed batters hit .529 (9-for-17), but he held left handers hitless in nine at-bats, extending his hitless streak vs. left handers to 15 at-bats dating back to a double by Matt Olson on Sept. 16, 2019 at Oakland… he’s retired 15 of 19 lefties faced since then, allowing four walks...Designated for assignment on Nov. 20, before being sent outright to Omaha (AAA).
Made his big league debut on Sept. 5 vs. Detroit and appeared in nine games with the Royals…pitched to a 7.36 ERA (6 ER in 7.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts (12.27 K/9), holding the opposition to a .185 average (5-for-27) ... His first four appearances were scoreless, before surrendering three runs in the eighth inning on Sept. 14 vs. Houston…recorded all three outs via strikeout in the frame ... Held right-handed batters to a .133 average (2-for-15), while lefties were 3-for-12 (.250) against him…also held the opposition to a .167 average (2-for-12) in his three home appearances ... Opened the year at Northwest Arkansas (AA), before being promoted to Omaha (AAA) on May 30…combined to go 1-5 with a 4.48 ERA (31 ER in 62.1 IP) with 73 strikeouts (10.54 K/9) in 47 minor league appearances ... With Omaha, held left-handed batters to a .161 average (9- for-56), while he fanned 16 of them.
Acquired by Kansas City with RHP Elvis Luciano from Arizona for OF Jon Jay on June 6 ... Allowed just three home runs in 61.0 innings with Jackson (AA) and Northwest Arkansas (AA), good for a 0.4 HR/9.
Recorded a career-high 69.0 innings with just four home runs allowed (0.5 HR/9) in 36 appearances with Jackson (AA).
Made 10 appearances for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, after posting a 2.62 ERA (17 ER in 58.1 IP) over 39 appearances across four levels during the regular season ... Did not allow a home run over the first 99.1 innings (59 appearances) of his career across three-plus seasons, including 4.0 innings in 2013, 29.0 innings in 2014, 44.0 innings in 2015 and 22.1 innings to begin 2016.