Zack Stuart Littell (pronounced lah-TELL)...Twitter: @z_littell...Instagram: @z_littell...2013 graduated from Eastern Alamance High School (NC), where he was a two-sport athlete, also playing tight end on the football team...was committed to play at Appalachian State University before signing with the Mariners in 2013.
Was in Twins spring training, second of career...optioned to Triple-A Rochester March 14 where he began the season....Recalled by Minnesota for first time on May 24...had five different stints with the Twins over the season....Allowed a career-high eight runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of relief May 30 at Tampa Bay...aside from this appearance, posted a 0.83 ERA (32.2 IP, 3 ER) in his other 28 major league games combined....Earned first major league win June 18 vs. Boston, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings....Held opponents scoreless in 24 of 27 appearances from June 18-end of season, including a stretch of 10-straight scoreless outings June 18-July 19 (11.0 IP)....Led all Twins relievers in wins, going 6-0 in 29 games...is one of just three Twins to pitch solely out of the bullpen and win at least six games without a loss, joining Joe Nathan (7-0 in 2006; 64 games) and LaTroy Hawkins (6-0 in 2002; 65 games)....Made two relief appearances in ALDS vs. New York-AL...made Postseason debut in Game 1 October 1 at Yankee Stadium, allowing two runs in 0.0 innings and was dealt the loss...made second appearance in Game 2 October 2 at Yankee Stadium, pitching 0.1 inning.
Was in Twins spring training, the first of his career...optioned to Double-A Chattanooga March 9...Was Lookouts Opening Day starter April 5 vs. Birmingham, allowing two runs on five hits in 4.1 innings pitched and did not factor into the decision...Made five starts for the Lookouts before being promoted to Triple-A Rochester May 4 (Fernando Romero recalled by Minnesota from Rochester)...Made five starts for the Red Wings May 5-28, going 1-1, 2.57 ERA (28.0 IP, 8 ER) with 10 walks and 30 strikeouts, earning a recall to Minnesota as 26th man for doubleheader with Chicago-AL...Made major league debut, starting game two of a doubleheader vs. Chicago-AL, allowing six runs on six hits in 3.0 innings pitched and was dealt the loss...struck out first batter faced, fanning Yoán Moncada...transferred to Rochester after game...Made four starts for Red Wings before being recalled again July 2 to make one appearance for Twins...transferred back to Rochester next day...Made 10 more starts for the Red Wings, going 5-3, 4.09 ERA (55.0 IP, 25 ER) and was recalled September 2 when rosters expanded...Made six appearances for the Twins in September, one as a starter, two as a Primary Pitcher...Combined to go 6-11, 4.27 ERA (149.2 IP, 71 ER) with 58 walks and 144 strikeouts in 32 games (22 starts) between Minnesota, Rochester and Chattanooga.
Began season with Single-A Tampa (New York-AL) ... Named Midseason All-Star while at Tampa ... Promoted to Double-A Trenton June 14 and went 5-0, 2.05 ERA (44.0 IP, 10 ER) in seven starts ... Acquired by Minnesota along with left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns on July 30, in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jaime García; assigned to Double-A Chattanooga ... Combined to go 14-1, 1.89 ERA (114.1 IP, 24 ER) in 20 games (18 starts) between both levels in the Yankee organization prior to trade ... Made seven starts for the Lookouts in August, going 5-0, 2.81 ERA (41.2 IP, 13 ER) ... Combined to go 19-1, 2.12 ERA (157.0 IP, 37 ER) with 41 walks and 142 strikeouts in 27 games (25 starts) between Tampa, Trenton and Chattanooga ... MiLB.com Fans' Choice for Best Starting Pitcher while at Chattanooga.
Began season with Single-A Clinton (Seattle)...named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week June 6, going 2-0, 0.00 ERA (14.0 IP) with two walks and 17 strikeouts in two starts...promoted to Double-A Bakersfield July 4...named MiLB.com California League Player of the Month for July after going 4-0, 0.84 ERA (32.0 IP, 3 ER) with 25 strikeouts in five starts...named California League Pitcher of the Week August 15 after pitching 7.0 scoreless innings with four hits allowed and seven strikeouts August 17 vs. San Jose...made one postseason start in a Game 2 win in the first round vs. San Jose and strikeout 11 batters while allowing just one earned run in 7.1 innings pitched...combined to appear in 28 games (27 starts) between Single-A Clinton and Single-A Bakersfield, going 13-6, 2.66 ERA (165.2 IP, 49 ER)...led Mariners minor leaguers in innings pitched and strikeouts and ranked second in ERA and wins...one of six minor league pitchers to record a sub-3.00 ERA with at least 150 strikeouts...traded from Seattle to New York-AL on November 18, 2016, in exchange for left-handed pitcher James Pazos.
Spent season with Single-A Clinton (Seattle)...went 3-6, 3.91 ERA (112.2 IP, 49 ER) in 21 starts for Lumberkings...recorded first career double-digit strikeout game June 6 vs. Bowling Green (6.0 IP, 10 K).
Spent entire season at Rookie Pulaski (Seattle), where he went 5-5, 4.52 ERA (69.2 IP, 35 ER) in 13 starts...led Appalachian League in strikeouts (64), ranked second in innings pitched and led Appalachian League starters in walks-per-9.0 IP (1.55).
Played first professional season with AZL Mariners, going 0-6, 5.94 ERA (33.1 IP, 22 ER) in 10 games (7 starts)