26-year-old John Patrick Sears, an American professional baseball pitcher with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was born on February 19, 1996. In 2022, he made his MLB debut.
Sears attended The Citadel and played college baseball for The Citadel Bulldogs after graduating from Wilson Hall High School in Sumter, South Carolina.
He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners. He signed with the Everett AquaSox and the Clinton LumberKings for his first professional season, going 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA in 27+23 innings.
On November 18, 2017, Sears along with Juan Then was traded to the New York Yankees for Nick Rumbelow. He spent the 2018 season with the Charleston RiverDogs, starting ten games and going 1-5 with a 2.67 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 54 innings.
In 2019, he pitched for the Tampa Tarpons and went 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA over 48+2⁄3 innings. He did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the season.
He split the 2021 season between the Somerset Patriots and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, going 10-2 with a 3.46 ERA over 25 games (18 starts), striking out 136 batters over 104 innings.
The Yankees added Sears to their 40-man roster after the 2021 season. He made the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2022 and made his major league debut on April 13. Sears earned his first major league win on April 16 but was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game.