Chase Louis De Jong is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
De Jong was chosen in the second round of the 2012 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2017, he debuted in the Major League Baseball.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected De Jong in the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California.
De Jong was sent to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays after signing for a bonus of $620,300 and made 6 relief appearances for the organization, earning a 1–0 record with a 1.50 earned run average and 15 strikeouts over 12 innings with only 1 walk.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, he was promoted to the Bluefield Blue Jays, where he made 13 appearances, 10 of which were starts. De Jong had a 2–3 record with a 3.05 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 56 innings thrown in 2013.
He was promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts in 2014. In 2014, De Jong pitched in 23 games for Lansing, 21 of which were starts, and he went 1–6 with a 4.82 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 97 innings worked.
De Jong started the 2015 season in Lansing, where he went 7–4 with a 3.13 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 86+13 innings.
On July 2, 2015, DeJong was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash. He went 4–3 with a 4.86 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
In the first game of the California League championship series, he struck out six batters in six innings for the Quakes. In 2016, the Dodgers invited him to spring training in the major leagues.
How Much Does Chase De Jong Make?
Chase De Jong makes an annual average base salary of $700,000.