Jake Brentz has been one of the finest relievers for the Kansas City Royals thus far, which no one expected.
Jake Brentz has finally received his chance to throw for a major-league team after seven years in the minors, and the Kansas City Royals are grateful they did.
Brentz, who was selected in the 11th round of the 2013 Blue Jays draft, spent three years in Toronto’s minor league system before joining the Mariners.
He also worked in Pittsburgh’s and Kansas City’s agriculture systems, where he is now. He attended Parkway South High School in Manchester, Missouri, where he grew up (although from the opposite side of the state).
Brentz dazzled in spring training, compiling a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched and earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. He’s pitched in six games for the Royals so far, allowing no runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
Brentz’s family was in attendance for his first outing, and his sister was in tears seeing him pitch in the big leagues, according to the Royals’ radio announcers.
Brentz’s comeback has taken a long time, but he’s throwing effectively now, and it’s difficult not to root for him.
How Much Does Jake Brentz Make?
Jake Brentz earns a base salary of $711,250.