Q&A: Maple Grove native Joey Gerber on making MLB debut with Seattle

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Former Wayzata high school pitcher Joey Gerber was recently called up by the Seattle Mariners. He talked to KSTP Sports about that and his path to the majors.

***Click the video box on this page to watch our chat with Gerber***

Drafted in the eighth round by the Mariners in 2018, Gerber had pitched in the Big Ten for the University of Illinois. His one lone full minor league season was 2019, but with major league rosters growing this summer and in an organization starving for pitching help, he was added to the 40-man and ultimately the 28-man roster.

Gerber was solid in his first two appearances, retiring a total of seven hitters in a row. His highlight was getting Angels All-Star Mike Trout to ground out. He gave up three runs in a later appearance vs. Colorado, but is getting more and more comfortable with each outing.

A 6-4, 215-pound righthander, Gerber was a 2015 Wayzata high school graduate.