Mike Zagurski, LHP for the 2004 Anchorage Glacier Pilots, was signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and has been battling to break into their major-league rotation this spring.
Zagurski has had several cups of coffee with big-league clubs; he came up with the Philles in 2007, 2010, and 2011 and with Arizona in 2012. The results have not been especially fantastic. He’s the owner of a 6.13 ERA in the big leagues. He had an opening to win a spot in the Pittsburgh pen this spring training, but was sent back to the minors before opening day.
So far, though, he has had an excellent season at AAA Indianapolis of the International League. He’s generated a 2.29 ERA over 19.2 innings of relief, striking out an eye-popping 34 batters and walking just 8. In previous stints he’s had trouble with his walks, but his ratio at AAA has been excellent. You have to believe he’s an injury or a trade away from another shot to stick in the big leagues.
Check out this video with Zagurski reminiscing about his time in the Alaska Baseball League: