Josh Zeid - Week #1
This weeks Player Spotlight and our very first one is Josh Zeid. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Josh, a Right-handed Pitcher, played High School Baseball at Hamden Hall Country Day School and was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2005 for the State of Connecticut. He went on to play collegiately at Vanderbilt University for two years and Tulane University for his final two seasons. Josh was drafted in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 as a college senior.
Josh was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010 and was ranked the 19th prospect during the 2011 Minor League Season. He was then traded to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence as part of a 5 player trade in July of 2011. In 2013 Josh made his Major League Debut against the Baltimore Orioles where he pitched 2/3’s of an inning retiring Adam Jones, and Matt Weiters. He went on to pitch for the Astros over the next 2 seasons, pitching in 48 games before playing for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets in AAA.
Josh may be best known for his role with Team Israel in the 2012 and 2017 World Baseball Classic. In the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn Josh went 1-0 over two games throwng 6.2 innings and giving up 1 earned run helping the team qualify for the WBC in the Spring of 2017. In the official tournament, Zeid pitched in 4 games, went 1-0 with 2 saves over 10 innings and gave up 0 earned runs to help his team go 4-0 in their first 4 games. He earned that win over South Korea in South Korea in what is now being called one of the biggest upsets in baseball history. He was named to the World Baseball Classic “All-World Team” after the tournament along side Marcus Stroman, Yadier Molina, Eric Hosmer, Javier Baez, Christian Yellich among others. His game-used hat from that major upset now resides in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Josh is currently an employee of the Chicago Cubs Player Development Team and is actively training for the 2021 Olympics with Team Israel.