The mustache that Clay rocks on his lip is impressive. But what is equally impressive is the road he took too the majors. Clay grew up in a small town in central Illinois and only had an offer to one D-II school being Souther Illinois -Edwardsville. in ’06 he was drafted in the 30th round to the Arizona Diamondbacks but never reported to spring training because his father passed and he had to go home to take care of the family property. For the next few years Zavada worked a slew of different jobs making ends meet and pitching independent ball where he had a .88 ERA. Last June the Diamondbacks decided to give Clay a second chance and invited him to spring training again. Although he didn’t make the active roster Clay was sent to there AA affiliate in Mobile Alabama and after posting a 2.65 ERA and 18 strike outs. Recently Zavada got pulled up to the show and in his first appearance in a game against the Marlins pitched a shutout inning and got his first major league win. I think the moral of the story is never, ever underestimate the power of the ‘stache.
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