Meet Pitching Coach Jason Simontacchi
Part two of our Meet the Peoria Chiefs 2013 Coaching Staff series focuses on pitching coach Jason Simontacchi.
- Makes his coaching debut this season as the Chiefs pitching coach.
- Will be on the Peoria stop of the Cardinals Caravan on Sunday, January 20. Doors open at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria at 5:30 pm and the event begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $2.00 and available at the door.
Pre professional career:
- A native of Sunnyvale, California, Simontacchi pitched for the Sunnyvale Metro Cardinals Little League and was All-League Fremont High School (also the alma mater of Troy Tulowitzki)
- Father John made it to Double-A with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization
- Was a Junior College All-American at DeAnza College
- Pitched one season at San Jose State before transferring to the Albertson College of Idaho
- Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round of the 1996 draft.
- After a season of short-season ball in Spokane, Simontacchi went 3-7 with a 6.97 ERA in 29 games and one start for the Lansing Lugnuts in the 1997 Midwest League season. Took the loss to the Chiefs on April 27 at Pete Vonachen Stadium.
- Released by the Royals after the 1997 season and played independent ball in Springfield, Illinois in 1998 with the Capitals.
- Signed with Pittsburgh and pitched in A-ball in 1999 going 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in Hicory before signing with Rimini Baseball Club in the Italian Professional League.
- Went 12-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 2000 for Rimini and was named to Team Italy for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
- Beat South Africa before taking the loss against the Netherlands. In three Olympic outings, Simontacchi struck out 10 in 15 1/3 innings and posted a 1.17 ERA.
- Signed with the Twins and pitched in the Venezuelan Winter League before being assigned to Triple-A Edmonton for the 2001 season. In 32 games and 18 starts he was 7-13 with a 5.34 ERA.
- Signed with the Cardinals for the 2002 season and made his MLB debut on May 4, 2002
- Finished the 2002 season with an 11-5 record and a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts as the Cardinals won the NL Central.
- Finished ninth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and also finished seventh in the NL in win percentage.
- In 2003, Simontacchi pitched seven innings for the Chiefs in an exhibition game win over Bradley University
- Was 9-5 with a 5.56 ERA in 46 games for the Cardinals in 2003.
- Pitched in 13 games in St. Louis in 2004 but spent most of the season in Triple-A Memphis going 7-4 with a 4.33 ERA.
- Pitched Independent ball in 2006 and returned to the Majors in 2007 with the Washington Nationals going 6-7 with a 6.37 ERA in 13 games.
- Pitched in the Independent Atlantic League in 2008 with Long Island and 2010 with Lancaster before retiring.
- As a Major Leaguer, Simontacchi was 26-17 with a 5.09 ERA in 96 games and 53 starts.