Dillon Gee

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Dillon Gee came to the majors at age 24.

Gee hit .317 as a junior at Cleburne High School. As a senior, he batted .443 and was 12-3 with a no-hitter. He won All-State honors. As a college freshman at the University of Texas at Arlington, he faced adversity with a 5-8, 5.58 record. Dillon was little better as a sophomore (6-9, Sv, 5.35). He was 3-7 with a 4.34 ERA for the Brainerd Blue Thunder of the Northwoods League following his sophomore season. He was his team's top hurler at 4-8, 4.67 as a junior. The New York Mets took him in the 21st round of the 2007 amateur draft; the scout was Ray Corbett.

Gee debuted as a pro with the 2007 Brooklyn Cyclones with a 3-1, 2.47 record and 9 walks in 62 innings. He was 6th in the New York-Penn League. In 2008, he was 8-6 with a 3.25 ERA for the St. Lucie Mets, with 19 walks in 127 1/3 innings; he had a 2-0, 1.33 record for the Binghamton Mets. He had the lowest walk rate in the Florida State League and placed 5th in ERA, right behind Rey Gonzalez. He failed to make the FSL All-Star team as Dylan Owen, Rick Porcello, Graham Taylor and Gonzalez were chosen at pitcher instead.

In 2009, Dillon fell to 1-3, 4.10 for the Buffalo Bisons before an injury cut his season short. He was 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA for the 2010 Bisons with 165 whiffs in 161 1/3 innings. He was second in the International League in wins behind Richard De Los Santos and led in whiffs, 23 ahead of runner-up Todd Redmond. That earned him a September call-up despite his unimpressive ERA.

He won his major league debut with an excellent performance for the New York Mets on September 7, 2010, taking a no-hitter into the 6th inning and limiting the Washington Nationals to 2 hits over 7 innings to earn credit for a 4-1 win. Yuneski Maya, also making his major league debut, was his opponent on the mound. He had never been considered a top-rank pitching prospect, but as he found success in the majors, and improved some of his rate statistics at the same time, the team's thinking about him changed.

Gee went 13-6, 4.43 in his first full season with the Mets in 2011, leading the team in wins. He was a part of the the starting rotation during the first half of 2012, with a record of 6-7, 4.10 in 17 starts. Just before the All-Star break, he suffered a blood clot in his throwing shoulder, then underwent surgery on July 13th, and missed the remainder of the season. He had felt his arm go numb following a start. He was back with the Mets in spring training in 2013, with the aim of reclaiming his old spot in the starting rotation. That he did, and on May 30th, he pitched perhaps the best game of his career in completing a four-game, two ballpark sweep of the New York Yankees. He pitched 7 1/3 innings that day, giving up only one run and striking out a career-high 12 batters as the Mets won, 3-1. He made a career-high 32 starts that season, finishing at 12-11, 3.62. He struck out 142 batters in 199 innings.

Gee was named the Mets opening day starter in 2014, given the unavailability of young ace Matt Harvey. He celebrated by pitching six no-hit innings during his last start of spring training on March 26th against the Houston Astros; the only baserunner he allowed was a walk to Jonathan Villar. He made 22 starts that year, going 7-8, 4.00, missing two months of action between early May and early July because of a strained lat muscle. In 2015, he went on the disabled list in early May with a right groin strain. He was 0-2, 3.86 at the time, then came back in June to make 3 more appearances, during which he allowed 16 runs in 8 1/3 innings to bump up his ERA to 5.90. He was designated for assignment on June 15th, then outrighted to the AAA Las Vegas 51s, where he spent the remainder of the season, missing the Mets' run to the 2015 World Series.

Dillon became a free agent following the 2015 season and signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals in 2016. He made the team's opening day roster and ended up pitching 33 times, including 14 starts, logging 125 innings with a record of 8-9, 4.68. He became a free agent again after the season and signed with the Texas Rangers in January of 2017. He started the year in AAA with the Round Rock Express before being called up at the end of May. He pitched 4 times in relief, with no decisions and an ERA of 4.15 in 13 innings before being designated for assignment on June 16th. He elected for free agency and signed with the Minnesota Twins, making it back to the majors on August 3rd after a stint with the Rochester Red Wings. He made the last 14 appearances of his major league career with the Twins, going 3-2, 3.22. It was a decent performance, but when he hit free agency again after the season, he found no takers and retired.

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