Zach Robert Plesac
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.
- School Ball State University
- High School Crown Point High School
- Debut May 28, 2019
Zach Plesac is the nephew of Dan Plesac.
He joined Ball State University in 2014 and went 12-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 6 saves in 25 games (6 starts) to earn Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors. He was also named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team, a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American, a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, the Mid-American Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American. In 2015, he was 5-5 with a 3.27 ERA in 16 starts to earn All-MAC Second Team honors. He also played for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League that year. Scout.com says he "has a chance to be a top-three round selection [in 2016]." He was eventually taken in the 12th round of the 2016 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians and made his professional debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League in 2017.
He reached the majors with the Indians at the end of May in 2019 and quickly secured a regular turn in the starting rotation, taking advantage of openings created by a rash of injuries. On September 10th, he pitched his first career complete game and shutout in defeating the Los Angeles Angels, 4-0, on a four-hitter. He was the first Indians rookie to pitch a shutout since Jeremy Sowers in 2006. He had a good rookie season, making 21 starts and pitching 115 2/3 innings, ending up at 8-6, 3.81. On August 9, 2020, he became the first player to be disciplined by his own team for breaking health and safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He had been seen the night before leaving the team's hotel in Chicago, IL without authorization. The Indians sent him home immediately and placed him in isolation until tests could demonstrate that he had not been infected. Teammate Mike Clevinger was then found to have also gone out that fateful evening and was also suspended. Plesac tried to justify himself in a video minimizing what he had done, but it went over like the proverbial lead balloon, as it seemed to demonstrate that he was still completely impervious to how stupid his actions had been. By the time he took the mound again on September 1st, Clevinger had been traded and he had had some time to reflect on his conduct, apologizing to his teammates before reeling off 6 innings of a one-run ball in a 10-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. On September 18th, he threw an immaculate inning in the 2nd inning of a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Another uncle, Joe Plesac, spent time in the minor leagues.
- Jace Evans: "Cleveland Indians send pitcher Zach Plesac home for violating COVID-19 protocols", USA Today, August 9, 2020.