Chillicothe native Zach McAllister signs deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks

Zach McAllister's birthday came with an extra-special present.

The Chillicothe native, who turned 35 on Thursday, signed a minor-league free agent contract to play the 2023 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. McAllister appeared in 56 games last season with the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds.

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The right-hander went 5-2 in 67.2 innings, posting a 3.99 ERA with two saves, 90 strikeouts and 27 walks for the Redbirds in 2022. Following the upcoming spring training season in Scottsdale, Ariz., the 2006 Illinois Valley Central grad will likely start his season in Triple-A with the Reno Aces.

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McAllister achieved a milestone last season, winning his 100th career game (71 minor league, 29 major league) over the course of 16 professional seasons. He appeared in 280 MLB games from 2011-2018 with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. He also appeared in the 2016 World Series.

His parents, Steve and Jeannine McAllister, live in Chillicothe. His dad, who is a Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame inductee, acts as the Diamondbacks Midwest Scouting Supervisor.

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.

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