Who is Randy Dobnak? Wiki, Biography, Net Worth, Age, Girlfriend

Randy Dobnak, aka Randy Travis William Dobnak, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Dobnak went to South Park High School in Pennsylvania’s South Park Township. Dobnak played collegiate baseball for the Battlers of NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia.

Dobnak went undrafted out of college in 2017 and played for the United Shore Professional Baseball League’s Utica Unicorns. Dobnak had previously piqued the interest of Utica manager Jim Essian when playing with Essian’s son at Alderson Broaddus as a freshman and sophomore. In six outings with Utica, Dobnak went 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA.

Dobnak signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins[5] on August 1, 2017, for a signing fee of $500, based on YouTube recordings of his outings — the Twins never scouted him in person. In 2017, he split time between the Elizabethton Twins and the Cedar Rapids Kernels, going 2–0 with a 2.43 ERA in 33 innings.

Dobnak started the season with the Class A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle, then moved up to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and finally to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

In 24 games (21 starts) with those three organizations in 2019, he went 12–4 with a 2.07 ERA while striking out 109 batters in 135 innings. The Twins picked Dobnak’s contract and promoted him to the major leagues on August 8, 2019.

On August 9, he made his relief debut, pitching four scoreless innings.  In nine appearances (five starts) with the 2019 Twins, Dobnak was 2–1 with one save and a 1.59 ERA, striking out 23 batters in 28+13 innings. He was named to the Twins’ postseason squad and started Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees.

Dobnak and the Twins agreed to a five-year, $9.25 million agreement on March 28, 2021, which included three club option years with escalators that could raise the total cost up to $29.75 million. Dobnak was placed on the 60-day disabled list on July 17 due to a finger strain. Dobnak was activated off the injured list on September 1.

Dobnak grew up a Pirates fan, attending Opening Day every year and estimating that he has seen over 150 games at PNC Park. On August 5, 2020, he made his PNC Park debut, pitching six scoreless innings and earning the win in a 5-2 Twins victory.

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