Corey Knebel

Corey Knebel
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 46
Relief pitcher
Born: (1991-11-26) November 26, 1991
Denton, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 24, 2014, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 1–4
Earned run average 4.03
Strikeouts 107

Corey Andrew Knebel (born November 26, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers.

Early life

Knebel was born in Denton, Texas[1] to parents Jeffrey and Melissa Knebel and grew up in Bastrop County, Texas. He attended Bastrop High School where he was a three-year letter winner and a former district MVP. He is a graduate of Georgetown High School, where he moved for his senior season.[2]

College career

Knebel enrolled at the University of Texas in 2011, and played college baseball for the Texas Longhorns baseball team. He became the Longhorn's closer as a freshman and tied J. Brent Cox and Charlie Thames' school records for saves in a single season with 19.[3][4] He was named the NCBWA Stopper of the Year and the Freshman of the Year by the NBCWA and Collegiate Baseball Magazine.[5] Knebel earned First Team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors.[3][4][5]

Knebel was again the Longhorn closer in 2012, finishing the year with nine saves and a 2.08 earned run average.[3] Though unable to match the accolades of his freshman season, he again earned first-team All-Big 12 honors.[3]

Knebel was suspended from the Longhorns twice in 2013, once for violating team rules and once for providing a urine sample to help a teammate beat a drug test.[6]

Professional career

Detroit Tigers

On June 6, 2013, Knebel was drafted by the Detroit Tigers as the 39th pick in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. This supplemental pick was the first traded draft slot in Major League history.[6] The pick was included in a 2012 trade between the Tigers and the Miami Marlins, which included Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, and Jacob Turner.[7] Knebel played for the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps, the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens before being called up by the Tigers. He made his major league debut on May 24, 2014 against the Texas Rangers.[8]

Texas Rangers

On July 23, 2014, the Tigers traded Knebel and Jake Thompson to the Texas Rangers, in exchange for reliever Joakim Soria. After the trade, Knebel was assigned to play for the Rangers' Triple-A team, the Round Rock Express.[9] Knebel sprained the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow in his throwing arm in August, ending his season.[10]

Milwaukee Brewers

On January 19, 2015, the Rangers traded Knebel, Luis Sardiñas, and Marcos Diplan to the Milwaukee Brewers for Yovani Gallardo.[11]


  1. "Corey Knebel Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  2. Dukes, Chris (June 19, 2013). "Former Bear signs big league contract". Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Corey Knebel". Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  4. 1 2 Corona, Christian (April 16, 2012). "Sophomore All-American closer Corey Knebel: I wish the UT coaches would 'make up their mind if I'm going to be a reliever or closer'". Dallas Morning-News. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  5. 1 2 Dukes, Chris (June 21, 2011). "Baseball: Knebel named NCBWA's Stopper of the Year". Bastrop Advertiser. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  6. 1 2 Beck, Jason (June 7, 2013). "Detroit tabs Texas closer Knebel at No. 39". Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  7. Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Tigers Acquire Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  8. Kornacki, Steve (May 24, 2014). "Tigers prospect Corey Knebel roughed up in debut". Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  9. Randhawa, Manny (July 23, 2014). "Tigers land All-Star reliever Soria from Rangers". MLB. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  11. Watkins, Calvin (January 19, 2015). "Yovani Gallardo headed to Rangers". ESPN.

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