Brooks Raley: 2023 Mets Left-Handed Specialist

 Brooks Lee Raley was born June 29th, 1988, in San Antonio, Texas. The six-foot, three left hander attended Texas A&M University getting drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the 2009 Amateur draft.

He was promoted to the Cubs staff in August of 2012. In 2013 he was up & down from AAA Iowa three times, making nine appearances with a 5.14 ERA allowing sight runs in 14 innings.

Korean Baseball Organization: In December 2014 Raley signed a contract to play in the Korean Baseball Organization with the Lotte Giants. He played in five years in the KBO going 48-53 with a 4.13 ERA striking out 755 batters in 910 innings. 

For 2020 he signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds & he made the team for the Covid19 season. After four games he was traded to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later. In 17 appearances he went 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA. 

2020 Post Season: Rayley made an appearance in one game of the ALWC. In the ALDS he took
the loss in Game #3 giving up a pair of runs to the Oakland Athletics. It was the only game Oakland won in the series.

2020 ALCS: In the ALCS he made four appearances in the seven-game loss to the Tampa Rays. In Game #5 he was credited with a hold retiring three batters over the 6th & 7th innings.

In 2021 he returned to the Astros appearing in 58 games, going 2-3 with six saves posting a 3.94 ERA. Rayley recorded his first save in the third game of the season. 

In May he took back-to-back losses to start out the month. On May 13th he came in the game in the 11th inning & earned his first win coming against the Rangers. In that same series he earned another win three days later.

2021 Post Season:
In the ALDS he gave up three runs to the Chicago White Sox in the Game #3 loss. In the ALCS he appeared in three games of relief in the win over the Boston Red Sox. 

2021 World Series: Rayley got to his first World Series that year & would appear in four games. He finished off Game #1 & was credited with a hold in Game #4. In four games he posted a 2.70 ERA allowing a run in 3.1 innings.

In 2022 he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Rays. He started out the season with a save against the Orioles on Opening Day. On May 6th, he pitched the 9th inning in Seattle earning his first & only victory of the season. 

On the year he collected 25 holds, going 1-2 with six saves. He posted a 2.68 ERA with left hand batters batting just .155 against him on the year. 

Mets Career: On December 7th, 2022, he was traded to the New York Mets for Keyshawn Askew.

Family: Rayley met his wife at Texas A&M, where she played for the school's women's soccer team. Together they have four children, three girls & a boy.

He comes from a baseball family, his father played in the Toronto Blue Jays organization from 1981-1982. Two of his bothers Russell & Cory also played minor league ball.


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