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American baseball player (born 1990)

Baseball player

Dusten Devoil Knight (born September 7, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 28th round of the 2013 MLB draft.

Amateur career[edit]

Knight attended Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.[1] Undrafted out of high school, he attended Connors State College for two years,[2] before transferring to University of Texas–Pan American in Edinburg, Texas for two years.[3]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Knight was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 28th round of the 2013 MLB draft.[4] Knight made his professional debut with the rookie-level Arizona League Giants, and capped his debut year with a 1.13 ERA in 18 appearances. In 2014, Knight played for the Low-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, pitching to a 3.65 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 24 games. He spent the following season with the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets, logging a 2.69 ERA in 38 games with the team. In 2016, Knight played for the High-A San Jose Giants, but wasn’t as effective as his previous years, posting a 5.02 ERA in 43 games. For the 2017 season, Knight split the year between San Jose and the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, accumulating a 2.93 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched across 39 appearances.[5] In 2018, Knight played for Sacramento, the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, and the AZL Giants, recording a 1.71 ERA in 29 games between the three affiliates.[6]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On December 13, 2018, Knight was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the minor league phase of the 2018 Rule 5 draft.[7] Knight opened the 2019 season with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Twins organization, going 1.59 ERA over 7 games before being released on May 3, 2019.[8]

Diablos Rojos del México[edit]

On May 7, 2019, Knight signed with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican League, going 2–4 with a 5.55 ERA over 23 games with them. He was released on July 15.[8]

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs[edit]

On July 24, 2019, Knight signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[8] He finished the season going 3–6 with a 3.78 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 78.2 innings pitched. Knight did not play in 2020 with the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] He became a free agent after the year.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On February 2, 2021, Knight signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.[10] He opened the season with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides,[11] pitching to a 3.05 ERA in 35 appearances.

On August 4, 2021, Knight was selected to the 40-man roster and promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[12] Knight struggled with Baltimore, making 7 appearances with a 9.35 ERA and 11 strikeouts. On September 19, the Orioles designated Knight for assignment.[13] He was outrighted to Norfolk on September 21. On November 7, 2021, Knight elected free agency.[14]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On February 10, 2022, Knight signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[15] He was assigned to the Triple-A Durham Bulls to begin the season. On April 13, the Rays selected Knight’s contract to the active roster.[16] He was designated for assignment on April 14, 2022. On April 17, Knight was sent outright to Triple-A Durham.[17] On May 22, Knight was selected back to the active roster.[18]

He was designated for assignment again on July 17 and sent outright to Triple-A. On September 23, Knight was designated for assignment by the Rays for the third time.

Cleveland Guardians[edit]

On February 8, 2023, Knight signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Guardians.[19] Knight was released by the organization on March 25.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Johnson, Ben. “Knight’s tale”. Tahlequah Daily Press. Archived from the original on 2021-08-16. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  2. ^ SHORT, JEREMY. “Fisher signs with Connors State”. Tahlequah Daily Press. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  3. ^ Johnson, Ben. “Former Tahlequah Tiger happy to be drafted”. Muskogee Phoenix. Archived from the original on 2021-08-16. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  4. ^ “San Francisco Giants Draft Dusten Knight”. UTRGV Athletics. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  5. ^ “Dusten Knight College, Minor, Winter, Mexican & Independent Leagues Statistics & History”.
  6. ^ Epps, Wayne. “Flying Squirrels’ Dusten Knight flipping through standout year”. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2021-08-16. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  7. ^ “Twins conclude Winter Meetings by picking up pitcher Dusten Knight in Rule 5 draft”. Twin Cities. 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  8. ^ a b c “Knight Makes Major League Debut”. UTRGV Athletics. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  9. ^ “Atlantic League scraps full 2020 season; teams free to set own schedules | Ballpark Digest”. 19 June 2020.
  10. ^ Elizondo, John (2021-02-13). “Pitcher finds second shot at Major League dream”. WOAI. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  11. ^ “Knight Makes Major League Debut”. Texas Border Business. 2021-08-06. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  12. ^ Kubatko, Roch. “Knight and Diplán poised to make major league debuts”. MASNSports.com.
  13. ^ “Orioles Designate Dusten Knight, Select Thomas Eshelman”.
  14. ^ “2021-22 Minor League Free Agents for All 30 MLB Teams”.
  15. ^ Adams, Steve. “Rays, Dusten Knight Agree To Minor League Deal”. mlbtraderumors.com.
  16. ^ RotoWire, Staff (April 13, 2022). “Rays’ Dusten Knight: Contract selected by Rays”. CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  17. ^ “Rays’ Dusten Knight: OKs outright assignment”. cbssports.com. Retrieved 2023-01-15.
  18. ^ “Rays’ Dusten Knight: Back with big club”. cbssports.com. Retrieved 2023-02-08.
  19. ^ “Guardians’ Dusten Knight: Receives NRI deal from Cleveland”. cbssports.com. Retrieved 2023-02-08.
  20. ^ https://www.milb.com/transactions/2023-03-25

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